Welcome to the Drama Department at Churchdown School
The Drama Department aims to offer all Churchdown School Academy’s Drama students the opportunity to develop a range of drama skills necessary for them to perform to a high standard as well as to familiarise them with skills relevant for pupils to achieve within all aspects of their education, such as: communication, co-operation, speaking and listening and, most importantly, confidence. At the same time, we aim to foster a love of Drama and Theatre Studies and a genuine interest in a variety of performance styles: both scripted and non-scripted.
Drama in Key Stage 3 intends to develop thinking, speaking and listening, reading, writing and critical analysis, plus evaluation through imaginative and focused engagement.Key Stage 3 Drama teachers promote individual self–confidence, encourages and praises social co-operation and develops creativity. Each tutor groups in Key Stage 3 has Drama twice a fortnight. These lessons are 50 minutes and are usually in the Drama Studio, Drama Room or in the Main Hall. Teachers of Key Stage 3 Drama are Mrs Paget-Marsh, Mrs Sian Shirlaw and Miss Rachael Hicks.
All Drama lessons in Key Stage are based on the following modes of activity:
PREPARATION (or work in progress)
Preparation involves working with others to shape ideas into actions and explore the conventions and techniques of drama with increasing confidence.
Skills explored include:
Performance refers to the work of a class or group as they explore, prepare and share ideas through enactment.
Key aspects of performance are: Sustaining a role / or roles, Using particular performance styles, Interpreting a particular role, Communicating to an audience, Developing the use of voice, gesture, movement, timing and space, Working cooperatively with others
Evaluating Drama involves pupils in reflecting on their own experience of drama. Responses are usually spoken and sometimes written. We aim to introduce more self-assessment within lessons alongside developing time spent on peer assessment.
Term 1 – Introduction to Drama Skills
Term 2 – Character development based on the story of ‘Darkwood Manor’
Term 3 - Creation of an advert and an episode of Blue Peter
Term 4 – Script work based around ‘Harry Potter’ and Roald Dahl ‘Boy’
Term 5 - Evacuation
Term 6 - Shakespeare
Term 1 – Commedia Dell’Arte
Term 2 – Gangs and Street Crime
Term 3 – Being Different
Term 4 – Script – “The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty”
Term 5 & Term 6 – The Hunger Games
Term 1 – Physical Theatre – Alice in Wonderland
Term 2 – Social Media
Term 3 & Term 4 – Script work – “Mugged”
Term 5 & Term 6 – The London Riots
Qualification at a glance Content and assessment overview
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Drama consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.
Component 1: Devising - Coursework 40% of the qualification - Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus.
• Performer or designer routes available.
• Internally assessed and externally moderated.
• There are two parts to the assessment:
1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process - can be handwritten/typed evidence between 1500–2000 words
2) a devised performance/design realisation.
Component 2: Performance from Text - Coursework 20% of the qualification –
• Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.
• Performer or designer routes available.
• Externally assessed by visiting examiner.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice- Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes - 40% of the qualification -
• Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.
• Live theatre evaluation –
Assessment overview Section A: Bringing Texts to Life - This section consists of one question broken into six parts based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.
Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation - This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.
THE GCSE DRAMA COURSE WILL SUIT YOU IF:
YOU LOVE DRAMA
YOU HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO WORK AS PART OF ANY GROUP
YOU ARE WILLING TO EXPERIMENT WITH A RANGE OF DRAMA ACTIVITIES
YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING AN ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE PIECE
YOU ENJOY READING AND EXPLORING TEXTS
YOU ARE ABLE TO STAND UP IN FRONT OF YOUR CLASS AND ACT
YOU ARE CONTENT TO PREPARE FOR A WRITTEN EXAM
YOU MUST ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS COURSE CONTAINS WRITTEN WORK (INCLUDING A WRITTEN EXAMINATION) ALONGSIDE PRACTICAL WORK.
What does the course include?
Component 1: Devising -Coursework 40% of the qualification
? Devise an original performance piece.
? Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. ?
? Performer or designer routes available.
? Internally assessed and externally moderated.
? There are two parts to the assessment:
2) the devised performance/design realisation
Component 2: Text in Performance - Coursework 20% of the qualification
? A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
? A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
? Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of the qualification
? Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
? Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
? Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.
Assessment overview Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
? Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. -Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
? Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
? Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance - Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer. ? Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text
? Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text
? Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
? Students will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.
? Students must take in clean copies of their performance texts for this section, but no other printed materials.
Why is the course right for me?
THE A LEVEL DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES COURSE WILL SUIT YOU IF:
* YOU ARE PRACTICAL, CREATIVE AND COMMUNICATIVE
* YOU HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO WORK AS PART OF ANY GROUP
* YOU ENJOY READING AND EXPLORING TEXTS
* YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING AN ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE PIECE
* YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STUDYING PLAYWRIGHTS AND PRACTITIONERS
* YOU WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THE THEATRE
YOU ARE CONTENT TO PREPARE FOR A WRITTEN EXAM
HOUSE DRAMA STAR OF THE TERM
All pupils have the potential to be named as one of the ‘House Drama Stars of the Term’ as teachers choose at least one pupil per Drama class who have been outstanding in their Drama lessons. Pupils who receive this reward are sent a letter or postcard home, a cause for praise and their names are displayed on the wall of the Drama Studio and Drama Room.
Extra rewards are given to GCSE pupils (GCSE Drama Stars) who have been working exceptionally hard at any given time.
Awards and Drama Colours (ties) are given out to named pupils on Achievements Evening.
Churchdown School Drama Department is proud to work alongside the Music Department to organise the annual whole school production which involves pupils from Yr 7 to 13. Every pupil who auditions gets a role and, due to the high numbers who audition, we have regularly had to have two casts. An average of 60 pupils are involved on stage while off stage we have many pupils involved in lighting, set design, costume, make up backstage, front of house and refreshments. A dress rehearsal is performed in front of local Primary Schools. Rehearsals take place most lunch times and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Drama Studio. The final performances take place in the Hall in front of approximately 200 people per night.
Past Productions include:
2017 - Grease
2016 - Annie
2015 - Oliver
2014 – Little Shop of Horrors
2013 – The Jungle Book
2012 – The Wizard of Oz
2011 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2010 – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
This course can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts. It can be used to broaden a pupil’s studies and may lead to a career in the performing arts industries. For example, a former Churchdown student is now theatre director at the Bristol Old Vic. This course complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills which are useful in a range of careers, such as retail, travel and tourism, sales and marketing or teaching.