Curriculum Leader - Drama:

Mrs Turner

Drama

The Drama Department

Drama at Desborough is an important creative subject in its own right and plays an important role in pupils’ aesthetic, social, linguistic, kinaesthetic and emotional learning.  Pupils are encouraged to gain confidence in their own abilities through the three intrinsic areas of making, performing and evaluating and will develop the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

Making

  • The development of social skills such as confidence, cooperation, working as a group, problem solving and concentration.
  • The use of the drama process to communicate own ideas and perceptions through discussion and development of character.
  • Creative experimentation with different dramatic styles, conventions and drama forms.

Presenting

  • Creative and original interpretation of scripted plays in performance.
  • Imaginative creation of character and use of appropriate vocal and physical skills to communicate dramatic intentions.
  • The use of theatrical design elements such as set, lighting sound and costume to add dramatic meaning to performance.

Evaluating 

  • Understanding the effectiveness of own work and that of professional theatre companies.
  • The social, historical, political and cultural context of plays studied or seen live.
  • The development of constructive criticism and self-evaluation.

The Curriculum

KS3

In Years 7, pupils are introduced to a range of dramatic forms and conventions such as improvisation, role-play, mime, characterisation, hot seating and still image.  Emphasis is placed on using the drama process to develop confidence, concentration, group work skills, communication skills and creative thinking.  In Year 8, pupils continue to experiment with a range of drama forms, although there is more emphasis on theatre as a holistic art form.  Design elements such as staging, set, lighting, sound, costume and props are explored, alongside physical and vocal performance skills.   Self and peer evaluation form an integral part of pupils’ learning throughout KS3.

Pupils are taught in moderately sized mixed ability groups and experience one lesson per week. 

KS4

At GCSE level pupils follow the Edexcel 2016 Drama Specification.  Traditionally, pupils achievement at this level is excellent and 2016 was no exception with 95% of pupils gaining A*-C grades and 35% gaining A*-A grades.  For Unit 1, pupils create and develop a devised piece of theatre from a stimulus and evaluate the work through a written portfolio.  Unit 2 is a practical performance exam and here the pupils focus on the rehearsal and performance of two extracts from a chosen play text.  A strong commitment to after school rehearsals is required to allow pupils to achieve their very best grades. Unit 3 comprises a written exam where pupils need to analyse and evaluate one set text and one live theatre performance from the perspective of a director, performer and designer.

 

 

Sixth Form

At A level, pupils follow the Edexcel 2016 Drama and Theatre Specification.  Unit 1 requires students to devise an original performance piece that uses one key extract from a play text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.  Unit 2 comprises the performances of two separate texts to an audience, alongside a brief written rationale.  Finally, the Unit 3 written exam, requires the study of two set texts from the perspective of a director, designer, performer and theatre practitioner, alongside live theatre evaluation.  The re-drafting of written coursework is an important part of the learning process at sixth form level and staff and students are committed to this process to enable students to access top grades.    

Theatre Trips

Theatre trips are an essential part of the curriculum for GCSE and sixth form students and trips to local venues and London theatres occur frequently.  Acting workshops also form an important part of pupils’ training and the department has strong links with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and its resident theatre company.  All trips and workshops help students to appreciate Drama as an ephemeral  transitory ‘live’ art form and many of them form compulsory preparation for written exam work or coursework.  

Extra Curricular Drama

A KS3 Drama club takes place in terms one and two and participants perform as part of the Christmas celebrations in December.  The club reconvenes in terms five and six and prepares for the college’s annual Talent Contest which is a collaborative project involving the Drama, Art and Music departments.  Whole school productions also occur requiring a collaborative effort across departments. 

 

KEY STAGE 3 - PROGRAMME OF STUDY FOR DRAMA

 

Year 7                                                       Year 8

Topics selected from:                           Topics selected from:

Introduction to Drama Skills                        ‘Charlotte Dymond’ – Murder Mystery

Improvisation                                             Evacuees

Murder Mystery                                          Melodrama

‘The Flood’                                                 ‘Macbeth’

Shadow Puppets                                         Commedia dell’ Arte             

Poetry                                                        Lord of the Flies

                                                                 'Bugsy Malone'                      

 Additional activities:

 Drama Club

 Christmas Play

Talent Contest


 

Activities to extend learning:

Visit the theatre to experience a variety of Performance Styles                 

Useful Learning Websites:

www.edmodo.com

www.u2learn.com

www.nordenfarm.org

www.readingarts.com

www.wycombeswan.co.uk

www.southhillpark.org.uk

www.bbcbitesize/englishliterature

 

Personnel
Mrs K Turner Curriculum Leader
Mrs K Holyoake-Lloyd  

GCSE Drama

Curriculum Area: Drama
Curriculum Leader: Mrs K L Turner

What are the areas I will study?

The Drama GCSE course (Edexcel 1DR0) comprises 3 Units:

  • Component 1      Devising - Practical and Written Coursework (40%)  
  • Component 2     Performance from Text – Practical NEA (20%)
  • Component 3     Theatre Makers in Practice – Written Exam (40%)

What activities will I take part in?

