Head of Department: Miss Matthews

Drama is compulsory for Year 7- Year 9 and an option for GCSE students in Year 10- Year11. 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.

We endeavour to help students increase their self-esteem and confidence, whilst developing their analytical and evaluative skills providing feedback in a constructive way.

 

The drama departmental power standards are:

1 Sustained use of Vocal Skills to communicate your character’s emotions  (A02)

2 Sustained use of Physical Skills to communicate your character's intentions in the performance (A02)

3 Use a range of drama techniques to create, develop and refine your communication of Intent for the audience. (A01)

4 Use of style, genre and context to develop coherent and creative explorations of the material. (A03)

5 Use of analytical and evaluative terminology, embedding specific drama terminology in feedback both orally and written. (A04)

Key Stage 3 curriculum

 

Year 7:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Introduction to Drama - 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. Students build their knowledge of communicating coherent characters and stories with the audience, while building their confidence of performing in general.

Practical Assessment: Creating a devised horror performance using physical and vocal skills.

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

 

Term

2

Greek Theatre - 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

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

Term

3

Commedia Dell'arte - 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.

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

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 develop melodramatic characters in response to a fictional tale. Students will learn about exaggerated performance style and how music can enhance drama.

Practical Assessment:

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

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

 

Term 2

Elizabethan - Students will study different extracts from Shakespeare plays, using various drama techniques to creatively stage significant key moments in well-known plays. Students will learn to work with different skills such as stage combat and incorporate masked characters into performances. Students will learn about the connection between Shakespeare’s plays and how they are the basis for modernised theatre.

Practical Assessment: Students will develop a creative interpretation of Bernado’s death in West Side Story.

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

 

Term3

Devising Modern Scripts - 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.

Practical Assessment:

Students will devise their own performance based on the play Comical Animations

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

Year 9:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Stanislavski and DNA- Learning about the style developed by the practitioner Stanislavski, students begin to create realistic performances. Students will complete a rehearsed reading of DNA, the text studied at GCSE, and have opportunities to stage scripted extracts, looking at character objectives.

Practical Assessment:

Practical performance of a realistic scene from DNA

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

Term 2

20th Century Text- Students explore, analyse and stage the play ‘Selfie’. Students consider all aspects of their performance, performing monologues and duologues from the play. Students evaluate how they can use facts and assumptions, objectives and tactics to develop appropriate and sustainable characteristics.

Practical Assessment - Students will develop their own extract, based on a monologue and duologue from the play Selfie

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

Term3

MINI GCSE DEVISING UNIT - Students are introduced to the GCSE Component 1, where they will have to develop and create a performance based on someone in history. Students work collectively to remain open minded and devise performances with their peers, creatively using a range of physical and vocal skills.

Practical Assessment - Students will perform a monologue with a group setting based on their stimuli.

Theory Assessment

Terminology Quiz

Key stage 4 curriculum

 

In Key Stage 4, students are exposed to a more intense and rigorous 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 Edexcel 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

 

Live Theatre Analysis and Evaluation based on Old Vic Live Theatre Performances

Practical exam

Using a stimuli students devise a performance using a range of drama techniques for the Black History Month Concert

 

Written exam

A written evaluation about the devised performance.

Section B Live Theatre Evaluation

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.

 

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.

 

Practical exam

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

 

Written exam

A written exam on Section A

 

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.

Practical exam

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

 

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

 

Written exam

Section A and B C3 exam

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

Section A and B C3 exam

Term3

   

 

Feedback

 

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

  1. One to one verbal feedback with individual students
  2. Whole class verbal feedback
  3. Group verbal feedback
  4. 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

Throughout the year students have opportunities to work with external professionals. In 2018-2019 students worked with the DONMAR WAREHOUSE to develop their knowledge of theatre and experience creating their own 15 minute piece of drama which was performed in front of a live audience. In 2019-2020 the Drama Department joined The Old Vic Schools Club and experienced workshops with professionals each term, as well as seeing three live performances at the theatre over the course of the year. This will continue with Year 10 in 2020-2021. We have recently teamed up with the South London Theatre in Norwood, where students in KS4 tour the theatre and find out about its history, prior to rehearsing and performing their GCSE exams in front of a live audience. They work alongside theatre professionals to complete a technical and dress rehearsal prior to their examination performances.

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

 

DDD:

  • 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

 

All

School production rehearsals

Tuesday

All

 

Year 10/11

KS4 Intervention

Wednesday

       

Thursday

KS3

Drama club

All

Street Dance

Friday

All

 

All

School production rehearsals