Drama is taught weekly to all pupils in KS3, with the option to specialise with three weekly lessons at KS4 and 5 lessons at KS5.
In KS3 we aim to cater to the talented and to those less outgoing pupils. It is in this way that this highly practical and creative subject may enable all pupils, irrespective of ability, to grow in expressiveness and confidence. In KS4 & 5 pupils engage in the entire range of theatre practice, whilst reflecting thoroughly on their work.
Year 7 – Topics Taught: The Foundation Skills of Drama
Stage Directions and Stage Sense: Oliver Twist as stimulus
Content and Style: “The Winslow Boy” extract as stimulus.
Exploring issues and themes & devising scenes based on a narrative: “The Terrible Fate Of Humpty Dumpty” as stimulus.
Techniques of persuasion
Year 8 – Topics Taught: Committment to Character
Scripted drama; “The Interview” Social context & script analysis
Scripted drama: “Framed” Analyzing the characters’ objectives.
Devised Practical Performance: Structuring a play based on a teacher stimulus.
Devised Practical Performance: Poetry as stimulus Analyse “Seven Ages of Man” speech and multi-role a performance.
Year 9 – Topics Taught: Interpreting, Shaping & Structuring Drama
Situation Comedy: “Hearing Aid Sketch” Introducing volume/tone/enunciation
Social Issue Drama “Stone Cold”
Commedia Dell'arte: Physical comedy Exploring and improvising on the stock characters of Commedia.
Public Speaking techniques of persuasion; Speech structure & rhetorical devices; Speech writing
Learning a speech with prompts
Method of Assessment at KS3:
Pupils are assessed according to NC guidelines. A highly able pupil should be reaching 5b to 5a at the end of year 7, with steady progress to level 7-8 at the end of year 9. Peer assessment is also embedded in lessons as a means to develop skills in reflection.
Year 10 – Topics Taught: Devised (Unit 1) & Scripted (Unit 2) Practical Performance
The Epic Theatre of Bertolt Brecht
|Action narration||Alter ego||Back story||Chorus/chorus work||Collage|
|Communal voice||Conscience corridor||Flashback||Forum theatre|
|Narrator||Ranking||Role reversal||Role transfer||Sculpting||Soundscape|
|Split screen||Tableau(x)||Thoughts in the head or
|Transporting a character|
Year 11 – Topics Taught: The Conventions of Theatre through the Study of a Set Text (Unit 3)
|Composite setting||Dance drama||Devising/devised work||Dramatic irony|
|Dramatic tension||Fourth wall||Monologues||Naturalism||Physical theatre|
|Promenade staging||Proscenium stage||Realism||Subtext|
|Suspension of disbelief||Theatre in Education (TIE)||Theatre-in-the-round||Thrust staging|
Method of Assessment at KS4 (include Exam boards and weightings)
We deliver the WJEC specification, for whom Mr. Turiansky is an experienced moderator and examiner.
Weightings for GCSE DRAMA
|Devised Practical Performance:||40%|
|Devised Written Report:||20%|
|Performance from a Script:||20%|
|Final Set Text Written Examination:||20%|
Year 12 & Year 13 – Topics Taught
In KS5 we aim to deliver either the Performing Arts BTEC to those pupils seeking a vocational path, or the AS/A2 Drama specification for those more academically inclined.
How to support your child’s learning at home
Whilst there is a written element in Drama, a pupil will often be acting from a script that needs to be learned. A learning homework is therefore not an easy option: pupils need to be fully prepared so that they can take fullest advantage of the lesson time, therefore please make sure your children know their lines.
BBC Bitesize offers a great deal of information on the practical and reflective sides of Drama.