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KS3 Drama is an introduction of basic drama skills many of which are transferable to other subjects and designed to widen their academic and practical skill base and build confidence. Students will consistently be taught in a practical way, often working in small groups, constantly asked to give feedback and asked to perform extracts of their work to the rest of the class.

TERM

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

1

Storytelling

Introduction of basic skills

Movie trailers

Acting to the camera (storyboarding)

2

Circus

Mime and Improvisation

Pantomime

Characterisation and Melodrama

3

Devising

The devising process

Scripted plays

Genre or scripts

4

Character

Characterisation (Facial expressions and Physicality)

Issue based

Thought tracking, actions and consequences

5

Text

Stimulus, improvisation and rehearsal techniques

Final project

Combination of skills learnt so far in KS3

N.B. Some projects are slightly longer / shorter than the actual terms

Lessons are carefully planned to ensure students cover all they need to within each topic.

 

KS4 Drama is an option subject where in year 9 we develop their basic skills learnt in KS3 and then prepare and teach them the elements of their GCSE in year 10 and 11.They are all studying the AQA specification, Year 9 and 10 are studying the new specification and year 11 are studying the old specification.

TERM

YEAR 9

YEAR 10

1

Introduction to course - Skills workshops to develop their basic skills including Voice, Physicality, Movement and Improvisation

Investigating Practitioners – looking at drama playwrights and practitioners who have developed drama over the years.

2

Introduction to course - Skills workshops to develop their basic skills including Voice, Physicality, Movement and Improvisation

Study of set work – studying the set text through both practical and written means preparing for the final exam in year 3

3

Scripted Plays – Studying and acting using a variety of genre plays

Study of set work – studying the set text through both practical and written means preparing for the final exam in year 3

4

Scripted Plays – Studying and acting using a variety of genre plays

Devising techniques – Preparation of skills and written log leading up to the final exam

5

Devising Plays – Students learn how to devise their own plays from a stimulus, learning devising techniques and concepts.

Devising techniques – Preparation of skills and written log leading up to the final exam

N.B. Some projects are slightly longer / shorter than the actual terms

 

KS4 Drama is an option subject where in year 9 we develop their basic skills learnt in KS3 and then prepare and teach them the elements of their GCSE in year 10 and 11.They are all studying the AQA specification, Year 9 and 10 are studying the new specification and year 11 are studying the old specification.

TERM

YEAR 11

1

Understanding Drama 40%- Examined in a single written exam at the end of the course. Three sections: Multiple choice; Set Play; Production Seen

2

Understanding Drama 40%- Examined in a single written exam at the end of the course. Three sections: Multiple choice; Set Play; Production Seen

3

Texts in Practice (performing) 20%- Performance of two extracts from one play. Externally assessed by AQA.

4

Texts in Practice (performing) 20%- Performance of two extracts from one play. Externally assessed by AQA. Revision of Set Text for written exam

5

Revision sessions of all aspects of the exam

 

KS5 Drama is AQA Theatre Studies and focuses on looking at a variety of practitioners, set texts and practically analyse these. They are required to devise their own pieces and to perform regularly looking at a variety of genre scripts. Year 12 will be studying the new specification at AS level and year 13 will be completing on the old specification.

TERM

YEAR 12

YEAR 13

1

Study and studio work on set text ‘A Servant of Two Masters’. Two timed essays and reading homework on social/historical and genre issues of the play.

Study and studio work on set text one ‘The Trial’. Four timed essays. Homework: background reading for the set text. Three timed essays.

2

Further work on set text. Three timed essays. Preparation and performance of play extract one. Homework: writing support portfolio for performed extract one. External moderation date to be fixed with examination board.

 

Further work on ‘The Trial’. Three timed essays. Preparation in groups of a devised piece of drama in relation to a specific form of theatrical practice. Homework: writing up three sections of supporting notes (710 word limit for each section).

3

Finish performance and written work on extract one. Preparation and performance of play extract two linked to the work of a specified practitioner. Homework: writing support portfolio for performed extract two. Theatre visit and preparation of appropriate notes for use in examination. Two timed essays.

Initial study/studio work on second set text ‘A Servant of Two Masters. Two timed essays .Completion of all aspects of the devised drama. Homework: Completion and improvement of supporting notes.

4

Performance of extract two for external moderation. Moderation of all portfolio’s/supporting notes. Revision of set text. Three timed essays. Revision of all materials for the written examination which normally occurs in May.

External moderation of devised pieces and supporting notes. Further work/homework on second set text. Timed essays on theatre visit and set texts.

5

Induction for A Level

Revision sessions during study leave for the June examination.

N.B. Some projects are slightly longer / shorter than the actual terms

Lessons are carefully planned to ensure students cover all they need to within each topic. For instance, to answer the question 'What would the world be like without bees?’ students have to first cover subject knowledge about green plants and plant reproduction, before entering into a project.

There are twelve questions that will be studied over the two years, and the iPad will be integral to learning. Extended learning tasks run alongside the teaching in class. This is available to support the students learning outside of the classroom when at home. The extended learning tasks also signposts websites to help with revision.