Students enjoy being creative and Drama certainly stimulates their creative genius as they are actively encouraged to engage in a range of stimuli to create and present Drama.
Assessment at Key Stage 3 covers 4 areas: Group Work, Making, Performing and Responding. Students are recognised for the different skills they can offer in the development of a performance as well as how it is presented to and audience and evaluated.
At Key Stage 3:
Text as Stimulus Bullying Thematic Script – Choices
Thematic Script –Truancy
‘The Gate Escape’ ‘The Gate Escape’ continued ‘Macbeth’
‘Our Day Out’
‘Our Day Out’ continued
At Key Stage 4 (which now includes students in Year 9) students are encouraged to opt to study Performing Arts in greater depth.
GCSE Performing Arts explores a range of performance disciplines including acting, singing, dancing, music, lighting, costume, make up, masks, puppets and theatre management, as well as visit theatres and local colleges to gain experience first hand both on the stage and beyond. Students experience all disciplines during unit 1 before choosing a specialist area as their focus in unit 2.
Presentation of skill development is evidenced through practical application and in a portfolio of evidence, this leads to the final showcase performance as a production company presenting to the external moderator.
Unit 1: Skills development
At Key Stage 4:
70 marks – 60%
Unit 2: Showcase performance
•Externally set brief – internally marked
60 marks – 40%
At Key Stage 4
Unit 1 Skills
Unit 1 Skills
Theatre in Education Unit 2 Showcase Research and Development
Unit 2 Showcase Rehearsal and Moderation Performance
Unit 1 Portfolio Completion
Students in all Years are invited to become involved in variety shows and school productions, whether their interest lies in performance, backstage or front of house.
Drama allows each individual to develop practical talent in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere both within the curriculum and in out of hours learning.
At Key Stage 3 students will work on a project based topic related the area of study during the half term as well as evaluating and self assessing their own progress at the end of each unit. Students may also be required to organise rehearsal either in school or at home for upcoming performance assessments.
Homework is marked on their ability to show understanding of the Drama skills developed during the unit of work and an awareness of their own progression and ability to understand future targets in both group work and performance.
At GCSE level, students are expected to develop evidence for their Unit 1 portfolio. This is self assessed, peer assessed and teacher feedback given to improve quality in order to develop portfolio standard at the end of each topic of work.
The portfolios are designed to show progression in planning and research, practical activities, contextual understanding of work-related aspects and evaluation of own and others’ work.
Alongside portfolio development, students are expected to organise rehearsals for unit 1 and 2 performances as well as taking interest in the performing arts industry through viewing live theatre/music/dance performance to stimulate creative thinking in the classroom.