Drama


About the Faculty

Belper School and Sixth Form Centre has a strong and thriving Drama Faculty.  Facilities are excellent with a variety of well equipped teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces available within school.

Drama Assessment And Marking Procedures
Drama Faculty Assessment Plan

To find out what is delivered at each Key Stage, please click the title below:

Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students have 2 Drama lessons a fortnight. Students are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups. These lessons are active and practical and take place in one of our dedicated Drama spaces. Each half term students will be required to undertake a homework activity, which could include rehearsals. Our aims are outlined below.

To:
1. promote participation and enjoyment in Drama
2. pursue excellence as an achievable goal in performance and production
3. provide direct, practical experience of creative processes
4. develop skills in a range of creative and expressive activities
5. foster curiosity, ingenuity and imagination in the shaping of ideas, experience and feelings through personal involvement
6. promote the development of critical skills through evaluation of students’ work and that of others
7. give opportunities to experience the work of practitioners and performers through theatre visits, workshops, etc.
8. encourage awareness of artistic pursuits in students’ cultural, historical and social contexts
9. develop special interests and enthusiasms and offer opportunities to gain a sense of personal achievement
10. encourage contribution to arts activities in the community

The curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that student have a range of Drama experiences. Schemes of work are half a term long and have specific assessment foci.

AO1 RESPONDING to ideas and issues in different contexts, demonstrating an appropriate use of drama to communicate meaning to others.

AO2 DEVELOPING and exploring ideas using appropriate forms to structure them into meaningful pieces of drama work.

AO3 EVALUATING the effectiveness of students’ own drama work and the work of others and recognising the significance of historical, cultural and /or social influences.

AO4 PERFORMING ideas to others using the appropriate performing and/or production skills to communicate their intentions.

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Enrichment Opportunities

Acting, singing, dancing, technical theatre, backstage, costumes, make-up, assistant director…there are lots of ways to get involved.

* Year 7 Drama Club, a production takes place in December
* Year 8 & 9 Drama Club, whole school production takes place in June

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Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4 (courses starting from September 2016)

GCSE Drama

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The GCSE Drama course is largely practical and ideal for students who like working in groups, enjoy expressing themselves in an active and exciting way and want to develop their creative and critical skills. The ability to work successfully both as an individual and as part of a group using practical creative and evaluation skills, is vital in this subject. Presentation and communication skills are naturally acquired in this subject and are of course a bankable asset in today’s modern jobs’ market.

GCSE Drama will provide you with an excellent foundation for GCE Drama and Theatre Studies, GCE Performing Arts, BTEC Performing Arts or a Diploma in Creative and Media. Performance is integral to this course so you must have, or be able to develop, the confidence to do this!

 

Component One:

Devised Practical Performance 40%

  • Working in your group, you will devise an original piece of drama.
  • Your performance must last between 10-25 minutes, depending on the size of your group (between two and five people)
  • You will be given a stimulus as a starting point for your work.
  • Your devised performance must be linked to a particular practitioner or genre.

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Performance from a Script 20%

  • Working in a group of between two and five people, you will perform an extract from a published play script.
  • You may choose either acting or a theatre design skill.

Component Three:
Written Exam 40%

  • You will practically study a set text.
  • In your exam you will need to show you can give advice to actors, directors and designers.
  • A Live Theatre Review of a play seen during the course.

Examination Board: Eduqas

Year 11 – Key Stage 4 (current Year 11 only)

Optional Subject: GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama

The GCSE Drama course is largely practical and ideal for students who like working in groups, enjoy expressing themselves in an active and exciting way and want to develop their creative and critical skills. The ability to work successfully both as an individual and as part of a group using practical creative and evaluation skills, is vital in this subject. Presentation and communication skills are naturally acquired in this subject and are of course a bankable asset in today’s modern jobs’ market.

