Drama

Head of Department: Miss Matthews

 

Drama is compulsory for Year 7-9 and an option for GCSE students in Year 10-11. The Department has its very own black box studio, as well as the Main Hall which transfers into our professional theatre, with a stage, curtains and lights for in-house performances and school productions.

At AGFS, Drama plays an essential role in shaping a student’s understanding of their personal, social and cultural identity. As a Department, we aim to provide students with a safe environment in which they can confidently express themselves and develop skills that are often transferable to other subjects. We strive to nurture and explore the creativity of all our students, challenging them to learn valuable skills in self-awareness, communication and teamwork.

Key Stage 3 curriculum

We work hard to ensure the Drama curriculum is fun, interactive, rewarding and satisfying, with inspiring staff that encourage students to work beyond their perceived boundaries and achieve in all aspects of the subject.

The Department offers a 5 year curriculum map that delivers the foundations of drama in Key Stage 3, with lessons being practical-based. Students develop vocal and physical skills that enable them to take on a character when on stage. They are encouraged to have commitment, imagination and openness, as they explore scripts, improvise moments and devise performances. The foundation learnt in Key stage 3 is Key to success in this subject at Key stage 4.

 

Year 7:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Darkwood Manor - Students are introduced to drama and spend the first few lessons working together as a team, and learning the basic vocal and physical skills. Students are led through workshop styled lessons building characters and a storyline based on a haunted mansion - Darkwood Manor. Practical Assessment: Creating a devised horror performance using physical and vocal skills
Term 2 Myths & Legends - Students continue to develop their new found knowledge of vocal and physical skills, focusing on how to communicate with the audience. Students will use different theatrical devices to explore small extracts from various myths and legends. Practical Assessment:

A devised performance of a myth or legend focusing on successfully communicating a story

Term3 Our Day Out - Students will bring to life a scene from Willy Russell’s play ‘Our Day Out’. Students will consider different aspects of vocal and physical skills that can develop their character, experiencing writing monologues and playing their character in different scenarios to develop their understanding of their character. Students will also consider location, set and costume when performing their extract.

 

Written Exam:

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of vocal and physical skills, drama terminology, and their development of character. Students will evaluate their performance as their character responding to a series of questions.

 

Year 8:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Melodrama and Pantomime - Students will be introduced to genre, in particular, slapstick comedy, melodrama and Pantomime. Students will apply their new found knowledge to create and developing melodramatic characters in response to a fictional tale. Students will learn about exaggerated performance style and how music can enhance drama. Practical Assessment:

Students to apply the style of melodrama to a pantomime script that they must learn off by heart.

Term 2 Comical Animations - Students will rehearse and perform a fun duologue, developing vocal and physical skills. They will be given a mini script with two characters, one human and one object, and are encouraged to use their creativity to consider physicality, character movement, and the relationship between the two different characters, making their own version. Written Exam :

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of vocal and physical skills, drama terminology, and their development of character. Students will evaluate and analyse their performance.

Term3 Somebody's Mother - Students will be provided with the stimuli of the poem ‘Somebody’s Mother. They will learn how to improvise from an image, word, object and begin to understand the three concepts of devising - creation, development and refinement. Practical Assessment:

Students will devise their own performance based from the stimuli of Somebody’s mother

 

 

Year 9:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Physicality and Mask work - Students will explore how to mime confidently and accurately with the use of masks. They will have the opportunity to perform as a solo artist, in pairs and in small groups to bring to life different characters with a focus on developing physicality. To incorporate vocal skills, students will have opportunities to improvise scenes involving a non-masked character and a masked character. Practical Assessment:

Creating a character using masks and communicating a clear story

 

Written exam:

Evaluating a performance

Term 2 Stanislavski - learning about the style of naturalism and important techniques developed by the practitioner Stanislavski. Students will have opportunities to create scripted extracts, looking at character objectives. Practical Assessment:

Practical performance of a realistic scene, portraying realistic emotions and responses.

Term3 Selfie - using Stanislavski’s technique students explore, analyse and stage the play ‘Selfie’ Practical Assessment - Students will perform a monologue and duologue from the play Selfie

 

KS3 Revision

In Drama students will be given one period of rehearsal before their performance exam. Students are advised to spend a lunchtime or after school rehearsing with their group in preparation for their exam. If students are taking a scripted exam it is compulsory that they learn the script to allow them to do their very best in the exam. The sooner they learn the script the further they will be able to develop their characterisation.

