Drama

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Students have begun distinct lessons in Drama in Key Stage 3. By rotating groups between Music and Drama every half term, they have begun to understand and apply key skills needed at this stage of their learning in Drama. A variety of stimuli are used in different schemes of work including The Victorians and Darkwood Manor, a fictional tale of a haunted house.

Lessons per week: 1 during a rotation period

Key Skills

  • Still Image
  • Narration
  • Thought Tracking
  • Improvisation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Genres
  • Cross-cutting

To find out more information about this course, you can email drama@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 4

Year 9

As the current year 9 students will be completing the newly reformed GCSE’s in 2018, students are completing a number of preparatory projects and skills-based lessons. This will give them all the necessary subject-specific and personal skills to maximise their potential in Key Stage 4. Students will discover ways of devising original pieces of work, how to explore play texts and take scripts from page to stage as part of a performance.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: OCR
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

  • Devising Drama: non-exam assessment – 30% of final GCSE
  • Presenting and Performing Texts: non-exam assessment – 30% of final GCSE
  • Drama: Performance and Response: exam assessment – 40% of final GCSE
Autumn 1 Introduction to Devising

 

Students explore a variety of stimuli and use a variety of performance skills to communicate meaning in a performance

Autumn 2 Areas of Study

 

This explores the key skills needed throughout their GCSE course which all their work will be underpinned by.

Spring 1 Genre, Performance Style and Convention

 

This scheme of work investigates this area of study in detail, enabling students to think broadly about the ways of presenting performances.

Spring 2 From Page to Stage

 

Students are given the tools to study a play text, understanding a writer’s intentions and present a piece of scripted text for performance

Summer 1 Drama: Performance and Response preparation

 

Students will undertake a series of lessons where they learn the requirements of the examined unit and how to convey information through their writing.

Summer 2 Devising Drama Revisited

 

Students will devise various pieces of work and will see how their skills in devising and performance have improved over the year.

 

Year 10 and 11

GCSE Drama explores how to interpret and present performances in a variety of different ways. Students learn how to articulate their original thoughts about texts and devised work by justifying their reasoning. They conclude the course by responding to a set stimulus from the exam board and creating a piece of original theatre to be performed to a visiting examiner.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

  • Unit 1 Drama Exploration 30% of final mark
  • Unit 2 Exploring Play Texts: 30% of final mark
  • Unit 3 Drama Performance: 30% of final mark

Year 10

Autumn 1  

Practical Exploration – “Too Much Punch for Judy”

 

Students use drama skills and mediums to explore a piece of text to gain greater understanding of the play

 

Autumn 2 Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – “Too Much Punch for Judy”

 

Students create a report that details their knowledge that they have gained of the play which contributes to their final mark.

 

Spring 1  

Exploring Practitioners 1

 

Students will take part in a series of workshops that help them appreciate influences on drama from history and how they can apply them to their own performances

 

Spring 2  

Exploring Practitioners 2

 

Students will take part in a series of workshops that help them appreciate influences on drama from history and how they can apply them to their own performances

 

 

Summer 1  

Unit 3 Mock Exam

 

This is an ideal time to take students through the process that they will undertake when they complete their final piece of examined work. Students will explore a stimulus and create a performance of their own that showcases their performance skills and knowledge acquired so far.

 

Summer 2  

Unit 3 Mock Exam

 

This is an ideal time to take students through the process that they will undertake when they complete their final piece of examined work. Students will explore a stimulus and create a performance of their own that showcases their performance skills and knowledge acquired so far.

 

 

 

Year 11

Autumn 1  

Duologues and Performance Skills

 

As they begin their final year, students refine their performance skills and prepare themselves for the increased expectation in Year 11.

 

Autumn 2  

Unit 3 – Preparation

 

Students will begin creating responses to the stimulus material set by the exam board. They explore the potential of various types of performance over a series of lessons.

 

Spring 1  

Unit 3 – Devising and Rehearsal

 

Once students have a clear focus and intention for their own devised performance, they begin creating the main content of the performance and rehearsing in preparation for the exam.

 

Spring 2  

Unit 3 – Final Rehearsals and Performance

 

The exam date is set within this half term and students complete the final preparations for their performance, ready for when the visiting examiner comes to the school to watch and assess their final piece.

 

Summer 1  

COURSE COMPLETE

 

Summer 2  

COURSE COMPLETE

 

 

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email drama@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 – BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts allows students to be truly creative and gives students an understanding of what working in this field would be like in the real world. Students develop their skills further which they learnt previously in Key Stage 4 or even in any performance work they have done outside school.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: Edexcel – BTEC Level 3
  • Lessons per week: 4 sessions

Year 12

Autumn 1 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

 

Unit 106: Marketing for the Performing Arts

 

Students investigate marketing techniques of professional arts organisations and create their own marketing campaign for an upcoming event.

Autumn 2 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

 

Unit 106: Marketing for the Performing Arts

 

Students investigate marketing techniques of professional arts organisations and create their own marketing campaign for an upcoming event.

Spring 1 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

 

Unit 106: Marketing for the Performing Arts

 

Students investigate marketing techniques of professional arts organisations and create their own marketing campaign for an upcoming event.

Spring 2 Unit 19: Principles of Acting

 

Students explore different practitioners that have influenced Drama throughout the years. They complete the unit by presenting two pieces in contrasting styles.

Summer 1 Unit 19: Principles of Acting

 

Students explore different practitioners that have influenced Drama throughout the years. They complete the unit by presenting two pieces in contrasting styles.

Summer 2 Unit 19: Principles of Acting

 

Students explore different practitioners that have influenced Drama throughout the years. They complete the unit by presenting two pieces in contrasting styles.

 

Year 13

Autumn 1 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

Autumn 2 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

Spring 1 Unit 9: Devising Plays

 

Students decide on a stimulus material to work with and explore potential performance ideas for this, resulting in a final piece that communicates an intention to an audience

 

Unit 27: Script Writing

 

Students look at the key principles of script writing for different mediums then create their own script around a genre or issue that interests them.

Spring 2 Unit 27: Script Writing

 

Students look at the key principles of script writing for different mediums then create their own script around a genre or issue that interests them.

Summer 1 Unit 19: Principles of Acting

 

Students explore different practitioners that have influenced Drama throughout the years. They complete the unit by presenting two pieces in contrasting styles.

Summer 2 Unit 19: Principles of Acting

 

Students explore different practitioners that have influenced Drama throughout the years. They complete the unit by presenting two pieces in contrasting styles.

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email drama@heathpark.net.