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Drama

Year 7          Year 8          Key Stage Four          Useful weblinks

Year 7

Summer to October 1/2 term:

Introduction to Drama (The importance of drama warm-up games to develop students' confidence and abilities as an actor)

October 1/2 term to Christmas

Creating interesting characters and the importance of setting.

Christmas to February 1/2 term:

Physical theatre and Mime.

February 1/2 term to Easter:

The importance of social and historical context.

Easter to Whit 1/2 term:

Monologue

Whit to Summer break:

Responding to musical stimuli/ The Theatre of Cruelty

 

Year 8

Summer to October 1/2 term:

Theatre in Education/Forum theatre. 


October 1/2 term to Christmas

Working with masks. (Mask design, construction & choreography based on students’ thoughts on the pressures of popularity in Secondary school)


Christmas to February 1/2 term:

Murder Mystery unit.


February 1/2 term to Easter:

Shakespearean genres. (A practical exploration of the history play, romantic comedy and Shakespearean tragedy).


Easter to Whit 1/2 term:

Voice work, singing & dance. (A fun & practical unit to develop self-confidence)


Whit to Summer break:

Musical theatre.

Key Stage Four

The GCSE in Drama consists of three units.

Component 1. ‘Understanding Drama’ is assessed via a written examination.

Written exam is worth 40% of the GCSE

Component 2. ‘Devising Drama’

‘Devising Drama’ is worth 40% of the GCSE.

Component 3. ‘Texts in Practice’

‘Texts in Practice’ is worth 20% of the entire GCSE.

How is the course delivered?

  • Through a variety of practical workshops which will help students to gain the           competence and confidence necessary to work on performance projects.
  • Via theoretical lessons where a range of dramatic genres will be discussed and studied.
  • Through encouraging independence and initiative in the students who are on this course - this is essential!

A requirement of this course is that students must be prepared to attend extra-curricular rehearsals, learn lines and perform in front of their class peers.

Useful Weblinks 

Link to BBC Bitesize Drama GCSE pages

More information is available. Contact Ms Dennett