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
Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students begin the course by learning about stylised theatre skills which they will go on to use in each practical element of the course. This will involve a series of workshops, culminating in a piece of theatre devised by the group to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the techniques they’ve used. This will feed into their assessment week in October.

After autumn half term the students will be given their stimulus material and allocated their final component 1 groups. The early stages of this component will involve whole class exploration and research, and as the groups are formed students will take on responsibility for their progress and area of interest. This will involve self-evaluation and compromise as well as a real creative and practical challenge. The assessment includes a portfolio which can be either written or recorded, which will document their process and evaluate the success of the final performance piece.

Spring Term
Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will continue to work in their groups to refine and rehearse their devised performances. Work on the portfolios will continue during lessons and for homework. Extra rehearsals at lunchtimes and after school are strongly recommended. Rooms can be booked in advance through the department.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

We will arrange a theatre visit for students so that they can complete a mock evaluation in preparation for their component 3 exam.

Theatre visit date: TBC

Summer Term
Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will perform their devised plays and complete the first draft of their portfolios. This will conclude the class time on component 1. This work is internally marked by the drama teachers in the department and will be moderated later in the year by an external moderator.

Component 2: Performing Exam (20%)

Students will begin preparation for their performance exam. This will involve being allocated a new group and a scripted play to study.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will begin preparatory work on the set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. This will involve reading the play and practical workshops.

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Year 11 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Component 2: Performance exam (20%)

Rehearsals in groups will continue during lesson time. The teacher will structure this process with regular show-back of rehearsed work, character exploration tasks, improvised acting tasks, etc.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will continue to explore and study the set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. This will involve study of the text, practical exploration, practice questions, quizzes, etc. Students will be expected to complete tasks during lesson time and for homework. Extra revision sessions will take place from half term onwards.

Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will receive the marked first draft of the portfolio and have the opportunity to improve this work. The final submission will happen before Christmas. This work will then be sent to the exam board for external moderation. The results of this component will be given to students by the exam board in August along with the exam results (components 2 & 3).

Spring Term
Component 2: Performance Exam (20%)

Students will continue rehearsals and preparations for their performance exam which must take place before the end of March. The visiting examiner will contact us to negotiate a date which will be mutually suitable. We will let you know when this date is at the earliest possible opportunity. Extra rehearsals outside of lesson time (lunchtimes and after school) will continue.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

We will arrange a theatre visit to enable students to prepare for this element of the written exam (worth a quarter of the marks). Class time will be allocated to the evaluation of the production, practice questions and exam technique.

Students will complete a full mock exam which will assess their ability to evaluate live theatre, and their understanding of the set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. Preparation work will continue in class and during revision sessions. This will include practice questions, practical and written exploration, short quizzes and tests.

Summer Term
Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will complete the final preparations for their component 3 written exam. This will involve revision sessions outside of school

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Year 12 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Component 1: Devising 40%

Students begin the course by learning about Brechtian theatre skills and Epic Theatre, which they will go on to use in all elements of this component. This will involve a series of workshops, culminating in a piece of theatre devised by the group to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the techniques they’ve used.

After autumn half term the students will be given their stimulus material and their final component 1 groups. The early stages of this component will involve whole class exploration and research, and as the groups are formed students will take on responsibility for their progress and area of interest. This will involve self-evaluation and compromise as well as a real creative and practical challenge. The assessment includes a portfolio which can be either written or recorded, which will document their process and evaluate the success of the final performance piece.

Extra rehearsals at lunchtimes and after school are strongly recommended. Rooms can be booked in advance through the department.

Spring Term
Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will continue to work in their groups to refine and rehearse their devised performances. Work on the portfolios will continue during lessons and for homework.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

We will arrange a theatre visit for students so that they can complete a mock evaluation in preparation for their component 3 exam.

Theatre visit date: TBC

Summer Term
Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will perform their devised plays and complete the first draft of their portfolios. This will conclude the class time on component 1. This work is internally marked by the drama teachers in the department and will be moderated later in the year by an external moderator.

Component 2: Performing Exam (20%)

Students will begin preparation for their performance exam. This will involve being allocated a new group and a scripted play to study. Students will also need to begin the process of choosing their monologue or duologue.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will begin preparatory work on the set texts, Woyzeck by Georg Buchner and Colder Than Here by Laura Wade. This will involve reading the plays and practical workshops.

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Year 13 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Component 2: Performance Exam (20%)

Rehearsals in groups and on individual monologues will continue during lesson time. The teacher will structure this process with regular show-back of rehearsed work, character exploration tasks, improvised acting tasks, etc. Extra rehearsals (at lunchtime and after school) will be strongly recommended throughout this term leading up to the exam. The rooms are available to be booked through the department.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will continue to explore and study the set texts Woyzeck by Georg Buchner and Colder Than Here by Laura Wade. This will involve study of the texts, practical exploration, practice questions, quizzes, etc. Students will be expected to complete tasks during lesson time and for homework. Extra revision sessions will take place from half term onwards.

Component 1: Devising (40%)

Students will receive the marked first draft of the portfolio and have the opportunity to improve this work. The final submission will happen before Christmas. This work will then be sent to the exam board for external moderation. The results of this component will be given to students by the exam board in August along with the exam results (components 2 & 3).

Spring Term
Component 2: Performance Exam (20%)

Students will continue rehearsals and preparations for their performance exam which must take place before the end of March. The visiting examiner will contact us to negotiate a date which will be mutually suitable. We will let you know when this date is at the earliest possible opportunity. Extra rehearsals outside of lesson time (lunchtimes and after school) will continue and are strongly recommended.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

We will arrange a theatre visit to enable students to prepare for this element of the written exam (worth a quarter of the marks). Class time will be allocated to the evaluation of the production, practice questions and exam technique.

Students will complete a full mock exam which will assess their ability to evaluate live theatre, and their understanding of the set texts, Woyzeck by Georg Buchner and Colder Than Here by Laura Wade. Preparation work will continue in class and during revision sessions. This will include practice questions, practical and written exploration, short quizzes and tests.

Summer Term
Component 3: Written Exam (40%)

Students will complete the final preparations for their component 3 written exam. This will involve revision sessions outside of school.

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