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Teacher of Drama: Sharon Wisdom- swisdom@stpetersindependent.org.uk

 

KS3 Drama

In drama all students are assessed in the following areas: Creating work, Performance and evaluation of their work.

In Form 1 students are introduced to the basics of performing to an audience. Working towards their vocal and facial expression, exploring how manipulation of voice and expression can show a difference in character and character’s mood. They are introduced to the basics of working with a script and learn how to develop their improvisations skills. They also study Genre, Greek theatre and Shakespeare.

In Form 2 students develop their characterisations skills through the study of Stanislavski. They then explore different ways of staging a performance as well as reminiscence theatre, using WW2 as their theme. They then develop their Shakespearian knowledge through cross curricular work with English, studying ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’

In Form 3 students begin to prepare for GCSE drama by exploring a range of drama devices, exploring how they can be used to create different effects. They also begin to develop an appreciation of technical drama, learning to use the lighting, sound, costume and make-up equipment. They also study Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Physical Theatre, as well as Shakespeare.

 

GCSE DRAMA

(Follow the AQA drama course 8261.)

 

Unit 1 – Written exam testing pupils’ technical knowledge, the knowledge of a set text and evaluation of a live performance seen.  80 marks – 40% of GCSE.

 

Unit 2 – Devised work – pupils will prepare a range of devised work, this is performance to an audience and marked by the teacher. It is then moderated by AQA. 20 marks

Pupils are also required to complete a devising log (coursework) this is also marked by the teacher and moderated by AQA. 60 marks, 80 marks total – 40% GCSE.

 

Unit 3 – Pupils are required to perform two extracts of a play to an audience; this is externally examined by AQA via a visiting examiner.  40 marks total 20% of GCSE.

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Each year the drama department puts on the following performances, to which all pupils across the school are invited to take part.

Christmas school show – this year is ‘Christmas – Why do we do that?’
Talent Show – Held in July, a chance for each student to show off their talents.
Drama club  is also held throughout the year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In drama all students are assessed in the following areas: Creating work, Performance and evaluation of their work.

In the prep school students learn to work together in small groups and as a class, they develop their imagination as well as exploring a rage of themes they are studying in humanities and English through practical drama.

At form 1 students are introduced to the basics of performing to an audience. Working towards their vocal and facial expression, exploring how manipulation of voice and expression can show a difference in character and character’s mood. They are introduced to the basics of working with a script and learn how to develop their improvisations skills. They also study Genre, Greek theatre and Shakespeare.

In form two students develop their characterisations skills through the study of Stanislavski. They then explore different ways of staging a performance as well as reminiscence theatre, using WW2 as their theme. They then develop their Shakespearian knowledge through cross curricular work with English, studying ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’

Form 3 students begin to prepare for GCSE drama by exploring a range of drama devices, exploring how they can be used to create different effects. They also begin to develop an appreciation of technical drama, learning to use the lighting, sound, costume and make-up equipment. They also study Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Physical Theatre, as well as Shakespeare.

GCSE DRAMA follow the AQA drama course.

60% = Practical – made up of two final pieces (chosen from the best work across the year by the teacher and moderator) one scripted based and one improvised based. Within these pieces students have the option to work as a performer or technician (set design, props, make-up, costume, lighting or sound). They are marked for their creative process and their performance.

40% = Written paper lasting 1 ½ Hrs. Both sections of the paper give the students the opportunity to evaluate their work and demonstrate a knowledge of theatre, how to put on and effective performance and evaluate their own work.

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Each year the drama department puts on the following performances, to which all pupils across the school are invited to take part.

Christmas school show – this year is ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed at Moulton Theatre

Shakespeare Festival – Held in April as a celebration on the Bard’s birthday, each class performs extracts of his famous works.

Talent Show – Held in July, a chance for each student to show off their talents.

This year there will also be a Mayday celebration, in which each class will be performing traditional maypole, country and Morris dancing as well as mummer’s plays.

Drama club and dance club are also held throughout the year.