Drama

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Year 7

In Year 7, students learn the basics of Drama and Theatre by studying solo performance in the Autumn term with a focus on film monologues and a naturalistic style of acting. This aims to give students a grounding in acting technique and a knowledge of key vocabulary that will last them throughout their time in Ysgol Penglais. Later in the year, students will continue to work on their acting skills by studying improvisation – further developing their subject knowledge and technique by learning the art of being spontaneous. Finally, the summer term sees Year 7 study a complete play text, learning how to respond to live theatre and evaluate their own and others’ performances. This year may look slightly different due to Covid19 regulations around performing and practical work, but the department aims to keep lessons as practical and engaging as possible!

Module/Project title

Key assessment piece

Homework regularity

 Autumn

Solo Performance Project

1x prepared solo performance of a monologue from a film.

HWK is given at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with assessment pieces.

 Spring

Improvisation*

1x rehearsed improvisation based on a given title/stimulus.

HWK is given at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with assessment pieces.

 Summer

Text Study*

1x scripted performance of an extract from the play studied during the term.

HWK is given at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with assessment pieces.

*Projects are subject to change due to the ever changing situation surrounding Covid-19.

 

 

 

Year 8

In Year 8, students will begin by studying, and producing their own, Radio Dramas; developing and refining key skills learnt in Year 7 as well as learning new skills that will last them their time in Ysgol Penglais and beyond! Year 8 students will also learn to create their own performances, using Social Media as a stimulus and a spring pad for ideas. They will explore different styles of theatre throughout the Spring term and use these to develop their work. The summer term sees students study a full play text, which will allow them to enhance their characterisation skills and consider the design process used within theatre. Though Drama may look very different this year due to Covid19 regulations, the department will endeavour to make lessons as practical and engaging as possible!

Term

Module/Project title

Key assessment piece

Homework regularity

 Autumn

Radio Drama

1x performance of a short Radio Drama written in pairs.

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with the preparation for assessments.

 Spring

Text Study*

1x scripted performance of an extract from the play text studied over the term.

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with the preparation for assessments.

 Summer

Melodrama*

1x short performance of a Melodrama

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher and usually coincides with the preparation for assessments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Projects subject to change due to the ever-changing situation around Covid-19.

Year 9

As students prepare to choose their options in Year 9, the focus in Drama switches to the study of play texts and the decisions that are made by actors, designers and directors when creating and rehearsing theatre. Students will study different acting techniques, areas of design such as set and costume design as well as learn how to review and evaluate their own and others’ performances in a live theatre review. Whilst Drama may be slightly different this year, due to Covid19 regulations, the department will endeavour to make lessons as practical and engaging as possible.

Term

Module/Project title

Key assessment piece

Homework regularity

Autumn

Text Study:
Noughts and Crosses

A series of GCSE style exam questions totalling 20 marks that will include both short and long answer questions.

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher as and when it is needed and usually coincides with preparation for assessment.

 Spring

Devised Project:
Social Media

1x group devised project based on stimuli given by the class teacher around the topic of social media.

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher as and when it is needed and usually coincides with preparation for assessment.

 Summer

Design/Skills Workshops

Lighting
Sound
Costume/Hair/Make-Up
Puppetry
Stage Combat

There will be no assessed piece in the summer term.

HWK is set at the discretion of the class teacher as and when it is needed and usually coincides with preparation for assessment.

 

*Project titles may change depending on the ever-changing situation with Covid-19.

 

 

Year 10

WJEC GCSE Drama is made up of three individual units:

 

Unit 1 – Making Theatre – marked by Teacher and moderated by the WJEC

  • Pupils will work in groups of between 2 and 5 actors + designers to create a piece of theatre inspired by a stimulus set by the WJEC.
  • The performance must also be based on the working methods of one theatre practitioner or style of theatre.
  • Pupils will complete a portfolio of evidence over the rehearsal process that is no more than 900 words in length.
  • Pupils will also complete a written evaluation of the final performance piece under exam conditions over 90 minutes.

 

Unit 2 – Performing Theatre – externally assessed by the WJEC

  • Pupils will work in groups of between 2 and 4 actors + designers to realise a short segment of a scripted play.
  • Pupils will study two, ten minute extracts from the same play and cut the play text down so that the performance consists of two contrasting extracts lasting no more than 7-14 minutes depending on group sizes.
  • A Statement of Intent must be completed prior to the examination date by all pupils, whether acting or designing, that outlines their artistic intentions for the performance.

