Pupils develop their understanding of Drama through the practical application of a range of skills both physical and mental. The group element of the subject develops vital interpersonal life skills, while the peer and self-assessment requirements enhance the pupils’ ability to reflect on the work and discover levels of resilience that leads to new discoveries.
In Yr7 we start with the fundamentals of Drama with body language, facial expression and consideration of the audience in key focus. Character development work leads on to a slapstick, Silent Movie, project where pupils review their work on screen.
In Yr8 there is an emphasis on physical exploration as Commedia Dell ‘Arte half-mask challenges bring out expression and exaggeration both through body language and vocal dexterity. Props are also introduced to enhance a scene as comic timing is mastered. We then move on to scenes from Twelfth Night where the link is made between Commedia and the comic scenes with Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch, Maria and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Yr9 sees an introduction to Stanislavski and the deeper approach to characterisation. In addition, a Theatre History project puts everything into context while extracts from the play “Buckets” challenges pupils in line learning and interpretation through all the available nuances of delivery.
GCSE – Eduqas
The three components at GCSE are as follows;
Component 1: Devising Theatre
- Internally assessed 40% of GCSE mark
Component 2: Performing from a Text
- Externally assessed by a visiting examiner 20% of final GCSE mark
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
- Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification
- Component 1: Performance Workshop Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 60% of qualification Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
- Component 2: Text in Context Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% Exploration both practical and theoretical of a set text from the following list: The Trojan Women, Euripides. As You Like It, William Shakespeare. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen. Machinal, Sophie Treadwell. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams.
: TheatreWorkshop. Non- examassessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 20% of qualification. Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Students participate in the creation, development andperformance of apieceof theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosenbyyour teacher.
:Textin Action Non-exam assessment :twoperformances externally assessed by a visiting examiner 40% of qualification Students will beassessedon either acting or design. Students participate in the creation ,development andperformance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulussuppliedby WJEC:
: Textin Performance Writtenexamination: 2 hours 30 minutes 40%of qualification Sections A and B Two questions, based on As You Like It, byWilliamShakespeare, and Love and Information by Caryl Churchill. Section C Aseriesof questions based on a specified extract from:The Curious Incident oftheDog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.