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Drama

Subject Leader: Mrs C Chandler

Key Stage 4

Year 11 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting)

Exam Board: Pearson
Level: 1 and 2

Course Overview

The award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimulus
  • process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

There are three units that you will study: 

  • Component 1:  Exploring the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
  • Component 2:  Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting repertoire.
  • Component 3:  Performing to a Brief. This component requires learners to apply performance skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus, developing a group workshop performance for a selected audience.

Assessment: 50% Examination, 50% Coursework.

 

Year 10 Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Creative and Performing Arts 

Exam Board: RSL
Level of Qualification: 1 and 2

Course Overview

The Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Creative and Performing arts provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding within the sphere of the creative and performing arts. Learners will follow an acting pathway which will require them to complete two units. 

Unit 1: The first internal unit will require learners to perform scenes from two plays, one contemporary and one classical. Learners will also be required to complete coursework which is linked to the plays they have performed. Learners will be expected to demonstrate performance skills and understanding of the character, language and techniques used.

Unit 2: The second unit is an external unit which is set and marked by RSL. The assignment provides the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills learned throughout Years 9 and 10 in the creation of an original piece of drama accompanied by a written controlled assessment.

Assessment:  50% examination (performance and written), 50% coursework (performance and written.

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Pupils study drama as part of a carousel of subjects over 3 terms.

Unit 1: Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

This unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Bringing Stories to Life

This unit allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. Pupils will explore popular children’s stories from a drama perspective, building on prior, delete comma literacy-based knowledge.

Unit 3: Exploring Scripts

This unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’, building on their knowledge from Unit 1. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

 

Year 8

Pupils study drama as part of a carousel of subjects over 3 terms.

Unit 1: Our Day Out

Building on knowledge and skills learned in Year 7, this unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Horror

Building on knowledge and skills learned in Year 7, this unit allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will be able to explore conventions which are used in theatre to create effective theatrical productions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 3: Exploring Scripts

Building on Knowledge and skills learned in Year 7 and in the first unit of Year 8, this unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.


Year 9 RSL Level 1 and 2 

Terms 1 and 2: Exploring Script Styles and Genres

Introducing pupils to different styles of drama opens their minds to different ways of performing. Pupils will explore Naturalism (Stanislavski) and Non-Naturalism (Brecht) through both scripted and devising work. Pupils are also encouraged to feed back in more depth using subject specific terminology. This will also include literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in the course. Pupils will perform extracts from different styles of Drama and must demonstrate a differentiation in the pieces along with a clear focus and characterisation. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects as well as being vital in the context of Drama.

Terms 3 and 4: Developing Devising and Acting Styles

An introduction to the technicalities of devising. This unit focuses on a number of different stimuli and the steps students need to take from seeing the stimulus to creating the final performance. Pupils are encouraged to use techniques and styles learned from the previous unit in the creation of their pieces and realise the importance of understanding their target audience. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in conjunction with practitioners, styles and conventions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. This scheme of work will form a large learning curve in the maturity and quality of the pupils’ work.

Terms 4 and 6: Group Scripted Performance

A study of contrasting plays in terms of time setting and the differences in the style of acting. Pupils will be expected to direct, perform and learn lines in appropriate to the style of theatre and character they will be portraying. They will be encouraged to incorporate additional drama techniques into the pieces which they have covered previously, and feel are appropriate. Pupils will look at the difference between a performance which is ‘on script’ in comparison with ‘off script ‘and what difference this can make to the portrayal of the character. This will also include literacy work, reading and building on the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also develop their skills in movement, voice and characterisation, developing confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects as well as being vital in the context of Drama. The unit will result in a group performance.
 

Year 10 RSL Level 2

Term 1 and 2: Voice and Physicality

In preparation for an assessed unit, pupils will look at how we can lift characters from the page to the stage, building on knowledge from previous terms. Voice and physicality will play a factor in their progress and development and this will be covered through acting workshops and performance extracts. Students will demonstrate their use of voice and physicality through two contrasting pieces. Through this they will demonstrate how they bring the characters to life and understand how they have achieved this though voice and physicality. 

Term 3 and 4: Scripted Contemporary Unit

Pupils will begin to rehearse and perform their contemporary text using all the skills they have built over the terms. An important thought for both performance and coursework is, how the playwright communicates the character through their use of language. This will drive both progress and understanding in their rehearsals and aid them to give deeper answers in coursework. Through their performances and study of the contemporary text, pupils will be able to articulate and write how characters are communicated through the spoken lines. Their understanding will also be demonstrated through their performance of the character in terms of vocal work. 

Term 5 and 6: Scripted Classical Unit

Pupils will begin to rehearse and perform their classical text using all the skills they have built over the terms. An important thought for both performance and coursework is, how the playwright communicates the character through their use of language. This will drive both progress and understanding in their rehearsals and aid them to give deeper answers in coursework. Through their performances and study of the classical text, pupils will be able to articulate and write how characters are communicated through the spoken lines. Their understanding will also be demonstrated through their performance of the character in terms of vocal work.

 

Year 11 BTEC Level 2

Term 1 and 2: Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop respect for their peers when working in a group and as an audience for peer assessment and respect for their own work and time to ensure that they meet set deadlines effectively. Pupils will develop a culture of aspiration each week as they seek to develop and achieve skills, pupils will learn about the diversity of people and beliefs in the society we live in and build a resilience as they discover that making mistakes will enable them to learn and improve as drama students.

Term 3 and 5: Component 3 - Performing to a Brief

This is the final component in the qualification where pupils will work through an external paper both practically and through written work. They will work in groups to culminate their skills in a devised performance alongside three controlled, written assessments. The pupils will need to research and develop ideas both individually and with their group.
 

Term 6: Course completion

 

Useful Website Links:

The Gulbenkian

The Marlow Theatre

The National Theatre

 

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Christmas Show
  • Summer Show
  • Shakesfest
  • Weekly OSL for Years 10 and 11 on Fridays 3pm-4pm