Approach to Teaching
All pupils at KS3 receive Drama lessons as part of their weekly timetable and it is becoming a popular choice for pupils at KS4. Drama lessons at St Edmunds are predominantly practical and encourage pupils to be imaginative and creative independent learners. The teaching and learning that takes place encourages self-esteem and self-confidence and develops skills that are transferrable across the rest of the curriculum. As well as performing, pupils learn how to successfully evaluate drama, both verbally and in written form, enabling them to constructively provide support and guidance to others.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
At KS3, lessons focus on teaching pupils the skills and techniques required for success at KS4. From Year 7 onwards, pupils will have the opportunity to work as both a performer and a director. They will study a variety of different scripts, both modern and classical, and learn how they transfer from page-to-stage. They will also have the opportunity to devise their own performances in a range of different styles and genres.
KS3 Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Units:
Basic Skills, Pantomime, The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Greek Theatre/Chorus, Mask & Mime.
Year 8 Units:
Status, Melodrama, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Horror, Bouncers and Shakers by John Godber, Commedia dell’Arte.
Year 9 Units:
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, Devising Drama, Text Taster.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
Exam board: AQA GCSE (8261)
Written Examination: 40%
Coursework (practical and written): 60%
This course is made up of three components:
Component 1: Understanding Drama (40%)
This is a written exam that takes place at the end of Year 11 and is externally marked by AQA. The exam is 1hour 45minutes in length and assesses the following areas:
Section 1: Understanding of theatre roles and terminology.
Section 2: Study of a set text.
Section 3: Evaluation of a live theatre production.
Component 2: Devising Drama (40%)
This component involves pupils working in groups to devise their own Drama performance from a given stimulus. In addition, they will complete an individual devising log that documents the devising process. This component is internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA.
Component 3: Texts in Practice (20%)
For this component pupils will study two extracts from a play that contrasts to the one studied for component 1. Pupils will present either a monologue, duologue or group performance of sections taken from both of these extracts to an external examiner towards the end of Year 11. For this component pupils are assessed entirely on their practical performance skills.