At Key Stage 3, lessons serve as a wide-ranging introduction to the study and performance of theatre and drama. Key areas are listed below:
Exploration of topics through drama activities, promoting performance confidence, acting and empathic skills. Spontaneous and polished improvisation, mime and physical theatre are also studied.
Study of a full and substantial play text, exploring areas such as characterisation, themes, content, style and structure. Students also explore narratives such as Grimm fairy tales, improvisation and development of devised work.
Study of a full and substantial play text with a focus on scripted performance. Exploration of themes and topics using drama strategies. Development of devising skills in preparation for Key Stage 4. Study of theatre history, styles, genres and practitioners.
Current Year 11
Drama is a popular option at Key Stage 4 and the students follow the edexcel GCSE course in the current Year 11 as detailed below:
Study of the following three units:
Unit 1: Drama Exploration- 30% of overall GCSE
Practical exploration of a centre devised topic/theme/issue with a documentary response (recommended maximum 2000 words)
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts- 30% of overall GCSE
Study and practical exploration of a full and substantial play text chosen by the centre
Documentary response to practical exploration (recommended maximum 1000 words)
Experience of live theatre as a member of the audience
Documentary response to live theatre (recommended maximum 2000 words)
Unit 3: Drama Performance- 40% of the overall GCSE
Students will present their work as either performers or performance support students in a single performance to a visiting examiner
Current Year 10
Year 10 students follow the OCR specification, completing the following three components over the two year course:
Component 1: Devising Drama (30% of the GCSE)
Students will undertake Component 1 working in small groups as an actor or designer to develop and shape a devised performance from a given stimulus.
Component 2: Presenting and Performing play Texts (30% of the GCSE)
Students will study a play text and perform scenes from it to a visiting examiner
Component 3: Drama: Performance and Response (40% of GCSE)
Written examination based on the study of a play text and a live theatre performance seen.