Key Stage 3
Once a week students study a performance based skills course that covers hot seating, freeze frames, movement drama, play-scripts, improvisation, pair work and rehearsal techniques.. The course not only seeks to equip them for stage performance, but supports the students in team-building, group-work, leadership and independent learning. This has been shown to have an impact both on their confidence / empathy and progress in other areas of the curriculum. During the two years students learn drama skills by studying a variety of engaging topics that link to the GCSE.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. It is about increasing confidence and learning to use a range of Explorative Strategies. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.
The course aims to extend your appreciation of Drama and Theatre to enable you to develop your communication skills and your creative and imaginative abilities. You will be encouraged to develop concentration, observation and listening skills, and to understand the feelings and behaviour of other people. The work will require you to co-operate and work with others, as well as to make an individual contribution and to work independently of others.
The course is in three parts: In part one of the course you will use drama to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues. Working in groups you will devise a whole play based around the stimulus given by the teacher. You will keep a log book as part of your coursework which describes your creative process.Students are expected to write a maximum of 2500 words about their Drama work. This is 40% of your final mark.
In part two of the course you will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas and themes you will then choose two sections of the play to perform in front of a visiting examiner. You will focus on your characterisation and understanding of the play. This is 20% of your final mark.
The final part of your exam is the written paper which is split into three parts. The first section is a multiple choice section and you will be asked question about how theatre is created. In the second section we will focus on one play and the paper will ask you to analyse how you would perform a particular section from the chosen text. The final section is a live theatre evaluation and analysis. You will be taken to the theatre to watch a live performance you will then write about this in the written exam. This is 40% of your final mark.
You will learn how to use exploratory strategies to respond to texts, how to use the elements of Drama and how to choose an appropriate drama method to convey meaning.
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