Drama

Drama is ‘the collaborative exploration and analysis of meaning through the enactment of events’. Drama enables pupils to symbolise the world in ways that engage the intellect and the emotions. Through drama pupils can develop their ‘emotional literacy’ and analytical awareness by seeing the world imaginatively from other perspectives. This imaginative engagement underpins the development of their critical thinking. At St Mary’s we aim to promote individual self-confidence, encourage social cooperation and enhance creativity through highly engaging lessons. We aim to inspire our pupils to become superb collaborators and nurture their talents in performance through key stage three clubs and whole school productions.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 pupils follow programmes of study inspired by the national strategy drama objectives bank. They learn to create, perform and evaluate drama across a range of historical periods, genres and styles. Pupils create and perform collaboratively in groups and learn how to evaluate the success of their own and others performances. They learn how to develop acting skills and performance techniques when approaching both scripted and devised work through the topics outlined below:

Year 7

  • Working Together
  • 'The Twits’
  • The Island
  • 'Bugsy Malone'

 

Year 8

  • Silent Movies
  • Pantomime
  • Greek Theatre
  • 'Bouncers'
Key Stage 4
Students who opt to study Drama at GCSE will follow the AQA syllabus. The course develops a range of practical, creative and performance skills. Allows pupils to work imaginatively and creatively in groups, developing and communicating ideas. It also develops transferable skills including, analysis and independent enquiry, that can be applied to a wide range of subjects.

Students are assessed in three areas:

Component 1 – Written Exam 40% Students sit an exam (1 hr 45 mins) at the end of the course in which they answer a series of questions on theatre knowledge and understanding, a set text and live theatre they have seen
 Component 2 – Devised Performance 40%  Students create a group performance exploring a stimulus. This performance is filmed in front of a live audience.

Students will individually write a piece of coursework (2,500 words) that outlines the devising process.

 Component 3 – Scripted Performance  20%  Students study and perform 2 extracts from a scripted play and perform these to a visiting examiner.
Students who opt to take Drama GCSE will need to have a genuine interest in performing and enjoy working as a group.

It is also compulsory for all pupils to attend evening theatre trips as well as lunch time and after school rehearsals when

preparing for performances.

 

Exam Board: AQA (specification 8261)

For further details please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse

Key Stage 5
Students who opt to study A Level Drama will follow the AQA syllabus and will develop;

-          Their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre, through experience as audience members and through the development of their own dramatic and theatrical skills.

-          Their knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama and theatre through detailed study of dramatic texts in their context, and of the work of prescribed theatre practitioners.

-          The ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance through studying and attending theatrical performances different periods, styles and with different aims.

Students are assessed in three areas:

Component 1 – Drama and Theatre 40% Students will sit a written exam (3hours) at the end of the course in which they answer a series of questions on two set texts and live theatre they have seen.
Component 2 – Devised Theatre 30% Students create a group performance exploring a stimulus. This performance is filmed in front of a live audience.

Students will individually write a piece of coursework (3000 words) that outlines the devising process.

Component 3 – Performance of Plays 30% Students will study and perform 3 extracts from 3 different scripted plays.

They will perform extract 3 to a visiting examiner and prepare a piece of written coursework (3000 words) that outlines their rehearsal process.

Students who opt to take Drama A Level will need to have a genuine interest in performing and enjoy working as a group. It is also compulsory for all pupils to attend evening theatre trips as well as lunch time and after school rehearsals when preparing for performances.

Exam Board: AQA (specification 7262)

For further details please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level


For further information about the Drama curriculum please contact:

Ms R Brownsword – Head of Drama Department