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GCSE Drama will provide you with an excellent foundation for GCE Drama and Theatre Studies, GCE Performing Arts, BTEC Performing Arts or a Diploma in Creative and Media.  Performance is integral to this course so you must have, or be able to develop, the confidence to do this!

Unit One:
Devised Practical Performance 60%

  • Working in your group, you will devise an original piece of drama.
  • Your performance must last between 10-25 minutes, depending on the size of your group (between two and five people)
  • You will be given a stimulus as a starting point for your work.
  • Your devised performance must be linked to a particular practitioner or genre.

Performance 40%
Performance Report 20%

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Unit Two:
Performance from a Script 20%

  • Working in a group of between two and five people, you will perform an extract from a published play script.
  • You may choose either acting or a theatre design skill.

Unit Three:
Written Exam 20%

  • You will practically study a set text.
  • In your exam you will need to show you can give advice to actors, directors and designers.
  • You will evaluate the performance or design you produced in Unit Two.

Examination Board: WJEC
Course Code: 4150LA

Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form (courses starting from September 2016)

Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Be creative
  • See professional performances
  • Understand drama theory
  • Experiment with dramatic form
  • Work in a team
  • Perform, Direct, Design

The Drama course is an exciting combination of creative activities. Students will devise drama, realise playtexts and analyse theatre.

Year 12 A Level

Component 1: Performance Workshop
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
60% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of:

  • an extract from a text of the learner’s choice
  • a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of a second extract from a text from a different social, historical or cultural context using the techniques and working methods of either a theatre practitioner or theatre company

All learners must produce:

  • a realisation of both performances or designs
  • a creative log
  • an evaluation of the process of creating and realisation of the reinterpreted extract only

Component 2: Text in Context
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification

Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the set text chosen must be taken into the examinaDramation. A series of questions on one performance text from the following list:
The Trojan Women, Euripides

As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
Machinal, Sophie Treadwell
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Year 13 A Level

Component 1: Theatre Workshop
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
20% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

Learners must produce:

  • a realisation of the performance or design
  • a creative log

Component 2: Text in Action
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner
40% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:

  • A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1).
  • An extract from a text in a contrasting style chosen by the learner.

Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner. Learners must produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

Component 3: Text in Performance
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of qualification

Sections A and B
Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination. Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.

Pre-1956:
The Trojan Women, Euripides
As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Hedda Gables, Henrik Ibsen
Machinal, Sophie Treadwell
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Post-1956:
Saved, Edward Bon
Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo
Racing Demon, David Hare
Love and Information, Caryl Churchill
Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood

Section C
Closed book: The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper. A series of questions based on a specified extract from:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens. Details of the extract will be released during the first week.Drama 2

Are you interested in:

  • Team work
  • Performance
  • Practical/creative
  • Challenge
  • Theatre

Leading to a career in:

  • Performing Arts
  • Media
  • Drama Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Management
  • Creative partnerships

Exam Board: WJEC

Year 13 – Sixth Form (current Year 13 only)

The Drama course is an exciting combination of creative activities. Students will devise drama, realise playtexts and analyse theatre.

– Be creative
– See professional performances
– Understand drama theory
– Experiment with dramatic form
– Work in a team
– Perform, Direct, Design

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AS 

Exploration
This is an internally assessed unit which requires students to explore two contrasting plays practically.

Theatre Text in Performance
This externally assessed unit requires students to take part in a formal production of a published play.  They must also perform a monologue or duologue.

AS Assessment 
Exploration of drama and performance of texts.

A2

Exploration of Dramatic Performance
Students will research, develop and devise a piece of theatre which is internally assessed.  They will also produce a written analysis of the process.

Theatre Text in Context
This externally assessed written paper includes the study and evaluation of a live theatre performance.

A2 Assessment 
Devised performance and study of theatre text and history.

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Are you interested in
– Team work
– Performance
– Practical/Creative Challenge
– Theatre

Leading to a career in
– Performing Arts
– Media
– Drama Therapy
– Teaching
– Theatre Management
– Creative partnerships