Students will be given revision sheets to help them revise for their written drama exams. Students are expected to complete the revision guide before the exam. Students will also participate in guided revision sessions in class time.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

In Key Stage 4, students are exposed to a more intense and vigorous training, learning about practitioners and specific drama techniques in order to devise their own piece of theatre, bring scripted- characters to life on stage, and analyse live performances. Lessons include both practical and written elements, focusing on students evaluating their own work and the work of others, in preparation for the written aspects of the GCSE course.

 

Year 10:

 

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Introduction to devising - Experimenting with a variety of drama techniques and using a range of stimuli to devise drama

 

Frantic Assembly - Learning about the theatre company Frantic Assembly and learning about their building blocks to create a physical theatre inspired performance

Practical exam

Using a stimuli students devise a performance using a range of drama techniques and Frantic Assembly’s building blocks.

 

Written exam

A written evaluation about the devised performance

Term 2 Component 1 (40%) Devising - Devising and performing a unique and original piece of theatre for an audience. Students keep a devising diary to document the process.

 

Practical exam

A group devised performance using costume, lights and sound performed to an audience (worth 10%)

 

Term3 Component 1 (40%) Devising - Devising and performing a unique and original piece of theatre for an audience. Students keep a devising diary to document the process.

 

Component 3 (40%) - Students analyse and stage a variety of scenes from the play DNA by Dennis Kelly and learn about structure the responses to the questions in their written exam.

Written exam

2000 word written document which evaluates the devising process of Component 1 (worth 30%)

 

Year 11:

 

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Component 2 (20%) scripted - Students work on a scripted performance which will be performed to an external examiner

 

Component 3 (40%) written exam  - evaluation of a live theatre performance

Practical exam

Scripted exam to an audience and examiner

Term 2 Component 3 (40%) written exam  - Students analyse and stage a variety of scenes from the play DNA by Dennis Kelly, focusing on how best to write about the characters.

 

Component 3 (40%) written exam  - evaluation of a live theatre performance

Written exam

Written exam based on the play DNA by Dennis Kelly and evaluation of a live theatre production (TBC)

Term3    

 

KS4 Revision

Performance exams:

  • Students will be required to rehearse in groups during lunchtimes and after school in preparation for performance exams.
  • Students rehearse their lines, monologue or dialogue at home focusing on all vocal and physical skills required for a performance.
  • Student learn scripted lines and practice this with someone reading in the script
  • Students use revision guides to revise key terminology, skills and knowledge
  • Students will be given revision resources to use at different points throughout the year
  • It is advised that students re-read the play text DNA each term, which they must use when revising for their written exams.

 

Feedback

In Key Stage 3 and 4 students will receive feedback in Drama verbally every lesson. We do this in four ways:

  • One to one verbal feedback with individual students
  • Whole class verbal feedback
  • Group verbal feedback
  • Peer verbal feedback

 

Each Key Stage 3 class will receive written feedback at the end of each term after their termly assessment. Year 10 and 11 GCSE students will receive feedback every 5 or 6 lessons which they will then respond to by refining their work. This could be feedback on written or practical work.

Ambition and Careers

 

Drama teaches students key employability skills required in every industry. Students are taught to work collaboratively, solve problems, think creatively, speak in front of large audiences, as well as many other skills. Drama links and supports other subjects such as English, History, Religious Studies and Classics. Many universities value highly a GCSE and/or A Level in Drama. Different careers in Drama can include:

 

  • Actor
  • Community arts worker
  • Teacher
  • Drama therapist
  • Director
  • Artistic director
  • Set designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Stage manager
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Costume designer
  • Makeup artist

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

 

DDD:

 

  • Year 7 attend a theatre trip to see a performance in the West End
  • Year 10 & 11 GCSE students take part in a workshop with a professional actor
  • Year 10 & 11 will watch a variety of plays throughout the GCSE course

 

Students are encouraged to audition for concerts and performance evenings, where they will have the opportunity to create their own pieces of drama, help write scripts or learn dialogue in order to bring performances together. Students that choose the School Musical as part of their Enrichment also get opportunities to meet West End professionals.

 

Please see the Drama co-curricular timetable below:

 

Day Year group Lunchtime Year group After School until 5pm.
Monday All Technical Theatre club All School production rehearsals

 

Tuesday All   Yr10 & 11 School production rehearsals

 

Wednesday All   All KS4 Rehearsal Opportunity
Thursday Yr7 & Yr8

ALL

Drama club

 

Technical Theatre club

All KS4 Rehearsal Opportunity
Friday All   All School production rehearsals

Street Dance Crew