 

Unit 3 – Interpreting Theatre – externally assessed by the WJEC

  • This is a written exam split into two different sections. Section A (45 marks) is based on an extract from the set text (100 by theimaginarybody) and Section B (15 marks) is a Live Theatre Evaluation.

In Section A, pupils must answer ALL questions. In Section B, a choice of two questions will be given to pupils who must choose one to answer.

Course Outline

 

Weighting of Unit

Marks Available

Examination Period

Unit 1 –
Making Theatre

40%

60

EITHER

July

Year 10

OR

October – November Year 11

Unit 2 –
Performing Theatre

20%

60

January – May
Year 11

Unit 3 –
Interpreting Theatre

40%

60

May – June

Year 11

 

Year 10 Content

 

Content

Assessment

Summer 2 (Yr 9)

Theatre History

NA

Autumn

 

 

Practitioner/Style Study

·         Frantic Assembly (Physical Theatre)

·         Stanislavski (Naturalism)

·         Verbatim Theatre

Pupils will take part in a Devised Performance Project in small groups (2-4 actors + designers) which will be performed in the Emily Davies Studio at the University. Pupils will also complete a short portfolio of their work.

Spring 1

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

Set Text Study

·         100 by theimaginarybody

 

 

Live Theatre Evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practitioner/Style Study

·         Theatre in Education

Pupils will answer a series of short and long answer questions in a timed test.

 

 

Pupils will watch a (recorded as) live piece of theatre and write up their evaluation using a given exam question as guidance. The essay will be approx. 2 pages in length.

 

NA

Summer

 

 

UNIT 1 Preparation

Pupils will perform their Unit 1 Devised Theatre pieces under examination conditions.

 

Pupils will also complete their portfolio of evidence and their written evaluation of the final performance.

 

Year 11

WJEC GCSE Drama is made up of three individual units:

 

Unit 1 – Making Theatre – marked by Teacher and moderated by the WJEC

  • Pupils will work in groups of between 2 and 5 actors + designers to create a piece of theatre inspired by a stimulus set by the WJEC.
  • The performance must also be based on the working methods of one theatre practitioner or style of theatre.
  • Pupils will complete a portfolio of evidence over the rehearsal process that is no more than 900 words in length.
  • Pupils will also complete a written evaluation of the final performance piece under exam conditions over 90 minutes.

 

Unit 2 – Performing Theatre – externally assessed by the WJEC

  • Pupils will work in groups of between 2 and 4 actors + designers to realise a short segment of a scripted play.
  • Pupils will study two, ten-minute extracts from the same play and cut the play text down so that the performance consists of two contrasting extracts lasting no more than 7-14 minutes depending on group sizes.
  • A Statement of Intent must be completed prior to the examination date by all pupils, whether acting or designing, that outlines their artistic intentions for the performance.

 

Unit 3 – Interpreting Theatre – externally assessed by the WJEC

  • This is a written exam split into two different sections. Section A (45 marks) is based on an extract from the set text (100 by theimaginarybody) and Section B (15 marks) is a Live Theatre Evaluation.

In Section A, pupils must answer ALL questions. In Section B, a choice of two questions will be given to pupils who must choose one to answer.

 

Course Outline

 

Weighting of Unit

Marks Available

Examination Period

Unit 1 –
Making Theatre

40%

60

EITHER

July

Year 10

OR

October – November Year 11

Unit 2 –
Performing Theatre

20%

60

January – May
Year 11

Unit 3 –
Interpreting Theatre

40%

60

May – June

Year 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11 Content

 

Content

Assessment

Autumn

 

 

From Page to Stage

·         Analysing a text

·         Rehearsing a text

·         Creating a character

·         Performing a text

 

Revision for Unit 3 – 100

A short performance of one scene from a play text in pairs.

 

 

 

 

Mock Exam – December

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIT 2 – Performing Theatre

Visited by an external examiner somewhere between January and May of Year 11 for performances/design of two extracts from the same play. Usually done in pairs.

Summer 1

 

 

Final revision for Unit 3

·         Revision packs containing sample questions given out to pupils.

·         Redrafts of theatre evaluations completed

NA