Curriculum Leader: Amy Greene
Welcome to the Drama department
Foster a love of the Performing Arts through engaging lessons and knowledgeable teaching
- Provide opportunities for students to engage in the subject areas of Drama and Music and the combined area of Performing Arts
- 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 our subjects link to employment
- Provide links and opportunities for partnership beyond the school environment
All students at Fulford study drama in fortnightly, hour-long lessons. Since September 2011, Drama has been taught as a completely separate subject from English.
In your drama lessons at KS3, you will 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. You 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||Year 9|
|Autumn term||Core Drama Skills||Pantomime||Physical Theatre|
|Spring term||Storytelling||Docudrama||‘Sparkleshark’ by Philip Ridley|
|Summer term||Working with Script||Creative Adaptation||Greek Theatre|
Exam board: OCR
Students who opt to take GCSE Drama can expect a course that is fun, practical, yet also with a strong element of written and theoretical work. You will develop your performance skills through practical, workshop-style lessons, as well as taking part in regular public performances. Regular theatre trips form an integral part of the course, in order to develop your knowledge of performance styles and prepare you the written Drama paper. You also have the option to choose from a range of technical skills for your controlled assessments, should your interests lie more in the ‘backstage’ world of theatre!
Students complete two coursework units, each worth 30% of the total GCSE. Both use controlled assessments to produce the final piece.
Unit 1: From Page to Stage
The first unit, From Page to Stage, will be completed in Year 10. Students will work on a selected text in their lesson time and will have up to 10 hours preparation time before starting 10 hours of controlled assessment, during which time they will rehearse their pieces and produce part of their Working Record. At the end of this time they will perform their assessed pieces. At the start and end of the controlled assessment, students will have 1 hour of writing time under controlled conditions in which they produce sections for their Working Record.
Unit 2: Drama in the Making
Unit 2, Drama in the Making, will be completed in Year 11. Candidates will explore a stimulus chosen by the centre through workshops during lesson time. The preparation period is 2-3 hours, after which they begin their 10 hours of controlled assessment, during which time they will deliver a Workshop Presentation and complete a Working Record. They also have 1 hour of writing time at the beginning and end of the controlled assessment in which they produce sections for their Working Record.
Unit 3: From Concept to Creation
The remaining 40% of the final grade comes from the final unit, From Concept to Creation, in which students work on a brief externally set by the exam board. Students will have up to 10 weeks’ preparation time after the pre-release material is received in January, followed by a 10 hour period of high control (GCSE exam conditions), after which they present their work to a visiting examiner.
Advanced Level Drama and Theatre Studies Exam board: AQA
The A level course aims to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding by enabling you to apply what you have learned to your own creative work. In devising and performing theatre, as well as studying a range of play texts, you will alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director, demonstrating individual ideas and judgements, and apply your knowledge of different theatre practitioners, companies and styles to your own performances. You will operate more autonomously and confidently within a drama and theatre context. Developing your skill in writing about Drama, as well as your knowledge of dramatic theory, is crucial to this course, as 60% of the qualification is based on your performance in written examinations.
The course in a nutshell:
Unit 1 – DRAM1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
- 60% of AS, 30% of A Level
- Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
- Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six
Unit 2 – DRAM2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play
- 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
- Practical performance
- Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
Unit 3 – DRAM3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
- 30% of A Level
- 2 hour written paper
- Study of two further set plays
Unit 4 – DRAM4 – Presentation of Devised Drama
- 20% of A Level
- Practical performance
- Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
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 run by Miss Greene, we stage a whole school production every year. Recent productions have included ‘Bugsy Malone’ in 2012, ‘Joseph’ in 2013, ‘Grease’ in 2014. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ will be performed in February 2016.
We have links with local theatres and universities and professional individuals and companies working in the performance industry. Most recently these have included Splendid Theatre Company and the playwright Stephen Burke. We also have many links with the Music department, with whom we aim to promote the Performing Arts in school through various clubs and events. Watch this space for details of our upcoming events!