Drama

Head of Department: Mr L Brown - l.brown.scs@stcleres.coop

Drama helps to develop many skills: acting builds confidence and the ability to work in a team; directing gives you organisational and management skills. Drama is about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many different 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. 

Drama is about team work and co-operation.  You must neither be too quiet nor too dominant so that no one else gets a chance to speak.  Above all, you must be very motivated, willing to explore your creativity and willing to take risks. 

Exam Course Title: GCSE (9-1) Drama     Full Exam Specification (PDF)
Exam board and Code: Edexcel 1DR0

Assessment:

Component 1: 40% (60 marks) - coursework
Component 2: 20% (48 marks) - performance
Component 3: 40% (60 marks) - written exam

Exam Mark Breakdown

Component 1: 40% of the qualification – 60 marks (Internally assessed and externally moderated)
Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus;
- Performance of this devised piece – recorded for moderator; (15 marks)
?- Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance – 2000 word essay based on six questions or 8-10 minute recorded viva voce.(45 marks)

Component 2: 20% of the qualification – 48 marks (Externally assessed by visiting examiner)
?- Students will perform two key extracts from a performance text (48 marks)

Component 3:  40% of the qualification – 60 marks (written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes)
?- Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text as preparation forwritten examination:
?- Section A: Bringing Texts to Life (45 marks)
?- Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation (15 marks)

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9

Term 1: 
(i) Introduction to the course
(ii) Stanislavski/Method acting
(iii) Dance and movement/Key skills

Term 2: 
Multi-roling: John Godber and The 39 Steps

Term 3:
Learning to devise work

Year 10

In Year 10 you will record the process of a devised piece of Drama that will be sent to an assessor, both the recording and the written work. The written work can be substituted for a 8-10 minute oral examination, recorded and sent to the moderator (viva voce).

Term 1: Genres of Theatre
(i) Characterisation/Stanislavski/  Music and Movement
(ii) Practitioners: Brecht, Artaud and Berkoff

Term 2:
(i) Monologue and Speech//Mask work/Impro skills
(ii) Devising Skills and abstract form
(iii) Assembly project and Devising

Term 3:
(i) Unit 2: Curious Incident visit + notes phase
(ii) Controlled Assessed phase of Unit 2 - Review

Year 11

You will create a piece of drama based upon two text extracts and perform these to a visiting examiner. You will then see a live performance and prepare for a 1 hour 30 minute written examination, which will cover this live performance and also the study of a complete play text.

Term 1: 
(i) Unit 1: Prejudice - notes and controlled assessed coursework
(ii) Unit 2: The Crucible - notes and controlled assessed coursework

Term 2:
(i) Coursework completion
(ii) Unit 3: Devising from a stimulus
(iii) Unit 3: Exam preparation
(iv) Unit 3: Practical exam

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1: 
(i) Ghost Stories - exploring tension and mood through the new drama techniques
(ii) Storytelling/Pantomime - narration, voice, exaggerated performance

Term 2: 
(i) Bullying - exploring issues through extending fiction; body language
(ii) Greek theatre - theatre history, choral work

Term 3: 
(i) Stranger Danger - Public Information films; Brecht work
(ii) Silent Movie - character and movement; mime

Year 8

Term 1: 
(i) Lord of the Flies - exploring character and status through text
(ii) Murder Mystery - status; creating tension

Term 2: 
(i) Practitioners - theatre history, style and genre
(ii) Shakespeare - theatre history, exploring characters, themes and language

Term 3: 
(i) Comedy - genre and style
(ii) Warden X -  teacher-in-role and exploration of youth crime

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