Drama

Year 7

In Year 7, all pupils have two one-hour Drama lessons each fortnight, during which they are taught by a Drama specialist. The girls’ experiences of Drama in primary school are vastly different, and our priority in term 1 is to establish their ability in Drama and help girls to overcome any shyness when speaking in front of their peers. Some students are obviously bursting with confidence on stage, and they are nurtured and guided to develop their vocal and physical characterisation skills with a sense of purpose, but some are rather reluctant to speak aloud, and we gently develop their faith in their own ability and their confidence so that, by October, most girls are happy and comfortable with the idea of performance. A few nerves are a good thing, but we help pupils to overcome what they perceive as ‘stage fright’ and enable them to channel that energy into creating a character on stage. Drama is compulsory for all pupils, becoming an option only in Year 10, so supporting students in what can be a scary environment and making it fun is what we focus on in these early weeks.

YEAR 7 DRAMA OVERVIEW

TERM TOPIC/SCHEME OF   LEARNING
Autumn

 

Duologues – interpretation of script for performance

Stage Management exercise

Physical Theatre and Mime

Darkwood Manor

Storytelling & structure

Design skills – creation of atmosphere

Responding to drama – written

Spring Greek Theatre

Choral speaking   & cannon

Interpretation of myths   & legends

Theatre from around the world

Stage conventions

Context

Summer The   Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

Interpretation of   script & stage directions

Characterisation

Improvisation

Directing

Continued – performance   & evaluation

Year 8

In Year 8, all pupils continue to have two one-hour Drama lessons each fortnight, during which they are taught by a Drama specialist. Our projects tend to be a little longer and we expect the students to build on their learning from Year 7. Scripted work is more challenging, with opportunities for pupils to direct and/or design for drama, and the girls are taught the necessary skills to ensure that work in larger groups is productive. A little more ownership of the work often leads to greater attainment, and we complete the year with a Theatre in Education project, where pupils work in their own theatre company to devise an original piece of drama, with a specific purpose, for a younger audience.

YEAR 8 DRAMA OVERVIEW

TERM TOPIC/SCHEME OF   LEARNING
Autumn Devised theatre

Interpretation of   stimuli

Abstract role-play

Non-naturalistic   theatre

Theatrical and Performance conventions

Stage Management   exercise

Design

War

Devising

Improvisation

Characterisation

Explorative Strategies

Spring Return   to the City

Interpretation of  script for performance

Directing and Design

Performance  & evaluation

Continued
Summer Theatre In Education

Devising performances   for a target audience

Context

Continued – performance  and assessment

Performance to a Year 7 audience

Year 9

In Year 9, all pupils continue to have two one-hour Drama lessons each fortnight, during which they are taught by a Drama specialist and experience both scripted and devised work. By now students will have acquired a wide range of skills in physical and vocal characterisation, genres, and some technical aspects of theatre, for example stage lighting and sound. Pupils will be expected to learn lines and bring props and costume, as appropriate, for their lessons. Some written work will be completed and this tends to be an evaluation of the girls’ own and others’ work, highlighting areas of success and where improvements can be made. This helps to prepare the girls for GCSE drama, should they wish to study further. The girls will also have a good idea of how a theatre company works to incorporate backstage and on-stage skills. Pupils from Year 9 are often invited to join our TECH CREW, which lights, operates sound for and stage-manages our performance events at school. Those girls who are interested in this should speak to their Drama teacher.

YEAR 9 DRAMA

TERM TOPIC/SCHEME OF   LEARNING
Autumn Social drama

Theatre for specific purpose and audience response

Drama conventions

Acting, directing or designing

Masks

Performance &   assessment

Spring Continued
Working with scripts

Blue Remembered Hills

Interpretation of text – acting, directing or designing

Performance and assessment

Summer Continued
Devised performance project

In the style of ‘Teechers’

Designing

Directing

GCSE DRAMA COURSE OUTLINE from September 2017

We follow the Edexcel specification, which allows us some freedom in selecting plays that the girls will find engaging and challenging.  There are three components: Devising; Performance from Text and Theatre Makers in Practice.  The course is predominantly practical, with a written examination in the Summer of Year 11 assessing students’ understanding and application of practical drama-making skills in Component 3

 

RA KCF
 

Autumn

 

 

Course information & expectations

Intro to C1 Devising – The Identification

Theatre Trip & prep for C3A – Live Theatre Evaluation

Ice-breaker & improvisation skills

Intro to C1 Devising – The Identification

Workshops & portfolio focus

Prepare C3 text for mock C2

(group perf)

Begin Component 3B set text Dr Korczak’s Example

Focus – acting & directing         Written exam prep

Tutorials

C2 continued

 

Spring

 

 

C2 continued

Performance to parents & invited guests w/c 29th January

Assessment w/c 5th February

Evaluation & tutorials – KCF

 

C2 continued

Performance to parents & invited guests w/c 29th January

Assessment w/c 5th February

Evaluation & tutorials – KCF

Complete C3B Dr K

C3A/B exam prep

Focus – design

Begin mock C1 Devising – exploring different stimuli
 

Summer

 

 

 

 

 

Exams first two weeks

Tutorials & review of exam           (prog & P eve)

 

Continue mock C1 Devising

 

Complete mock C1 Devising – performance & assessment             w/c 11th June

Script exploration for C2 – read some plays & select possible extracts

Complete mock C1 Devising – performance & assessment             w/c 11th June

Complete portfolio

Component 1 Devising 40%

Component 2 Performance from Text – 20%

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%

Key Stage 5

A Level Drama and Theatre (from September 2016)

A Level Drama and Theatre (from September 2017)

We follow the Edexcel specification, which permits us some freedom in selecting plays that the girls will find engaging and challenging.

 

C1 Devising 40%

C2 Text in Performance 20%

C3 Theatre Makers in Practice 40%

 A Level Drama & Theatre course outline Year 1 RA KCF
Autumn

 

Intro to course

Theatre Trip – C3A – Live Theatre Evaluation

C3B – set text – Accidental Death of an Anarchist – practical workshops

Intro to genres – practical acting & design workshops, with practitioner focus

C1 mock Devising

Good practice – portfolio

C3B cont

Exam focus – acting, directing & designing

Tutorials

Acting & design workshops

C1 mock Devised performance

C1 portfolio

Spring

 

Exams mid Jan

Tutorials

C2 mock Performance prep – mono/duo/design

Exams mid Jan

C2 mock Performance prep – group performance

C2 mock group & mono/duo performance & assessment end March

Tutorials

Resume C3 exam prep

C2 mock group & mono/duo performance & assessment end March

Tutorials

Resume C3 exam prep

Summer

 

Revision C3A/B

Exam Qn 3A & B

Begin actual C1 – Devising

Practical workshops & portfolio focus

Introduce C3C – Woyzeck C1 cont