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

Making & Performing

Stage Management exercise

Physical Theatre and Mime

 

 Darkwood Manor

Storytelling & structure

Design skills – creation of atmosphere

Responding to Drama – written evaluation

Spring Greek Theatre

Choral speaking & cannon

Interpretation of myths & legends

Theatre from around the world

Staging conventions

Context

Making Drama

Summer The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

Interpretation

Characterisation

Improvisation

Directing

Performance

Preparation for Yr 8 Drama

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

Form: Abstract role-play

Non-naturalistic theatre

Theatrical & Performance conventions

Assessment in Making Drama

Stage Management exercise

Design

War

Devising

Improvisation

Characterisation

Explorative Strategies

Writing & Performing a Monologue

Spring Return to the City

Interpretation of script for performance

Actor, director & designer

Assessment in Performing & Responding to Drama
Summer Theatre In Education

Devising performances for a target audience

Context

Assessment in Making Drama

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. Simple written tasks will be completed, including evaluation of the girls’ own and others’ work, highlighting areas of success and where improvements can be made, and text analysis, where students will be expected to outline their ideas for characterisaion and design in response to a script with which they are familiar. 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 OVERVIEW

 TERM  TOPIC/SCHEME OF LEARNING 
Autumn Devised performance project

In the style of ‘Teechers’

Designing

Directing  

Assessment in Making Drama

Performance

Assessment in Responding to Drama

Mask Work

Spring Working With Scripts

Blue Remembered Hills

Interpretation of text – acting, directing or designing

Assessment in textual analysis

Practical work continued

Assessment in Performing Drama

Summer Mask work                                                                                  Physical skills focus
Preparation for GCSE Drama

GCSE DRAMA COURSE OUTLINE

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

 GCSE DRAMA OVERVIEW – Year 10 

 AREA OF STUDY
 

Autumn

 

 

Course information & expectations

Ice-breaker & improvisation skills

Intro to &  (mock) C1 Devising – The Identification

Workshops & portfolio focus

Completion of mini portfolio

 

Tutorials (mock C1)

Begin mock C2 group perf alongside study of DNA for C3A

Focus – actor, director & designer

Rehearsals & written exam prep

 

Spring

 

 

Mock C2 continued

Performance to invited guests w/c 28th Jan

Assessment w/c 4th February

Evaluation & tutorials

Theatre trip – Mother Courage14th Feb

Exam prep C3B live theatre evaluation

Complete C3A DNA

C3A/B exam prep

Focus – design

 

Summer

Exams first two weeks                                                                                    Tutorials & review of exam                                                                                Begin actual C1 Devising – exploring different stimuli
Cont C1 Devising for assessment Nov Yr11                                                     Script exploration for C2 – read some plays & select possible extracts

Component 1 Devising – 40%

Component 2 Performance – 20%

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%

GCSE DRAMA COURSE OUTLINE – Year 11 Sept 2018

RA KCF
 

Autumn

 

 

Cont C1 Devising

Practical, & portfolio complete                                                                Performance evening Mon 15th Oct                                                     Assessment w/c 22nd Oct                                                                                   

Revision for C3A                              Trial Exams C3 end Nov/beg Dec    Tutorials & target-setting Revision for C3B                              Trial Exams C3 end Nov/beg Dec
Spring Begin actual C2 – scripted performance Continue C3B revision                 Mother Courage theatre trip             14th Feb 2019
C2 Performance evening Mon 11th March                                                Assessment w/c 18th March – externally assessed by visiting examiner
 

Summer

C3B revision                                        C3 written exam mid May C3B revision

Component 1 Devising – 40%

Component 2 Performance – 20%    (beg Jan – end March)

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%

Key Stage 5

A Level Drama and Theatre

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

A-LEVEL DRAMA & THEATRE         Year 12

  RA KCF
 

Autumn

 

 

C3B – set text – Accidental Death of an Anarchist – practical workshops       Exam focus – acting, directing & design Intro to course                                 Intro to genres – practical acting & design workshops, with practitioner focus                                                Mock C2 – scripted performance
C3B cont – exam practice                 Mock C2 rehearsals                    Tutorials Mock C2 cont                                        Mock C2 perf eve w/c 12th Nov         Mock C2 assessment w/c 19th Nov
 

Spring

 

 

Tutorials                                            C3C  – set text – Woyzeck – practical workshops                                          Exam focus – acting, directing & design C3A prep – Live Theatre Evaluation Mother Courage 14th Feb, Royal Exchange Theatre
C3C cont C3A cont
 

Summer

Revision C3B/C                                      Exam Qn 3B/C Begin actual C1 – Devising                 Practical workshops & portfolio focus
Exams mid June                                  C1 cont Exams mid June                                  C1 cont

Component 1 Devising – 40%

Component 2 Performance – 20%    (beg Jan – end March)

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%

 

A-LEVEL DRAMA & THEATRE         YEAR 13

RA KCF
 

Autumn

 

 

C1 cont                                                                                                                Rehearsal, design & portfolio tasks
Exam prep – C3B/C                             Begin C2 – Scripted performance C1 performance & assessment          beg Nov                                     Tutorials                                            
 

Spring

Exam prep – C3B/C                               Exams early – mid February                Tutorials Exam prep C3A                               Exams early – mid February                 C2 cont
C2 performance & external assessment end March                                     Tutorials
 

Summer

 

C3B/C revision C3A revision

 

Component 1             Devising – 40%

Component 2             Scripted performance of two extracts – 20%

Component 3             Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%:

A – live theatre evaluation

B – Accidental Death of an Anarchist

C – Woyzeck

 

NB   2nd A Level theatre trip to be added