Drama

Curriculum Leader: Mrs C. Windrum

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 their own and others’ performances.

The units studied in each year group are as follows:

  Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term Introduction to Drama Commedia Del’ Arte
Spring term The Tempest- Shakespeare Scripted Performance
Summer term Trestle Masks Titanic- Devised

KS4

In Year 9 students have four lessons per fortnight with a specialist Drama teacher, and will develop the key skills needs for 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.

During Y10 and 11 students devise drama, explore a set texts practically and work on a text-based performance.

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.

Clear progression to A-level:

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to  A-level Drama and Theatre studies. Students who go on to 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, problem solve 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

GCSE Drama:  Long Term Plan: Year 9

Unit Focus and Outcome

Weeks

Autumn 1
 

Unit 1 – Introduction to Drama and performance skills

 

Component 1: Section A

Preparation for Component 2

 

 

Focus:

Skills development

Preparation for C1 Section A

Preparation for Component 2

Outcome:

Performed piece

Resources:

Extracts from Macbeth

 

7

Autumn 2
 

Unit 2 – Introduction to devising and design

 

Component 2

Focus:

Skills of devising

Outcome:

Mock devised piece

Practice devising log

Resources:

Aberfan

 

7

Spring 1/2
 

Unit 3 – Working with Text

(Shakespeare project)

Component 1: Section B

Focus:

Set text practical and design exploration

Outcome:

Exam question

Performance of set text as a mock performance

Resources:

Copies of Shakespeare project text

 

 

14

Spring 1/2
 

Unit 4 – Live theatre performance

 

Component 1: Section C

Focus:

Analysis and review

Outcome:

Exam response

Resources:

Digital theatre – “Love Song”

 

On-going

Summer 1/2
 

Unit 5 – Devising project

 

Preparation for Component 2

Focus

Devising Skills

Outcome:

Cemetery project

Resources:

 

 

 

GCSE Drama:  Long Term Plan: Year 10

Unit Focus and Outcome

Weeks

Autumn 1/2
 

Unit 6 – Set text

 

 Component 1: Section B

Focus:

Set text practical and design exploration

Outcome:

Exam question

Performance of set text as a mock performance

Resources:

Copies of “Blood Brothers”

 

 14

Spring 1/2
 

 Unit 4 (cont.) – Live theatre performance

 

Component 1: Section C

 

Focus:

Analysis and review

Outcome:

Exam response

Resources:

Digital theatre – “Love Song”

 

On-going

 

Unit 7  – Component 2 Devising Drama

Topic TBC

 

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE
Focus:

Devising, Research and Development

Outcome:

Polished devised performance to film

Devising log

Resources:

Devising log book

 

 

14

 

Revision for Y10 exams April (After Easter)
Summer 1
 

Unit 7  – Component 2 Devising Drama

Topic TBC

 

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE
  •  
Focus:

Devising, Research and Development

Outcome:

Polished devised performance to film

Devising log

Resources:

Devising log book

 

14

Summer 2  
Component 3 – Text in Practice

 

  • Performance of extract 1 (20)
  • Performance of extract 2 (20)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

 

Students need to choose text before the summer

Focus:

Scripted performance

Outcome:

Scripted performance for assessment

Visiting examiner

Resources:

Student’s choice – Text studying for Lit?

39 steps

NOT Blood Brothers

Examined by AQA End of Jan

 

GCSE Drama:  Long Term Plan: Year 11

Unit Focus and Outcome

Weeks

Autumn 1/2

Component 3 – Text in Practice

 

  • Performance of extract 1 (20)
  • Performance of extract 2 (20)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

 

 

Focus:

Scripted performance

Outcome:

Scripted performance for assessment

Visiting examiner

Resources:

Student’s choice – Text studying for Lit?

39 steps

NOT Blood Brothers

 

Examined by AQA End of Jan

 

 

14

 

Preparation for Mock – November

 

Spring 1/Spring 2 REVISION Exam mid May

Component 1: Section A

 

  • Multiple Choice (4)
Focus:

Skills for multi-choice

Outcome:

Exam style Questions

Resources:

Exam Sheets

14

 

 

Component 1: Section B

 

  • Four questions on a given extract (44)
Focus:

Set Text

Outcome:

Exam style Questions

Resources:

Blood Brothers

 

Component 1: Section C

 

  • One question from a choice on the work of a theatre maker in a single live production. (32)

 

 Focus:

Analysis and review

Outcome:

Exam response

Resources:

Digital theatre

Final Exam May

Link to Specification

KS5

AQA Drama and Theatre Studies Specification

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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.

Long Term Plan:

Autumn 1/2

Component 1: Interpreting Drama – AS

A Servant of Two Masters

Leading to

Component 1:Drama and Theatre – A

 

Focus:

Interpretation of play from a performance perspective

Outcome:

Exam style essays in preparation for exam

Resources:

A Servant of Two Masters

Live review on going
Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre –  A

Practitioner: Stanislavski

Extract: A Doll’s House

Whale Music

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 1 and  2

Portfolio

Resources:

A  Doll’s House

Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre –  A

Practitioner: Artaud

Extract: 4.48 Psychosis

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 1 and  2

Portfolio

Resources:

4.48 Psychosis

Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre – A

Practitioner – Berkoff/Frantic

Extract:  The Trial/Pool no water

 

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 2

Portfolio – extract 1 and 2

Resources:

The Trial

Pool no water

Depending on interest of group they then decide which of these will become Extract 2 (performed) and which will be written about as Extract 1.

Spring 1/2

Component 1: Interpreting Drama – AS

A Servant of Two Masters

Leading to

Component 1:Drama and Theatre – A

 

Focus:

Interpretation of play from a performance perspective

Outcome:

Exam style essays in preparation for exam

Resources:

A Servant of Two Masters

 
Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre – A

Focus:

Choosing extract and preparing performance and portfolio

 

EXAM DATE: Practical record in March

 

 

Summer 1/2
Revision

 

A Level Theatre Studies –Long Term Plan Year 2

Component 3: Making Theatre 3: Key Extracts

Extract 3:

Choose from one taught in first year Eg: Artaud, Berkoff but must be different to the practitioner applied to original drama

(2 already done but will need writing up as reflective log rather  than portfolio)

They can use the same practitioner as they devised with.

The can re-perform Extract 2 as Extract 3 and write up a new one

Focus:

Choosing extract and preparing performance and practical

Outcome:

Performance

Reflective Report

Marked by AQ

Resources:

 

 

Practical exam

Summer 1

Revision:

A servant of Two Masters

Our Country’s Good

Live Review

 

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 “We Will Rock You (2018),  ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ (2017), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (March 2016), Grease (r 2014), Joseph (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, back-stage, 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.

The Specification can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/drama/specifications/AQA-7262-SP-2016.PDF

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