Key Stage 3
All Year 7 pupils will do one hour a week of drama.
They will learn how to create improvised scenes using Genre, style and Conventions that they will look at throughout the year.
Each lesson has specific Employability skills embedded into lessons such as Communication and teamwork, working under pressure and to deadlines and Negotiation skills.
Students will also develop their literacy skills via booklets completed in class that focus on verbal feedback, peer/self-assessment and a continued look at punctuation, spelling and Grammar.
Year 8 also have one hour a week but they focus more on different areas of Drama such as Physical Theatre, Horror and Shakespeare.
All pupils are expected to perform in every lesson and give/receive feedback to either the whole class or a buddy group.
Year 8 also have booklets to complete that focus on the skills they have learnt within those lessons and the feedback they have been given.
Key Stage 4
Students are studying WJEC Drama GCSE.
During the first year all pupils are introduced to the course and are shown the three units they will be completing in their third and final year.
Students begin with a baseline assessment devised around the script “Bouncers”, this introduces them to performing a script but also gets them to devise scenes before and after, therefore giving them a feel of what they will do in their final unit 1.
They will then move on to looking at Children’s stories and a Shakespearian play through the first year so that they understand the need for a script and how to follow stage directions.
During the second year pupils are introduced to the set text they will be completing their final exam on, they work through the script actively performing scenes and then reviewing them afterwards. This gives the pupils an idea of how they would stage the performance and what the mood, atmosphere and general feel of the piece is about.
Once pupils have completed this they will begin looking at comedy sketch shows and how the use of different Genres can change an audience’s view point. During this part of the course pupils will look at the three practitioners they will have to choose from when completing their unit one in year 11. Bertholt Brecht, Antonin Artaud and Konstantin Stanislavski.
Towards the end of the year pupils are given the Unit one stimuli and split into the groups. Pupils then begin to storyboard, brain storm and improvise ideas around the stimuli and practitioners in order to create their own performance piece.
Currently our year 11 students are preparing the 40% Devised element of Unit one which encourages them to create a performance based around a given stimuli, this year’s stimulus is “Paint it Black”, Salvidor Dhali’s “The Persistence of Time” and “Shadows”. Each group must perform to a live audience and then write a report about their final performance. This review is worth another 20% of their final grade. The other 40% is made up of a 20% externally marked scripted performance where they must perform an extract from a script of their choice in front of a visiting examiner.
Final exam is a 1.5 hours written paper on the set text “Face” and is worth the remaining 20%.