Drama Curriculum

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Year 9

Autumn Term
Introduction to Drama: students will explore a variety of group working skills needed to be successful on their drama courses and a number of different workshops designed to get them used to making drama from a range of stimuli. Students will learn how to target their work to a number of different audiences.

Bugsy Malone: students will learn about the style of the musical, Bugsy Malone. Students will perform various scenes in different styles, including slapstick, vaudeville, comedy gangsters, etc.

Spring Term
Darkwood Manor: a series of lessons all based around one story. Students will create their own character and work imaginatively and collaboratively to explore the mysterious story of the strange Darkwood Manor.

Evaluating Theatre: students will have the chance to watch some drama work made by older students as part of their GCSE or A Level courses. Students will then learn how to evaluate live theatre and create a review.

Summer Term
Scripts: students will work with a range of different pieces of script, learning lines and developing scenes and characters.

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Year 10 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will work on a project where they devise a piece of live theatre from a given stimulus. They will focus on developing their performance skills and learn about the challenges of promenade theatre. This will involve self-evaluation and compromise as well as a real creative and practical challenge. Students will then go on to learn about monologues and how to perform them. This will involve them studying a topic which offers the opportunity to create their own characters and write a script for them. Both the writing and performing of this work will be assessed. The focus will be on vocal skills.

Promenade theatre performance: End of October

Monologue performances: End of December

Spring Term
The focus shifts to character development and the ability to interpret and stage a script. We will give students extracts from Shakespeare plays and they will work in pairs to prepare duologues as their assessment piece. Successful communication of character and situation is important here.

We will arrange a theatre visit for students to complete a mock evaluation in preparation for their Unit 2 coursework (next term.)

Theatre visit date: TBC

Summer Term
Students will learn about stylised theatre techniques in preparation for their Year 11 coursework. This involves learning challenging terminology and practices and applying them to performance pieces.

Finally this year students will begin work on their first unit of coursework. This will involve a series of assessed practical lessons exploring the topic of Crime & Punishment. This coursework is internally assessed and externally assessed by the moderator.

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Year 11 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
All students will continue working on their Unit 1 coursework. This involves the study and practical exploration of the theme Crime & Punishment. Students are assessed on their practical work by their teachers. Students are also assessed on a 2,000 word written evaluation of this process.

Next students will complete their second unit of coursework which involves a visit to the theatre to see a live piece of drama, which they then evaluate in the form of a 2,000 word essay. Students will then go on to explore this play text practically during lessons, and complete the unit by writing an evaluation of this process (1,000 words).

Written coursework deadline: January.

Spring Term
Students will be put into groups and begin work on their final performance exam, Unit 3 (worth 40%). This will involve extra rehearsals outside of school. The performances can be either devised or scripted, but need to be between 15 and 45 minutes long, depending on the size of the group. Teachers will help to direct and support students in this process where they will enjoy the opportunity to put into practice all the skills and experiences they have gained over the course.

Summer Term
Students will complete the final preparations for their Unit 3 performance exam. This will involve extra rehearsals outside of school.

Unit 3 Exam: 40% of the year, externally assessed performance in May (TBC)

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Year 12 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will begin work on Unit 1 coursework (40% of this year). This involves the study and practical exploration of two set texts. The students’ practical work will be assessed each lesson and contribute to their coursework mark for this unit. They will then complete a 3,000 word written evaluation of this learning which is also internally assessed. We will also organise a theatre visit where students will be expected to evaluate and analyse the production values used by the company. This will form a 1,000 word essay and also count towards the coursework grade.

Coursework deadline: January (TBC)

Spring Term
All students will begin preparation for their Unit 2 exam. This involves the selection, research and preparation of a monologue of their choice, and a performance in a group piece directed by a teacher. These performances are externally assessed in front of a live audience. This unit counts for 60% of this year.

Monologue exam: March (TBC)
Group performance exam: May (TBC)

Summer Term
Students will complete the final preparation for their group performance exam.

Next students will receive their Unit 3 Stimulus and begin to explore this practically. This will involve a series of teacher led workshops exploring a number of theatre practitioners and their methodologies. Students will be set a summer homework task to research the stimulus and prepare a presentation of their research and initial ideas for the project.

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Year 13 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Firstly students will share the presentations that they have prepared over the summer. This will give an indication of the direction that each individual wishes to take the stimulus and the research that has been completed so far. Students are put into groups and begin working independently on the development of the final devised piece for Unit 3 (based on work completed last half term). Extra out of school rehearsals are required to prepare for this and it is vital that written notes are taken by students throughout the process. Teachers assess all practical contributions during the process. The final performance of the Unit 3 piece will take place on an evening to an invited audience. This is assessed by the teachers and moderated externally by the exam board.

Performance exam date: November 2015

Spring Term
Students begin work on the practical and theoretical preparation for the Unit 4 exam. They will be required to research the set text (Woyzeck by Georg Buchner) and a selected Shakespeare play. A visit to the theatre will take place this term to see a live, contemporary production of the Shakespeare play. Students will be taught exam technique as well as sitting a full mock in preparation for the final exam. A visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon is being planned to help students to fully understand the context of Shakespeare’s world.

Summer Term
Final preparations for Unit 4 written exam. This will involve practice papers, exam technique and extra revision sessions in the final weeks before the exam.

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