In the Drama KS3 curriculum students will gain all of the key Drama skills that they would need if they were to pursue Drama as an option at GCSE.
Our focus in Drama runs along 3 strands: Firstly we help students gain confidence, develop their team working skills and refine their creative thinking. Secondly we will ensure that our curriculum sits alongside and compliments what the students will explore in their English studies. Thirdly we will focus our energy on the skill of performance.
The Year 7 curriculum will allow students to gain all of their Drama terminology to allow them to verbalise and respond to their own practice and that of their peers. We love the creativity and fun energy that Y7 have, so we use this to inspire our schemes of work. All texts and areas of study presented to Y7 will be age appropriate and centre on the notion of creativity through play.
The Year 8 curriculum will reflect the changing maturity levels and interests of students. Again the curriculum, like in Year 7, will complement the areas of study in the English Curriculum. In Year 8 students will continue to add to their existing Drama terminology, and begin exploring the work of Theatre Practitioners.
The Year 9 curriculum will begin to allow students to work in an increasingly independent way to develop their own work. The primary aim for this year is to get students ready for the expectations of the GCSE in Drama. In year 9 there is a strong focus on the inclusion of literacy and use of play texts to aid in our generation of Drama. Again, like in all other years in KS3, the curriculum will compliment your English studies.
KS4 GCSE Drama
In Y10 and Y11 students will follow the Welsh Board (WJEC) GCSE Drama Curriculum.
This course follows a 3 unit structure and aims to prepare students to follow on with their studies at College or Drama School.
Year 10 will give students a chance to experience all 3 units of study in preparation for the terminal year in Year 11.
The GCSE Drama year looks like this:
September until January – Students will undertake the task of creating their own unique piece of devised theatre. This will be accompanied by journal work to aid in the completion of a 1500 word controlled assessment.
January until April – Students will learn and rehearse a section of text from a published play. This will be performed to an audience in an examination environment.
February until May – Students will study a set play text in preparation for a written examination in the summer. This unit of study is practical based, to help you explore your answers to the written paper.