The Drama curriculum at Barlby, whilst equipping students to perform with excellence, also focuses on helping students to build essential key skills. These skills (creative thinking and expression, problem solving, empathy, communication, independent learning, leadership and working with others) help students to develop into young adults who will be increasingly effective in the modern world.
The Drama course at KS3 challenges students to consider other views and opinions about the world in which they live, exploring many social and global issues. This work is taught in a variety of ways using contemporary texts, devised work and creative games and exercises. The lessons strive to stretch and strengthen the physical and vocal capabilities of our students, as well as deepening their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of theatre and performance.
At KS4, students undertake the AQA GCSE Drama course (4240). The course aims to provide students with a solid foundation in creative, practical and performance skills. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of style, genre and social context and have numerous opportunities to attend live theatre events in the UK. Text and characterisation will be explored in class, rehearsal and performance. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, GCSE Drama provides a solid foundation for further Drama studies and vocational opportunities.
GCSE DRAMA (AQA)
|Unit 1: Written Paper||Unit 2: Practical Work|
|1 hour 30 minutes exam at end Yr1180 marks – 40%The written paper comprises 3 sections.
A – Practical work completed during the course
B – Study and performance of a scripted play
C – Study of a live theatre production seen
Students must answer Question 1 from Section A and choose one further question from either Section B or Section C.
Externally set and marked.
|Practical Work120 marks – 60%Students are required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options, each with a weighting of 30% (60 marks each)
1 – Process and understanding of skills development – 7.5%
2 – Final performance presentation – 22.5%
Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Practical Work – Controlled Assessment
1 Autumn Term Year 10 – Option 3 Improvisation
One Performance of “What a Genre!” to Year 7 at the end of term
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work evaluating vocal, movement and acting skills with the historical/social context of selected genre
2 Spring/Summer Term Year 10 – Option 2 Acting (Script)
Two Performances of ‘Blood Brothers’
One Evening performance to Parents/Carers and friends
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work evaluating the production process from initial concept to performance with performing script
3 Summer Term Year 10 – Option 3 Devised
One Performance of “Kindertransport” Theatre in Education
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work evaluating vocal, movement and acting skills
4 Autumn Term Year 11 – Option 3 Devised
One Performance of “Parenting – Young People V Adults”
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work exploring the creative process from rehearsal to performance for devising plays
5 Autumn/Spring Term Year 11 – Option 5 Physical Theatre
One performance of “The Colour Red” to a specified year group
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work evaluating vocal, movement and acting skills with devising plays
6 Spring/Summer Term Year 11 – Option 2 Acting (Script)
One Performance of a script to a specified year group for External Moderation
A rehearsal log to be completed alongside the practical work evaluating vocal, movement and acting skills with performing script
Useful websites / textbooks
As suggested by Edexcel – please do not feel obliged to purchase these books as some will be made available to students in school
www.bectu.co.uk – Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union
www.equity.org.uk – Equity
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage – National Theatre – Backstage
www.tmauk.org – Theatrical Management Association
www.rsc.org.uk/learning – Royal Shakespeare Company – Education
Jewers S, Carnaghan C, East R and Read J – Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Performing Arts Student Book (Pearson Education, 2010) ISBN 9780435026516
Turner J C – Voice and Speech in the Theatre (Methuen Drama, 2007) ISBN 9780713681888
Neelands J and Goode T – Structuring Drama Work, 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2000) ISBN 9780521787291
Shiach D – From Page to Performance: A Study Book for Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1987) ISBN 9780521337359
Additional study/rehearsal sessions
Students wishing to catch up on written portfolio work can attend after school sessions on Wednesdays in the Drama Studio. These sessions can also be used for additional rehearsals of practical work.
We offer many extra curricular performance opportunities including a KS3 Drama Club, Barlby’s Got Talent and school musicals, which have in recent years included the gangster musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.
Future career paths can be wide and varied for those who study drama as it gives confidence speaking in front of others and in the skills of performing so can include barrister, actor, teacher, stage manager, arts administrator, radio presenter, drama therapist, television production assistant and theatre director.