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Drama

The study of Drama can allow a person to. . . 

Develop key skills that prove aptitude in Performing Arts, such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli

Explore the processes that underpin effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance techniques.

Gain knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles and social and historical context.

Reflect on our own performances and the work of others and develop collaborative group work skills.

 

‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’   Oscar Wilde

Key Stage 3 (7-9)

Table Heading Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1

Physical Theatre

 

Mime

Text & sub-text

Naturalism/Non-Naturalism

The Identification by Roger McGough

 

Melodrama - Stock characters, Expression, Exaggeration, Social and Historical Context

Development of the actor’s Toolkit

Working with script – Off the Rails

Assessment

Physical Theatre assessed performance

Research homework – aspects of Physical Theatre and Mime

Mime workshops throughout the unit.

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Exploring identity – what does it mean?

Role-on-the-wall

Research and presentation homework

Learning lines for an assessed performance

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Research into youth crime and anti-social behaviour

Learning lines for an assessed performance

Role-on-the-wall

In role writing

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Term 2

Introduction to Script and Devising

‘The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’ - David Calcutt

Developing script work, both naturalistic and non-naturalistic -

‘Fault’

Brecht and his influence on theatre

Epic Theatre

‘Titanic’

Assessment

Research homework – Bullying Role-on-the-wall

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets

Learning lines for an assessed performance

Role-on-the-wall

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Research Brecht and Epic Theatre

Preparing for a devised, assessed performance

Evaluation of own work and the work of others

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Term 3

Poetry as a stimulus for Improvisation and Devising

‘Alone in The Grange’ - Gregory Harrison

Greek Mythology - Re-iteration of Physical Theatre & Mime skills

Introduction to Ensemble

The Myth of Persephone

Experimenting with character, conflict and dramatic tension

Experimenting with sound.

Brechtian techniques

The Haunted School

An Introduction to Shakespeare

Development of the Actor’s Toolkit, using Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet or Mark Ravenhill’s Totally Over You.

Assessment

Character workshops

Rehearsal/Performance/Evaluation

Research homework – Old Age

Role-on-the-wall

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Research and presentation homework

Role-on-the-wall

Sourcing an item to enhance our version of The Mouse Trap scene in Hamlet.

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets.

Research the chosen play

Research a famous performer, stating why they are admired

Learn script for an assessed performance

Preparing for a devised assessed performance

Evaluation of own work and the work of others

Self/Peer/Teacher assessment and target setting in Progress booklets

Key Stage 4 (10-11) BTEC Award Level 2 Performing Arts 

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Learning Aims

A Examine professional practitioners’ performance work

B Explore the interrelationships between constituent features of existing performance material.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (continued)

Learning Aims

A: Develop skills and techniques for performance

B: Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance

C: Review own development and performance

Assessment

1 -  Research journal

2 - Part A: Practical exploration of performance material and processes

2 - Part B: Presentation

Internal and external moderation

1 - Workshops and Rehearsals

2 - Rehearsal and Performance

3 - Log Book

Internal and external moderation

Term 2

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (continued)

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (continued)

Mock examination preparation

Assessment

1 -  Research journal

2 - Part A: Practical exploration of performance material and processes

2 - Part B: Presentation

Internal and external moderation

1 - Workshops and Rehearsals

2 - Rehearsal and Performance

3 - Log Book

Internal and external moderation
Term 3

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Learning Aims

A: Develop skills and techniques for performance

B: Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance

C: Review own development and performance

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

External Exam (Jan-May)

Responding in both written and practical form to a specified brief

External assessment.

Practical performance (filmed)

3 written logs, completed under exam conditions
Assessment

1 - Workshops and Rehearsals

2 - Rehearsal and Performance

3 - Log Book

Internal and external moderation

Ideas Log completed and saved as a PDF

Skills Log completed and saved as a PDF

Digital recording of a Workshop Performance to an audience

An Evaluation Report completed and saved as a PDF

Key Stage 5 (12-13) BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts

The course is taught in vertical groupings and the order of the units will vary from year to year.

  Year 12 Year 13
Term 1

Unit 1 - Investigating Practitioners' Work

External Exam

Individual research into practitioners and their profession repertoire

Unit 3 - Group Performance Workshop

External Exam

Responding in both written and practical form to a specified brief
Assessment

External assessment – 3 hour written examination

External assessment – Rehearsal, Performance and three written controlled assessments

Term 2

Unit 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Learning Aims

A: Understand the role and skills of a performer

B: Develop performance skills and techniques for live performance 

C: Apply performance skills and techniques in selected styles

D: Review and reflect on development of skills and techniques for live performance 

Unit 21 – Improvisation

Learning Aims

A: Understand the key features of improvisation for performance

B: Develop skills and techniques in improvisation for performance

C: Apply skills and techniques in improvisation to a performance

D: Review personal development and own performance
Assessment

1 - Activity 1 - Research. Activity 2 - Presenting your findings

2 - Activity 1 - Ongoing practical training and skills development. Activity 2 - Application of interpretive and performance skills in a performance to an audience

3 - Reflective Journal / Process Journal

 

Internal and external moderation

1 - Activity 1 - Research. Activity 2 - Presenting your findings

2 - Activity 1 - Ongoing practical training and skills development. Activity 2 - Application of Improvisation skills in a performance to an audience

3 - Reflective Journal / Process Journal

 

Internal and external moderation
Term 3

Unit 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (continued)

Unit 21 – Improvisation continued)

Assessment

1 - Activity 1 - Research. Activity 2 - Presenting your findings

2 - Activity 1 - Ongoing practical training and skills development. Activity 2 - Application of interpretive and performance skills in a performance to an audience

3 - Reflective Journal / Process Journal

Internal and external moderation

1 - Activity 1 - Research. Activity 2 - Presenting your findings

2 - Activity 1 - Ongoing practical training and skills development. Activity 2 - Application of Improvisation skills in a performance to an audience

3 - Reflective Journal / Process Journal

 

Useful websites

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/performing-arts.html

 

Extra-curricular / enrichment

  • KS3 Drama Club
  • School Production/performance opportunities throughout the year
  • KS4 and KS5 Rehearsal and coursework support

 

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast whole school production