Component 1

The creative development and devising of a piece of original theatre from a chosen stimulus such as War and Conflict.  This unit is supported by a 2000 word written portfolio that analyses and evaluates the creative process and performance. 

Component 2

This is a practical performance unit that is assessed by an external visiting moderator.  Students demonstrate their skills as performers by acting in a play, or their skills as technicians by designing and exhibiting lighting, sound or set.

Component 3

A formal written examination that requires the study of one set text from the perspective of a director, designer, performer and theatre practitioner, alongside the evaluation of a live theatre performance.

 

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop

Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline.  It involves the creation of imagined characters and situations, which are enacted within a designated space.  Like all the arts, Drama helps us to make sense of the world.  In our society Drama has become one of the principle vehicles of information and one of the prevailing methods of ‘thinking’ about life and situations.

 

Making

 

  • The development of social skills such as confidence, cooperation, working as a group, problem solving and concentration.

  • The use of the drama process to communicate own ideas and perceptions through discussion and development of character.

Presenting

 

  • Creative and original interpretation of scripted plays in performance.

  • Imaginative creation of character and use of appropriate vocal and physical skills to communicate dramatic intentions.

Evaluating

 

  • Understanding the effectiveness of own work and that of professional theatre companies.

  • The social, historical and cultural context of plays studied or seen live.

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How will I be assessed?

 

  • Component 1 – Devising 40%:
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Written Portfolio 2,000 words
  • Devised Performance or Design Realisation
  • Component 2 – Text in Performance 20%:
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Group Performance or Design Realisation of two extracts from one play text.
  • Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice 40%:
  • External Written Exam
  • Section A – Bringing Texts to Life.  Six short and extended responses of an unseen extract based on one set text.   
  • Section B – Live Theatre Evaluation.  Two questions requiring pupils to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance from the perspective of a performer and a designer. 

 

Who do I see for more information?

 

Mrs Turner and Mrs Holyoake-Lloyd are able to offer further information on the GCSE course.  Also, you can visit the exam board’s website to access the course summary and further details –

 

 

www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

 


The A Level Drama & Theatre course (Edexcel 9DR0) comprises 3 Units:

  • Component 1      Devising - Practical and Written Coursework (40%)                              
  • Component 2      Performance from Text – Practical NEA (20%)
  • Component 3      Theatre Makers in Practice – Written Exam (40%)

What activities will I take part in?

Component 1

The creative development and devising of a piece of original theatre that uses one key extract from a play text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. This unit is supported by a 2000 word written portfolio that analyses and evaluates the creative process and performance. 

 

Component 2

This is a practical performance unit that is assessed by an external visiting moderator.  Students demonstrate their skills as performers by acting in two plays, or their skills as technicians by designing and exhibiting lighting, sound or set.

 

Component 3

A formal written examination that requires the study of two set texts from the perspective of a director, designer, performer and theatre practitioner, alongside the evaluation of a live theatre performance.

 

 

 

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline.  It involves the creation of imagined characters and situations, which are enacted within a designated space.  Like all the arts, Drama helps us to make sense of the world.  In our society Drama has become one of the principle vehicles of information and one of the prevailing methods of ‘thinking’ about life and situations.

Making

  • The development of social skills such as confidence, cooperation, working as a group, problem solving and concentration.
  • The use of the drama process to communicate own ideas and perceptions through discussion and development of character.
  • Creative experimentation with different dramatic styles and drama forms.

Presenting

  • Creative and original interpretation of scripted plays in performance.
  • Imaginative creation of character and use of appropriate vocal and physical skills to communicate dramatic intentions.
  • The use of theatrical design elements such as set, lighting sound and costume to add dramatic meaning to performance.

Evaluating

  • Understanding the effectiveness of own work and that of professional theatre companies.
  • The social, historical and cultural context of plays studied or seen live.
  • The development of constructive criticism and self-evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 – Devising 40%:
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Written Portfolio 3,000 words
  • Devised Performance or Design Realisation
  • Component 2 – Text in Performance 20%:
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Group Performance or Design Realisation.
  • Monologue / Duologue Performance or Design Realisation
  • Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice 40%:
  • External Written Exam
  • Section A – Live Theatre Evaluation.  One extended response question requiring analysis and evaluation of a live theatre performance.
  • Section B – Page to Stage.  The creative realisation of a performance text from the perspective of a performer and a designer. 
  • Section B – Interpreting a Performance Text.  The creative realisation of a second performance text from the perspective of a director and chosen theatre practitioner.  The communication of ideas to a contemporary audience and an awareness of the original performance conditions are required. 

 

More course information

A Level Drama and Theatre is a recognised academic qualification for entry onto Higher Education courses and the examination is accepted by all universities. This exciting course is both practical and academic in content and approach.  The focus of the course is the imaginative realisation of theatre, not just theoretical study.  Throughout the course, students will be invited to create their own performance approach to a range of texts, explore contemporary staging of plays and devise their own productions and performances.  They will be given the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors, see a range of theatre, and work with other A Level students from neighbouring schools and Radley College. 


 

Who do I see for more information?

Mrs Turner and Mrs Holyoake-Lloyd are able to offer further information on the A Level course.  Also, you can visit the exam board’s website to access the course summary and further details –

 

www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

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