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Wade Deacon High School

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Drama

Curriculum Overview.

 

Progress report information.

 

Every Year 7 and 8 student at Wade Deacon High School studies Drama each half term. The Drama lessons in Years 7 and 8 support the texts and topics studied in our English modules.  Drama lessons are taught in a purpose built Drama Studio which is fully equipped with state of the art sound and light systems.

 

GCSE Drama students begin the course in Year 9; it involves many areas of study involving a variety of practical modules and theory topics. Drama at GCSE is an optional subject; students’ performances in Foundation lessons determine their suitability for the course.

 

Throughout the three years, students will study a variety of practical options.

 

 

For the current Year 10 and 11 the best two grades will go forward to the exam board. The practical options account for 40% of the final mark. In addition, students are assessed constantly; their contribution to their Drama lessons makes up 20% of the final mark. The final 40% of marks is the drama written paper. Students will be required to reflect upon their own performance in their response and/or a response to a live theatre production. Though the practical elements of the course can be assessed in Years 9, 10 and 11, the written paper can only be taken at the end of Year 11.

 

With the recent exam changes the current, and subsequent, Year 9 will be assessed on a devised drama piece (either performance or as a designer) with written log worth 40%, a scripted piece worth 20% and a written exam at the end of Year 11 worth 40%. This new specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. The course also prepares pupils for the transition to the A-Level course.

 

The confidence, creativity levels and skills students develop throughout the Drama GCSE course will equip them for numerous careers. The study of Drama also gives students the opportunities to perform in front of a live audience.  Even if students don’t continue Drama as a GCSE Option, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular Drama.

 

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Ms D. Hughes

 

Leader of Drama

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

 

·       Study of a scripted play.

 

o   Devised Thematic based on The Cruicible.

 

·       Creation of a drama diary.

 

Spring Term

 

·       Practical coursework.

 

o   Make up.

 

o   Monologues - study of playwright Antonin Artaud.

 

·       Creation of a makeup log.

 

Summer Term

 

·       Practical coursework.

 

o   Theatre in Education – working with our partner primaries.

 

·     Exam Skills – theory paper..

 

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

 

·      Practical coursework.

 

o   Devised Thematic based on Romeo and Juliet.

 

·       Exam Skills – theory paper.

 

Spring Term

 

·      Practical coursework – method acting Konstantin Stanislavski.

 

Blood Brothers.

·       Exam Skills – theory paper.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

·       Practical coursework.

 

o   Improvisation.

 

·       Exam Skills – theory paper.

 

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

 

·      Practical coursework.

 

o      Scripted: A View from the Bridge.

 

·      Exam Preparation.

 

o      Exam skills - Theory paper.

 

Spring Term

 

·      Practical preparation for moderation.

 

o      Showcase of best practical work for external moderator.

 

Exam preparation.

 

o      Exam skills - Theory paper.

 

Summer Term.

 

·         Exam preparation.

 

o      Exam skills - Theory paper.

 

 

 

 

Reporting

 

At GCSE, our students are taught to develop a series of Drama theory skills which are displayed in the written work. To arrive at the P2S grade, this will be combined with a piece of GCSE Drama practical coursework. As the course progresses, more practical and theory skills are learnt and the students’ grade can increase.  As there is only one tier for the GCSE Drama paper, students can be graded A*-G.

 

Year 9

 

P2S1

 

Written Examination and practical piece.

o   Students are assessed on an improvisation piece using GCSE success criteria and a modified version of Section A exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and understanding of skills required to perform.

 

P2S2

 

Written Examination and practical piece.

o   Students are assessed using GCSE devised thematic performance and Section A of a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and understanding of skills required to perform.

 

P2S3

 

Written examination and practical piece.

o  Students are assessed using Section A of a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and understanding of skills required to perform, combined with their first practical assessment and monologues.

 

P2S4

 

Written examination and practical piece.

o  Students are assessed using Section A of a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and understanding of skills required to perform, combined with their first and second practical GCSE assessments.

 

Year 10

 

P2S1

 

Written examination and one practical piece.

 

 

Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge, construction of drama.

 

 

P2S2

 

Full written examination and best two GCSE practical pieces.

o   Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge including section B of the paper focusing on Blood Brothers.

 

o  In addition, their best two GCSE practical performances will be added to their score.

 

P2S3

 

Full written examination and best two GCSE practical pieces.

 o  Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge, construction of drama.

 

o  In addition, their best two GCSE practical performances will be added to their score.

 

P2S4

 

Full written examination and practical work.

o  Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge, construction of drama.

 

o   In addition, their best two GCSE practical performances will be added to their score.

 

Year 11

 

P2S1

 

Full written examination and best two GCSE performance marks so far.

o   Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and the first of their Year 11 practical pieces from the scripted module, A View from the Bridge.

 

P2S2

 

Full written mock examination and best two GCSE performance marks so far.

o   Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge.

 

P2S3

 

The latest written examination plus the best two marks from their performance pieces during the course.

 

 

 

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