Why is Drama studied at KS3?
1) To develop social skills. These include confidence, communication, listening and team-work.
2) Drama is an art form. Students learn about the development of theatre throughout history. They also explore performance skills, such as character development, the use of voice and movement, and presenting a story to an audience.
3) As a tool for exploring other areas of the curriculum. Drama is an excellent way of experiencing life from another person’s viewpoint. Students are able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, in units such as ‘Exploring Chinese History,’ and ‘Max,’ which explores the issue of bullying.
Students are able to choose from two courses at KS4.
|Edexcel GCSE in Drama – www.edexcel.com
|Edexcel BTEC extended certificate in Performing Arts – Acting – www.edexcel.com|
|The course teaches students how Drama forms and techniques can be used to deepen their understanding of a range of issues, topics and themes. They also explore a play text in detail, and participate in a scripted or devised performance at the end of year 11.||The course focuses on placing students in a work-based situation, as they become part of the Caister BTEC Theatre Company. Students will develop skills in creating, performing and evaluating, and will perform in a number of devised and scripted plays throughout the two years.|
|Students complete three Units:
Drama Exploration – Using Drama forms, students deepen their knowledge and understanding of an idea or issue and how to communicate this understanding through the medium of Drama.
Exploring Play Texts – Students will explore a complete play. This unit gives knowledge and understanding of the ways in which playwrights, performers, directors and designers use the medium of Drama to communicate their ideas to an audience.
Drama Performance – This unit is concerned with the skills required in Drama to perform work to an audience. Students will demonstrate their skills as performers or technicians using appropriate material as a stimulus for performance.
|Students complete three Units:
Acting Skills & Techniques – developing technical skills in the use of voice and movement, characterisation, and communicating with an audience.
Devising Plays – Students explore a range of forms and techniques which enable them to create and perform in their own plays.
Performing Scripted Plays – This unit focuses on preparing a scripted play for performance. Students are cast a role, engage in the rehearsal process and then perform the play to an audience.
|Students are assessed in 2 x 6hr workshops, for units 1 & 2, Drama Exploration and Exploring Play Texts. Students then produce a Documentary Response to the workshops, which are written under controlled conditions. These 2 units make up 60% of the overall grade.
For unit 3, students have 3 options: they can devise and perform in a piece of original theatre, rehearse and perform in a scripted piece, or offer performance support (eg. set design, costumes, etc.) This is assessed by an external examiner, and makes up the remaining 40% of the overall grade.
|Students are continually assessed throughout the course, and therefore good attendance is essential. They are assessed several times across each unit, through a variety of performances they will create and in which they will perform. Written evidence of the process of creating and rehearsing plays, as well as written evaluations are also required, and make up part of the assessment.|