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Drama

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Drama is taught as part of the English curriculum by all members of the English Department; there is no separate Drama Department in the school. We believe that Drama is an integral part of English and each scheme of work includes Drama activities which are relevant to its area of study.  Drama is an option for GCSE.

The aim of the weekly lessons given to each teaching group is to extend the opportunities for speaking and listening activities in English. The skills of collaboration, discussion and performance are emphasised as students work in pairs or small groups, preparing performances based on stimulus material or improvising roll plays. Enjoyment is an important objective as students often develop oral skills more effectively when working in a less restricted area and a more relaxed atmosphere.
Drama production (Drama Week)
A new Drama course is now being used by the Department in order to ensure students' progression in Drama skills from year 7 to 9. However, text-based activities remain an important part of our teaching in Drama.

Drama lessons are timetabled to take place in the Drama Studio or the Hall, although use is made of the school grounds (weather permitting), particularly during the summer Drama Competition.

There are a number of extra curricular activities related to Drama

GCSE

Why choose Drama? 

  • Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging experience
  • The balance between controlled assessment tasks and a written examination provides wide opportunities for success
  • Candidates are free to choose any two of the assessment options which include performance, technical and design skills
  • Candidates may choose any play text to study for the examination (this may include a text studied for GCSE English Literature
  • Having followed the course, candidates are able to make a smooth transition to more advanced courses in further and higher education

Aims and learning outcomes

Candidates are encouraged to:

actively engage in the process of dramatic study to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;

work imaginatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;

reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others;

develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills;

consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.

Specification (No. 4240)

Unit 1 (42401) - a written paper (1 1/2 hours) representing 40% of the overall grade.

Section A (compulsory) - practical work completed during the course

Section B  - study and performance of a scripted play

Section C - study of a live theatre performance

Unit 2 (42402) - practical work representing 60% of the overall grade.

Candidates are required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options (30% each option) from:  devised thematic work; acting; improvisation; theatre in education; physical theatre, set design; costume; make-up; properties; masks; puppets; lighting; sound and stage management.

Key skills

Communication, application of number, ICT, working with others, improving our learning for performance, problem-solving.

 
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