Drama is taught as part of the Creative Arts carousel at Key Stage 3, alongside, Art, Music and Photography. Pupils rotate on a 7 week cycle. Pupils are assessed formally at the end of the 7 week cycle and this is usually performance based. At the end of the second cycle, pupils will be assessed practically and will undertake a written assessment.
Year 7 Curriculum
Topic 1 – ‘Moving on’ Evacuees Topic 2 – Voice and text – ‘The Car Trip’ Focusing on a combination of skills based and issue based drama Focusing on skills and application
Year 8 Curriculum
Topic 1 – Prejudice Topic 2 – Comedia Dell ‘Arte Focusing on applying learnt skills to issue based drama Focusing on skills and confidence
Year 9 Curriculum
Topic 1 – Dramatic tension Topic 2 – ‘The horrors of WW1’ Focusing on script based and skills based drama Focusing on using skills and process drama (linked to GCSE syllabus)
GCSE 9-1 (OCR) www.OCR.org.uk/drama
30% practical and 70% theory
In Year 10 of the GCSE course, pupils work towards refining the skills learnt at KS3 and acquiring new skills to fulfil the demands of the course. Although the course is heavily weighted towards theory, this is delivered through practical exploration as well as developing written skills.
In Year 11 pupils begin finalising assessed performances and this will require rehearsal time outside of the classroom.
During Year 10 and 11 the GCSE Drama pupils will make several trips to the theatre to support their studies. The department also runs an annual residential trip to Wales, working with industry professionals.
Year 10 Year 11 Practical work combined with a record of the process Practical work combined with a record of the process Autumn 1 Abstract Drama ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ Preparation for written exam (Set text/Review of live performance) Autumn 2 Character and confidence – ‘Monologues’ Script - preparation and exploration for scripted exam Spring 1 Set Text ‘Find Me’ by Olwen Wymark Preparation for external examiner visit (scripted unit) Spring 2 Semiotics – ‘Grimm Tales’ Written exam preparation (Set text ‘Find Me’ and Live performance review) Summer 1 Exam unit - Devising preparation and performance (stimulus driven) Written exam preparation (Set text ‘Find Me’ and Live performance review) Summer 2 Exam unit - Devising preparation and performance (stimulus driven)