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Drama

Key Stage 3

Year 7

1.   Baseline Assessment
Students create, rehearse and perform a devised piece, based on their current level of understanding of drama. Their performance is assessed.
2.   Staging Types and Positions
Students learn about various types of staging configuration, as well as the staging positions associated with these.
3.   Performance Skills
Students are taught a range of skills, including use of levels, dramatic pause and eye contact. Each of these skills is utilised in performance.
4.   Script Work: Duologues
Students work in pairs to rehearse and perform a short scene. This performance is assessed.
5.   Live Theatre Review: The Cat in the Hat
Students watch and analyse and evaluate the performances in, the National Theatre's production of The Cat in the Hat.
6.   Devised Work: End-of-Year Assessment
Students create, rehearse and perform a devised piece, based on their current level of understanding of drama. Their performance is assessed.

 

Year 8

1.   Comedy
Students explore some of the principals of comedic acting, including a study of the plays of Mischief Theatre.
2.   Practitioner Study: Bertolt Brecht
Students learn about the theories and practices of Bertolt Brecht, exploring the concept of Epic Theatre. They work towards an end-of-topic performance, which is assessed.
3.   Practitioner Study: Konstantin Stanislavski
Students learn about the theories and practices of Konstantin Stanislavski, exploring the concept of naturalism.
4.   Whole-Play Study: Our Day Out
Students read and practically explore the play Our Day Out by Willy Russell. 
5.   Live Theatre Review: Shrek: The Musical
Students watch and analyse and evaluate the performances in the West End production of Shrek: The Musical.
6.   Devised Work: End-of-Year Assessment
Students create, rehearse and perform a devised piece, based on their current level of understanding of drama. Their performance is assessed.

 

Year 9

1.   Script Work: Extract Study

Students explore scenes and extracts from the following plays:

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford
  • The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
2.   Practitioner Study: Frantic Assembly
Students learn about the theories and practices of Frantic Assembly, exploring the concept of physical theatre.
3.   Live Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors
Students watch and analyse and evaluate the performances in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
4.   Devised Work
Students create, rehearse and perform a devised piece, based on their current level of understanding of drama. Their performance is assessed.

 


Lessons per fortnight: 1

ILT information: Research and line-learning; specific ILTs set when required

Assessment: Through performance (either of a scripted play or a devised piece) every term; ongoing assessment of subject-specific terminology

Out-of-classroom opportunities: LAMDA exams for selected students; theatre visits and visiting practitioners where possible (sometimes in conjunction with the English department); school productions; Achievement Evening performances

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10

1.   Written Exam: Blood Brothers
Students read and practically explore the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
2.   Written Exam: Live Theatre Review
Students watch and analyse and evaluate the performances in the National Theatre production of Yerma.
3.   Devised Work
Students create and rehearse a devised piece of theatre. Throughout rehearsals, they also keep a record (logbook) of their process.
4.   Trial Exam
Students sit a first attempt at the written exam paper, under exam conditions.
5.   Script Work
Students work in pairs or small groups to rehearse and refine two extracts from a play.​​​​​

 

Year 11

1.   Script Work
Students continue work in pairs or small groups to rehearse and refine two extracts from a play.
2.   Trial Exam
Students sit a second attempt at the written exam paper, under exam conditions.
3.   Devised Work
Students rehearse and perform a devised piece of theatre. They also complete and submit their logbook.
4.   Script Work
Students perform their two extracts for a visiting examiner. 
5.   Final Exam Preparation
Students revise for and then sit their written exam paper, under exam conditions.

 


 

Lessons per fortnight: 5

ILT information: Research, line-learning, Devised Logbook, revision; specific ILTs set when required

Assessment: Through performance (scripted and devised pieces); devising logbook and written exam practice

Out-of-classroom opportunities: Theatre visits and visiting practitioners where possible (sometimes in conjunction with the English department); school productions; Achievement Evening performances