Drama

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7Unit 1 - The Lion King
Concentrating on:
- Freeze Frames
- Facial Expressions
- Body Language
- Spatial Awareness
- Voice Projection
- Tone of Voice

Unit 2 - Darkwood Manor
Concentrating on:
- Basic Physical Theatre skills
- Group improvisation
- Narration
- Hot Seating
Year 8Unit 1 - Physical Theatre
Concentrating on:
- Types of Physical Theatre
- Non-naturalistic Role Play
- Sustaining a Role
- Devising from a stimulus

Unit 2 -A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Concentrating on:
- Freeze Frame
- Directorial Skills
- Production Skills
- Character Development
- Off Text Exercise
Year 9Unit 1 - World War 1
Concentrating on:
- Persuasive language
- Sustaining Character
- Hot Seating
- Forum Theatre

Unit 2 - Devising
Concentrating on:
- Creating work from a Stimulus
- Devising work incorporating performance and technical skills
- Turning work into a scripted piece

Unit 3 - Text in Practise
- Studying a set play in details
- Analysis of character
- Understanding lighting, sound and costume
- Understanding comedy and its use in multi roling
Year 10Unit 1 - Understanding Drama:

This is taught throughout the year and covers such things as:
- Types of performance
- Key drama skills
- Theatre practitioners
- Staging
- Rehearsal techniques
- Theatre roles

Knowledge and understanding is assessed in the written mock exam at the end of Year 10 followed by a written exam in Year 11.

Unit 2 - Devising Drama:
Students are given a range of stimuli in which to research, develop and create a piece. They are also expected to produce a log that outlines the process they took to the final production.

In Year 10, students are assessed on their final performance and devising log through a mock exam process.

Unit 3 - Text in Practise:
Students begin to study their set text “Noughts and Crosses”. As part of their study, they are also expected to perform 2 extracts from the play as a mock exam.

Students are assessed internally for all elements of the course in Year 10.
Year 11Unit 1 - Understanding Drama:
This is taught throughout the year and covers such things as:
- Types of performance
- Key drama skills
- Theatre practitioners
- Staging
- Rehearsal techniques
- Theatre roles

Knowledge and understanding is assessed in the written exam at the end of Year 11.

Unit 2 - Devising Drama:
Students are given a range of stimuli in which to research, develop and create a piece. They are also expected to produce a log that outlines the process they took to the final production.

Students are assessed on their final performance and devising log. This is internally marked and externally moderated.

Unit 3 - Text in Practise:
Students will return to the play “Noughts and Crosses” as part of the ongoing revision lessons.

They are also expected to perform 2 extracts from a contrasting play.

Students are assessed by a visiting examiner for their extract performances. Their understanding of the set play and knowledge and understanding of Drama is assessed in their written exam at the end of Year 11 .

The course content is weighted in the following ways:
- The Exam constitutes 40% of the GCSE. (Externally marked)
- The Devising Drama unit constitutes 40% of the GCSE. (Internally marked and externally moderated)
- The Text in Practise scripted performance constitutes 20% of the GCSE. (Externally marked)