Drama

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Curriculum Leader: Ms S. Fawcett

We foster a love of Drama and Theatre through engaging lessons, knowledgeable teaching and a rich extra-curricular programme.

  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in Drama
  • Empower students to strive to produce the highest standards of performance
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to excel in both practical and theoretical areas.
  • Develop students’ awareness of how subject links to future employment and the creative industries
  • Provide links and opportunities for partnership beyond the school environment

drama_ks3All students at Fulford study drama in fortnightly, hour-long lessons by a specialist teacher of Drama.

In drama lessons at KS3, students explore a range of drama techniques and styles through improvising and working in role; devising, scripting and performing in plays, and discussing and reviewing your own and others’ performances. Students will develop an awareness of the world of theatre, through focusing on both the performance and technical aspects of the subject – eg: lighting, set design, props and costume. There will be a balance of practical and written work which will prepare you for the challenges of KS4 Drama, should you choose to continue with the subject.

The units studied in each year group are as follows:

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term Storytelling- Skills Pantomime- Scripted & Live Theatre
Spring term The Tempest- Shakespeare Docudrama- Local History
Summer term Roald Dahl- from Page to Stage Titanic- Devised

Year 9- Foundation to GCSE

Year 9 students have four lessons per fortnight with a specialist Drama teacher, and will undertake a foundation to GCSE scheme modelled around the AQA specification. This is an exciting opportunity to develop performance and written analysis and evaluation skills before they begin year 10, plus an opportunity to spend much more time in their option subject than in previous years.

Long Term Plan

Term 1

Initial skills scheme covering basics of acting, process and evaluation, terminology, structure, rehearsal strategies.

Introduction to scripted work. Pupils perform two extracts from two set plays. (Component 3) Live performance review (Component 1). Mock exam in December 2018.

Term 2

Introduction to Component 1, the study of a set text for written exam and further Live Theatre work. Mock exam in May 2018.

Term 3

Introduction to devising skills. Pupils devise a performance from a theme. (Component 3) Mock exam in June 2018.

Year 10 From 2016- New GCSE AQA Specification

All students devise drama, explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.

Aiming for success

The written exam paper is designed to help all students realise their full potential.

It uses a variety of question styles and ask students to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience and imagination.

Clear progression to AS and A-level

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre. Students who go on to AS or A-level are already familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts.

Transferable skills

Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively- key skills for future, whatever they choose to do.

They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

Long Term Plan

Term 1

Introduction to devising skills and mock devising project (Component 2)

Term 2

Set Text- practical exploration and exam technique for extract study questions The Crucible, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Hansel and Gretel or A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Component 1)

Live performance review (Component 1)

Term 3

Scripted pieces (Component 3)

Year 10 mock exam (Component 1)

Initiate devising project before holiday for start of Year 11

Link to Specification

Year 11: New GCSE AQA Specification

All students devise drama, explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.

Aiming for success

The written exam paper is designed to help all students realise their full potential.

It uses a variety of question styles and ask students to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience and imagination.

Clear progression to AS and A-level

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre. Students who go on to AS or A-level are already familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts.

Transferable skills

Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively- key skills for future, whatever they choose to do.

They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

Long Term Plan

Term 1

Scripted pieces (Component 3) Pupils perform 2 extracts from a play to an examiner in November/December 2017.

Term 2

Set Text- practical exploration and exam technique for extract study questions The Crucible, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Hansel and Gretel or A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Component 1)

Live performance review (Component 1)

Term 3

Set Text- practical exploration and exam technique for extract study questions The Crucible, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Hansel and Gretel or A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Component 1)

Live performance review (Component 1)

Year 12 From 2016- New AQA Drama and Theatre Studies Specification

dramaKS5A practical focus

We want students to have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre; this qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.

Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

 

Students choose to develop as a:

  • performer
  • designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • director
  • combination of these.Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

    The exam paper is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting set texts and apply independent thinking as they evaluate a live theatre production.

    Clear progression to higher education

    Higher education institutions (HEIs) value and respect the skills AQA drama and theatre qualifications give students.

    By incorporating the approach they take with drama and theatre undergraduates into this A-level, students are really well prepared for the demands of university and beyond.

    Transferable skills

    Students of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace.

    This specification refines students’ collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

    Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

    Link to A’ Level specification from 2016

Year 13 From 2016 A2 AQA Drama & Theatre Studies New Specification

Term 1

Component 3 Making Theatre. Practical exploration and interpretation of 3 extracts each taken from a different play. Extract 3 is performed to an examiner in November/December 2017.

Term 2

Component 2 Creating Original Drama. Pupils devise their own work in the style of a second practitioner.

Term 3

Component 1 Drama & Theatre. Pupils study two set plans for the written examination. Pupils also review live theatre seen.

DramaXC5Extra-Curricular

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular Drama activities at Fulford. As well as regular theatre trips and a Year 7 and 8 Drama club, we stage a whole school production every year. Recent productions include ‘Lady Winderemere’s Fan’ (2017), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (March 2016), Grease (December 2014), Joseph (March 2012), ‘Bugsy’ in 2011 and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in 2010.

Students at KS4 and 5 are expected to attend the theatre as part of the course, and there are opportunities to take on a role in delivering extra-curricular sessions, supporting in lessons, backstage, lighting and assistant directing for willing KS5 students.

We have links with local theatres, universities, professional individuals and companies working in the performance industry. We use these links to provide a varied and effective enrichment programme to support the work done within the curriculum in Drama. Most recently these have included: students from York St John offering physical theatre seminars and workshops to Year 12 and 13 students, a National Theatre actor from ‘Curious Incident’ offered a workshop to KS4 and 5 students, Splendid Theatre Company and eminent director Max Stafford-Clarke, Frantic Assembly

 

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