During KS3 all year 7 students will do 3 hours of Drama in a 3 x 3 week block = 27 hours of Drama. In years 8 and 9 students have 2 hours of Drama in a 3 x 3 week block = 18 hours.
A BTEC course is offered to students in year 11 worth 2 GCSE's and a GCSE course is also offered for year 10 students.
The Drama faculty is very well equipped, having a drama studio and seating for over 100 people. The theatre is used for various performances throughout the school year.
KS3 drama skills
Mime, narration, starting freeze frame, Marking the moment, finishing freeze frame, physical theatre, thought tracking, unseen character, cross cutting, hot –seating, multi role, stepping out of the action, spontaneous improvisation, Greek chorus, role-play, forum theatre and many more.
Unit 1 - Drama Exploration. Internally assessed - worth 30% of the GCSE, a six hour practical exploration. Documentary response (recommended maximum 2000 words)
Unit 2 - Exploring Play Texts. Internally assessed - worth 30% of the GCSE. A full and substantial play text chosen by the centre. Experience of live theatre as a member of the audience. Six hour practical exploration of play text. Documentary response to practical exploration. (recommended maximum 1000 words). Documentary response to live theatre (recommended maximum 2000 words)
Unit 3 - Drama Performance - Externally assessed 40% worth of the GCSE. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through their acting in a live performance. Students will present their work in a single performance to an examiner appointed by Edexcel.
BTEC First Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)
In Key Stage 4, students can choose one option block, equivalent to 3 lessons per week - worth 2 GCSES's A-C. Pass = 2C's, Merit = 2 B's, and Distinction = 2 A's are the three levels of grades that can be achieved on this course through the completion of at least 6 assignments.
The certificate consists of 3 units:
Unit One - Acting
Unit Two - Devising Plays
Unit Three - Scripted Performance
There are three main topics covered througout the certificate:
Create at least two devised plays that will last 10-20 mins each
Rehearse at least two play script extracts that will last 20-30 mins each
Complete an actors log after each lesson
Complete research on each play
Some rehearsals will be videoed as evidence of learning
Perform at least two devised performances that will last 10-20 mins each to an audience
Perform at least two play script extracts that will last 20-30 mins each to an audience
Perfromances will be videoed as evidence
Write evaluations of at least two devised plays performed
Write evaluations of at least two scripted plays performed
Should additional information relating to the curriculum be required, please contact Ms J Duckworth on 01253 336500.