Our Curriculum

Drama

Subject Leader: Mrs C Chandler

 

Key Stage 4

RSL Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts 

Exam Board: RSL
Level of Qualification: 1 and 2

Course Overview

The Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Creative and Performing arts provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding within the sphere of the creative and performing arts. Learners will follow an acting pathway which will require them to complete two units. 

Unit 1: The first internal unit will require learners to perform scenes from two plays, one contemporary and one classical. Learners will also be required to complete coursework which is linked to the plays they have performed. Learners will be expected to demonstrate performance skills and understanding of the character, language and techniques used.

Unit 2: The second unit is an external unit which is set and marked by RSL. The assignment provides the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills learned throughout Years 9 and 10 in the creation of an original piece of drama accompanied by a written controlled assessment.

Assessment:  50% examination (performance and written), 50% coursework (performance and written).

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Pupils study drama as part of a carousel of subjects over 3 terms.

Unit 1: Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

This unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Bringing Stories to Life

This unit allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. Pupils will explore popular children’s stories from a drama perspective, building on prior, delete comma literacy-based knowledge.

Unit 3: Character

Through introducing pupils to various stimuli and techniques, they will learn skills needed to create different characters in performance.  Students will build on skills already learned and develop more intricate performance conventions to create different characters. Pupils will look at the use of characterisation skills and how these are used to engage the audience in the characters they create whilst building confidence and skills.

Unit 4: Myths and Legends

Through a number of well known myths and legends, students will be introduced to the concept of Physical Theatre and how this style can be used to make interesting and dynamic drama performances. Pupils will further develop their confidence and transferable skills while developing their skills and knowledge.

Unit 5: Shakespeare

Classical theatre is a compulsory component at examination level drama. Introducing it in year 7 will improve their understanding and performance when undertaking this. Pupils will have developed in their confidence and skills enough to feel more comfortable with what can be a daunting topic for some. We will look at characters, themes and issues alongside how these classical plays are still relevant in a modern society. 

Unit 6: Exploring Scripts

This unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’, building on their knowledge from Unit 1. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Year 8

Pupils study drama as part of a carousel of subjects over 3 terms.

Unit 1: Our Day Out

Building on knowledge and skills learned in Year 7, this unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Horror

Building on knowledge and skills learned in Year 7, this unit allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will be able to explore conventions which are used in theatre to create effective theatrical productions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 3: Page to Stage

Building on skills and knowledge of script, pupils will be introduced to more technical skills in lifting a piece of drama from page to stage. The techniques used are more detailed and intricate than in previously and we will be looking at varied stimuli and how we bring the information and stories to life through devising. Here pupils will develop important skills and knowledge in creating their own drama along with continuing to build confidence.

Unit 4: Comedy

Comedy is a difficult genre to master. Pupils will learn to understand this, how to use drama skills to create a piece of comedy and how different people will find different things humorous. Students will also be introduced to different styles of comedy. This unit is a learning experience for pupils as they realise that comedy is not about what the performer finds humorous and the technical skill involved in creating a piece. Opportunities to build confidence through this unit are plentiful.

Unit 5: Shakespeare

Developing and building on the Shakespeare unit studied in Year 7, students will begin to use more of the language and explore more themes in creating work independently as well as a whole group. This is to ensure progress towards examination Drama and use skills learned in previous units, such as Horror, to create work. Pupils will gain more confidence in the use of language and performing which will benefit other subjects in addition to drama.

Unit 6: Exploring Scripts

Building on Knowledge and skills learned in Year 7 and in the first unit of Year 8, this unit allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Year 9

Unit 1: Popular Culture

This unit will take a closer look at soaps and reality television amongst others, how they reflect / influence our society and explore to what extent this is positive or negative. Students will look at the style of Naturalism and call upon their own experiences in devising their own work. We will also look at current issues that can influence writers, directors and producers. 

