Drama

Curriculum Leader: Mrs C. Windrum

 

We foster a love of Drama and Theatre through engaging lessons, knowledgeable teaching and a rich extra-curricular programme.

  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in Drama
  • Empower students to strive to produce the highest standards of performance
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to excel in both practical and theoretical areas.
  • Develop students’ awareness of how subject links to future employment and the creative industries
  • Provide links and opportunities for partnership beyond the school environment

All students at Fulford study drama in fortnightly, hour-long lessons by a specialist teacher of Drama.

 

In drama lessons at KS3, students explore a range of drama techniques and styles through improvising and working in role; devising, scripting and performing in plays, and discussing and reviewing their own and others’ performances.

 

The units studied in each year group are as follows:

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

Introduction to Drama Skills

Script Work – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Spring Term

The Tempest

Summer Term

Style – Trestle Masks

Devising work – Evacuation

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Style – Commedia Dell’ Arte

Script Work – War Play

Spring Term

Devising – Titanic

Summer Term

Style – Melodrama

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

Developing Devising Skills

Style – Brecht

Spring Term

Script work – DNA

Summer Term

Developing Devising Skills 2 – Aberfan

During Y10 and 11 students devise drama, explore a set texts practically and work on a text-based performance.

Aiming for success:

The written exam paper is designed to help all students realise their full potential.

It uses a variety of question styles and ask students to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience.

Clear progression to A-level:

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to  A-level Drama and Theatre studies. Students who go on to A-level are already familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts.

Transferable skills:

Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically, problem solve and evaluate effectively- key skills for future, whatever they choose to do. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

 

GCSE Drama:  Long Term Plan: Year 10

 

Unit

Focus and Outcome

Weeks

Autumn 1/2

 

Unit 6 – Component 2 Devising Drama

Topic TBC

 

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

 

Focus:

Devising, Research and Development

Outcome:

Polished devised performance to film

Devising log

Resources:

Devising log book

 

14

Spring 1/2

 

Unit 4 (cont.) – Live theatre performance

 

Component 1: Section C

 

Focus:

Analysis and review

Outcome:

Exam response

Resources:

Digital theatre – “The Tempest”

Or production seen

Year 10 Reports

 

 

 

On-going

 

Unit 7 – Set text

 

Component 1: Section B

Focus:

Set text practical and design exploration

Outcome:

Exam questions

Performance of set text as a mock performance

Resources:

Copies of “Blood Brothers”

“Blood Brothers” workbook

Assessed in Y 10 Exams

14

Summer 1/2

Y10 Exams

Unit 7 – Set text

 

Component 1: Section B

Focus:

Set text practical and design exploration

Outcome:

Exam questions

Performance of set text as a mock performance

Resources:

Copies of “Blood Brothers”

“Blood Brothers” workbook

 

 

 

 

GCSE Drama:  Long Term Plan: Year 11

UnitFocus and OutcomeWeeks
Autumn 1/2

Component 3 – Text in Practice

  • Performance of extract 1 (20)
  • Performance of extract 2 (20)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

Focus:

Scripted performance

Outcome:

Scripted performance for assessment

Visiting examiner

Resources:

Student’s choice – Text studying for Lit?

39 steps

NOT Blood Brothers

Examined by AQA End of Jan

14
Preparation for Mock – November
Spring 1/Spring 2 REVISION Exam mid May

Component 1: Section A

  • Multiple Choice (4)

Focus:

Skills for multi-choice

Outcome:

Exam style Questions

Resources:

Exam Sheets

14

Component 1: Section B

  • Four questions on a given extract (44)

Focus:

Set Text

Outcome:

Exam style Questions

Resources:

Blood Brothers

Component 1: Section C

  • One question from a choice on the work of a theatre maker in a single live production. (32)

 Focus:

Analysis and review

Outcome:

Exam response

Resources:

Digital theatre

Final Exam May

Link to Specification
AQA Drama and Theatre Studies Specification

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We want students to have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre; this qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.

 

Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

 

Students choose to develop as a:

  • performer
  • designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • director
  • combination of these.

 

Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

 

The exam paper is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting set texts and apply independent thinking as they evaluate a live theatre production.

 

Clear progression to higher education:

Higher education institutions (HEIs) value and respect the skills AQA drama and theatre qualifications give students.

 

By incorporating the approach they take with drama and theatre undergraduates into this A-level, students are really well prepared for the demands of university and beyond.

 

Transferable skills:

Students of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. This specification refines students’ collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

 

Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

 

Long Term Plan:

Autumn 1/2

Component 1: Interpreting Drama – AS

A Servant of Two Masters

Leading to

Component 1:Drama and Theatre – A

 

Focus:

Interpretation of play from a performance perspective

Outcome:

Exam style essays in preparation for exam

Resources:

A Servant of Two Masters

Live review on going
Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre –  A

Practitioner: Stanislavski

Extract: A Doll’s House

Whale Music

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 1 and  2

Portfolio

Resources:

A  Doll’s House

Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre –  A

Practitioner: Artaud

Extract: 4.48 Psychosis

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 1 and  2

Portfolio

Resources:

4.48 Psychosis

Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre – A

Practitioner – Berkoff/Frantic

Extract:  The Trial/Pool no water

 

Focus:

Working knowledge of practitioner 

Outcome:

Practical performance – extract 2

Portfolio – extract 1 and 2

Resources:

The Trial

Pool no water

Depending on interest of group they then decide which of these will become Extract 2 (performed) and which will be written about as Extract 1.

Spring 1/2

Component 1: Interpreting Drama – AS

A Servant of Two Masters

Leading to

Component 1:Drama and Theatre – A

 

Focus:

Interpretation of play from a performance perspective

Outcome:

Exam style essays in preparation for exam

Resources:

A Servant of Two Masters

 
Component 2: Process and performance (practical) AS

Leading to

Component 3: Making Theatre – A

Focus:

Choosing extract and preparing performance and portfolio

 

EXAM DATE: Practical record in March

 

 

Summer 1/2
Revision

 

A Level Theatre Studies –Long Term Plan Year 2

Component 3: Making Theatre 3: Key Extracts

Extract 3:

Choose from one taught in first year Eg: Artaud, Berkoff but must be different to the practitioner applied to original drama

(2 already done but will need writing up as reflective log rather  than portfolio)

They can use the same practitioner as they devised with.

The can re-perform Extract 2 as Extract 3 and write up a new one

Focus:

Choosing extract and preparing performance and practical

Outcome:

Performance

Reflective Report

Marked by AQ

Resources:

 

 

Practical exam

Summer 1

Revision:

A servant of Two Masters

Our Country’s Good

Live Review

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular Drama activities at Fulford. As well as regular theatre trips and a Year 7 and 8 Drama club, we stage a whole school production every year. Recent productions include Peter Pan (2020), Good Night Mr Tom (2019), We Will Rock You (2018),  Lady Windermere’s Fan (2017), Romeo and Juliet (2016), Grease (2014), Joseph (2012), Bugsy (2011) and Little Shop of Horrors (2010).

 

Students at KS4 and 5 are expected to attend the theatre as part of the course, and there are opportunities to take on a role in delivering extra-curricular sessions, supporting in lessons, back-stage, lighting and assistant directing for willing KS5 students.

 

We have links with local theatres, universities, professional individuals and companies working in the performance industry. We use these links to provide a varied and effective enrichment programme to support the work done within the curriculum in Drama.

 

The Specification can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/drama/specifications/AQA-7262-SP-2016.PDF