Key Stage 3 Summary
The Drama Department seeks to build a learning culture of ambition, achievement, self belief and learning, born out of an exciting and inspiring curriculum.
Using the best possible partnerships, students will be given the opportunity to develop their talents to produce outstanding creative work.
Across Key Stage 3 we build the four core skills that students need to be successful in Drama.
- Creativity and Cooperation
- Performance Skills
- Theatre Knowledge and Understanding
- Performance Evaluation
We have designed the curriculum to cover a wide breadth of different theatre genres and styles, with a focus on encouraging effective teamwork and developing confidence and performance skills.
Key Stage 4 Summary
At GCSE we study EDUQAS Drama over two years.
There are opportunities for learning outside of the classroom in Drama as theatre visits are an essential element of the course.
The three main components of the course are:
- Component 1: Devising Theatre – (Creating from scratch your own performance)
- Component 2: Performing from a Text – (A selected play will carefully be chosen)
- Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht)
GCSE Drama will enable students to:
- Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
- Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;
- Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others;
- Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills;
- Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general as well as for the possible further study of drama;
- Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
Key Stage 5 Summary
At A Level we study EDUQAS DRAMA and it is a course for those students interested in practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, building on their understanding of theatre studies at GCSE level.
Candidates will study five texts over the two years from the perspective of an actor, director, designer and member of an audience. This course is suitable for those students interested in developing skills in textual and devised performance. It is well suited to team players and creative thinkers.
The course is broken down into 3 core components over two years.
- Component 1: Theatre Workshop – 20% (Devised Performance & Text Performance)
- Component 2: Text in Action – 40% (Performance on a set Theme)
- Component 3: Text in Performance – 40% (Written examination)
Set texts include:
- As You Like It by William Shakespeare
- Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens
In Drama the Learning Ladders will help students to understand what skills and knowledge they will need to demonstrate to achieve each level.
- Year 7 Learning Ladder AO1 CREATING Greek Drama Key Stage 3
- Year 7 Learning Ladder AO1 CREATING Introduction to Drama Key Stage 3
- Year 7 Learning Ladder AO1 CREATING Tempest
- Year 7 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE Darkwood
- Year 7 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE melodrama
- Year 8 Learning Ladder AO1 CREATING no grades Horror
- Year 8 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE no grades Absurd
- Year 8 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE no grades commedia
- Year 9 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE FACE
- Year 9 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE FRANTIC
- Year 9 Learning Ladder AO2 PERFORMANCE REFUGEE
This is a list of sites that are helpful for students and parents/carers:
www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse for GCSE course details
www.barbicanbox.org.uk for KS4 partnership information
www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/as-a-level for A Level Course details
www.shakespearesglobe.com for KS5 partnership information
connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk/take-part for National Theatre School Partnerships