Drama

Introduction

Drama is a department within the Visual and Performing Arts.  We are a dedicated and forward thinking department who are passionate about providing our students with a rich, diverse and exciting Drama experience.

Teaching & Learning

All KS3 students have one hour of Drama a week and a significant number opt for Drama at KS4 and KS5. We use a variety of teaching and learning techniques to inspire and engage our students. Our curriculum ensures that they learn how to create believable and interesting characters and narrative through improvisation and script. Students learn about key theatrical practitioners and are encouraged to experiment with theatrical style in their own work. We employ a range of drama strategies to deepen their knowledge, understanding and engagement, with character, relationships and themes. We also encourage students to enhance the quality of their performances through the use of other drama medium such as costume, lighting and sound. Students are assessed for their creating, performing and evaluation skills.

Facilities

We have three dedicated teaching areas. Our main performance space is a studio with raked seating, inbuilt sound system and Intelligent lighting. Our second studio is an adapted class room with some lighting and sound facilities; the third is a purpose built dance studio with sprung floor and sound system. We are well resourced in terms of play texts, costumes, props and music. We also have a dedicated sound and lighting technician.

Enrichment / Performance Opportunities

Every KS3 student in Year 7 and Year 8 is encouraged to perform their practical class work to an audience in the Drama Studio and there is a KS3 festival once a year. Year 9 and 10 also have a Drama evening for showing their work.  Regular theatre trips are organised for KS4 and KS5 as theatre reviews are part of the course; we also hope that their practical work will be inspired and enriched by these visits. Students at KS4 and KS5 have also been fortunate enough to work alongside professional practitioners and companies such as Frantic Assembly and George Dillon. All students are invited to audition for the annual musical. We also support students who are auditioning for the National Youth Theatre.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for Drama on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  As the specifications for GCSE and A-level have changed we are in the process of creating revision material for the new exams next year. Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics Level Contact for more detail
 7

In house course covering:

  • Improvisation on the theme of bullying
  • Voice workshops
  • Scripted performance of a scene from a Roal Dahl play- from page to stage
  • Physical theatre
  • Shakespeare: Tempest or Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Three written assessments focusing on evaluation and analysis of their own performance and that of others
Pathways Mrs N OConnell
noconnell@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 8

In house course covering:

  • Waxworks/ Ghost stories
  • Script work –from page to stage (Mugged)
  • Melodrama
  • Improvisation based on “The Boy” poem
  • Theatre Practitioners
  • Devising from a stimulus
  • Three written assessments focusing on evaluation and analysis of their own performance and that of others
Pathways  
 9

AQA GCSE Drama

Component 1- Understanding Drama (written exam – 1 hr 45 mins) 40%

  • Practically explore and perform extracts of a set text (Blood Brothers) and prepare to answer four questions in written exam based on an extract from the text.
  • Write about an aspect of live theatre performance (acting) in preparation for the written exam.
  • Be able to apply understanding of different drama terminology and concepts and roles within theatre to four multiple choice questions in the exam.

Component 2 – Devising Drama (practical and written) 40% 

  • Physical Theatre – Frantic Assembly/ Brechtian workshops and practically exploring responses to a given stimulus working towards a final group devised performance.
  • Written portfolio documenting the process and evaluating the performance.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE  
 10

AQA GCSE Drama

Revision of: Component 1- Understanding Drama (written exam – 1 hr 45 mins) 40%

Component 2 – Presenting and Performing texts 30%

  • Theatre visit for analysis of acting for written paper question
  • Revise and write mock questions for written paper

Component 3: Texts in Practice 20%

  • Learn, rehearse and prepare to perform two text extracts from the same play. This could be a monologue, duologue or group piece. This is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Writing a concept for how they developed their role/roles for performance.

If the student is on a three year extended course the above work in Year 9 is continued over Year 9 and 10. This is because contact time is more spread out with fewer lessons each week but over a longer period of time.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE  
12

Edexcel A Level Drama

  Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (Written exam) 40%

  • Practical exploration of a set text.
  • Interpretation of the text as a director for a contemporary audience in light of a practitioner.
  • Evaluation of a piece of live theatre.

Component 1 – Devising 40%

  • Explore a play text in light of a practitioner.
  • Devise a piece of theatre as a performer or designer
  • Record the process in a portfolio

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A level Year 1:  Level 3  
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Edexcel A Level Drama

Component 2 – Text in Performance 20%

  • Group performance from a performance text as a performer or a designer.
  • Perform or design a mono/duologue from a different text.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (Written exam) 40%

  • Practical exploration of a set text.
  • Interpretation of the text as a director for a contemporary audience in light of a practitioner.
  • Evaluation of a piece of live theatre.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2:  Level 3