Unit 2: Different Styles of Drama

Introducing pupils to different styles of drama opens their minds to different ways of performing. Students will explore Naturalism (Stanislavski) and Non Naturalism (Brecht) through both scripted and devising work and will begin to notice that certain styles may be more appropriate for different themes, issues or audiences. Students are also encouraged to feedback in more depth using subject specific terminology.

Unit 3: Themes and Issues

Through this unit, pupils will look at themes and issues which arise though different stimuli, relevant to the world we live in. Students will learn techniques and skills which will be used in bringing them to life to highlight to a wider audience. Students will also consider target audiences and how this is paramount in creating a piece of drama. 

Unit 4: Shakespeare

Building on the Shakespeare units in Years 7 and 8, students will develop their skills in preparation for exam units in Year 10, should they choose Drama as an option. We will look at a selection of Shakespeare’s plays and look at themes, language, scenes, script, characters and devices. Pupils will have developed more confidence with Shakespeare and be able to use skills developed from previous units to inform their work.

Unit 5: Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers is a well known play which pupils will also study in KS4, should the choode Drama as an option. It is important that students have prior knowledge of this play with it not being too far away to remember. Students will look at the various devices and techniques used, character, style, themes and script extracts. This will pave the way for future work in Year 10 making for better quality work and excellent progress.

Unit 6: Acting for Film and TV

At the end of Year 9, this unit gives students a chance to explore the challenges of making film and TV compared to the challenges of theatre, culminating in a creating a filmed piece of their own. We will use knowledge built in year 9 of themes and issues, target audience, character building, devices and techniques in the creation of this and students will learn more about job roles

Year 10 RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts

Term 1 and 2: Voice and Physicality

In preparation for an assessed unit, pupils will look at how we can lift characters from the page to the stage, building on knowledge from previous terms. Voice and physicality will play a factor in their progress and development and this will be covered through acting workshops and performance extracts. Students will demonstrate their use of voice and physicality through two contrasting pieces. Through this they will demonstrate how they bring the characters to life and understand how they have achieved this through voice and physicality. 

Term 3 and 4: Scripted Contemporary Unit

Pupils will begin to rehearse and perform their contemporary text using all the skills they have built over the terms. An important thought for both performance and coursework is, how the playwright communicates the character through their use of language. This will drive both progress and understanding in their rehearsals and aid them to give deeper answers in coursework. Through their performances and study of the contemporary text, pupils will be able to articulate and write about how characters are communicated through the spoken lines. Their understanding will also be demonstrated through their performance of the character in terms of vocal work. 

Term 5 and 6: Scripted Classical Unit

Pupils will begin to rehearse and perform their classical text using all the skills they have built over the terms. An important thought for both performance and coursework is, how the playwright communicates the character through their use of language. This will drive both progress and understanding in their rehearsals and aid them to give deeper answers in coursework. Through their performances and study of the classical text, pupils will be able to articulate and write how characters are communicated through the spoken lines. Their understanding will also be demonstrated through their performance of the character in terms of vocal work.

Year 11 RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts

Terms 1 and 2: Preparation for Live Performance

An introduction to the technicalities of devising. This unit focuses on a number of different stimuli and the steps students need to take from seeing the stimulus to creating the final performance. Pupils are encouraged to use techniques and styles learned in previous units in the creation of their pieces and realise the importance of understanding their target audience. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in conjunction with practitioners, styles and conventions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. This scheme of work will form a large learning curve in the maturity and quality of the pupils’ work.

Terms 3 to 5: Live Performance (External Unit)

This is the final component in the qualification where pupils will work through an external paper both practically and through written work. They will work in groups to culminate their skills in a devised live performance alongside controlled, written assessments. The pupils will need to research and develop ideas both individually and with their group.
 

Term 6: Course completion

 

Useful Information

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Christmas Show
  • Summer Show
  • Shakesfest
  • Weekly OSL for Years 10 and 11 on Fridays 3pm-4pm