Year 7-8 Curriculum

Drama is studied by all students in Years 7 and Year 8 which they undertake once a week where they learn a variety of Rehearsal, Devising Strategies and Performance Skills that are linked to the components studied at GCSE Drama.

Students follow a programme of learning that explores an introduction to Drama. As part of the course they will establish relationships within the group to create an effective group ensemble and complete activities that help them to build their confidence as a group and learn: How do we work well collaboratively? How do we use stage space? How do we use physicality? How do we use voice?

DEVISING STRATEGIES for creating performances

·         Still Images/Freeze-Frame/Tableaux

·         Transition

·         Narration/Chorus

·         Cross-Cutting/Mark the Moment

·         Thought-Tracking/Soliloquy

·         Exploring Genre/Style

REHEARSAL STRATEGIES for developing performances

·         Hot-Seating

·         Conscience Corridor

·         Role-on-the-Wall

Year 7-8 Assessment

In Year 7 and Year 8 the assessment framework is based on the following:

DEVISING – Creating their own devised work based on a theme or topic.

PERFORMING- Working in a group of between 3-6 to perform a piece of script from a text

WRITTEN REPSONSE – Analysing and evaluating their own work and the work of others

Year 9-11 GCSE DRAMA (Pearson Exam Board)

Students can choose to study GCSE Drama in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. They complete three components:

Curriculum and Assessment

Component 1 40% - Devising

• Students will work in a group to create and develop ideas to devise a piece of Drama

• Students will record the creative process that they go through to produce their piece of Drama. They will answer questions to analyse and evaluate their decisions as they go through the process and their final performance.

• They will produce a portfolio which can be made up of:

o   annotated photographs, drawings and sketches

o   annotations and notes

o   audio and or video evidence

o   written responses.

Component 2 20% - Text for Performance

• Students will interpret and explore a performance text, and perform two key extracts from it.

• Students can perform a monologue, or as part of a duologue or group.

• The group can also include up to one designer from each design role. The design roles are set, lighting, sound and costume.

Component 3 40% Theatre Makers in Practice

Section A: Students will practically explore a set text in order to be able to answer short and extended response questions. These questions will focus on decisions made as a performer, a director and a designer. An extract from the chosen set text will be provided in the exam paper

Section B: Two questions requiring students to evaluate a live theatre performance

• Students will be able to take notes in for Section B.

Y12-13 A-Level Drama & Theatre (Pearson Exam Board)

Drama & Theatre are offered in the Sixth Form. The course combines practical and theoretical studies about Drama & Theatre. The course has strong practical orientation, combined with written coursework and more theoretical study. Students need to be prepared for working in small and large groups in a co-operative manner, learning how to negotiate, share ideas and arrive at informed decisions. Students are encouraged to express personal opinions and engage in lively and challenging debates. Students will be expected to develop skills of self-discipline and organisation, as they have to produce student generated work, engage in research and attend rehearsals in their own time.

Component 1 - The Devising Process

Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform.

They will record the process in a portfolio.

Internally assessed and externally moderated

Component 2 - Text for Performance

Group performance from a performance text

Perform a monologue/duologue from a different text

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice

A Written Exam (2 hours 30 minutes)

Sec A: Live Theatre Evaluation - Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Sec B: Questions on a set text - Must be explored practically.

Sec C: Director’s interpretation - Interpretation of a text as a director.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Drama Enrichment and extra-curricular clubs is offered to all students throughout the year. In the Autumn Term there are weekly lunchtime opportunities. During the Spring Term Y7 VIBE Drama club work towards a performance for the Y6 Induction Day. Y8 Drama students participate in the Highly Sprung Physical Fellowship. Y9 Drama students work towards a Summer Production. Throughout the year there are also a variety of theatre trips and workshop opportunities with visiting artists and theatre companies.


Performance Faculty Subjects





Deeds not Words Poster 

Jeremiahs Story Poster Inside the Dolls House Poster

Duologues Poster

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