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Drama


Welcome to the Drama Department

 

Department Members:

Miss E Burgess- Curriculum Leader, Head of Faculty Performing Arts

Miss C Gardiner - Drama Teacher

 The Drama department is a vibrant, creative and exciting hub of activity. We promote a dynamic, respectful and imaginative learning environment which excites, inspires and motivates students.

Extra curricular clubs include Y7, 8 ,9 and 10 Drama Club, A  Level Theatre and GCSE Intervention and support. KS4 and KS5 students are offered range of performance opportunities within their subjects to support the learning and development of other students.

The annual School Production of a musical is always a huge hit and involves as many as 80 performers from years 7-10, with backstage support provided by Sixth Form students.

 

Year 9 Performing Arts Tech Award Level 1/ 2

 

Students complete 3 core components which aim to strengthen their skills, knowledge and performance discipline.

Practical work – this vocational course offers students that chance to develop a wide range of practical skills through workshops, development of practitioner knowledge and assessment performances

Written work – students document their progress for assessment by gathering evidence throughout each component and developing their knowledge of the performing arts through research, evaluation and analysis tasks.

 

 

Year 10 and 11 Eduqas GCSE Drama

Component 1 – Devising – 60 marks – 40% Internally assessed – externally moderated

Groups between 2-5 actors with up to 4 design for each group

Practical work – create, developand performof a piece of devised theatre using EITHER techniques of an influential theatre practitioner OR a genre, in a response to a stimulus SET BY WJEC (choice of 4 stimulus’ - quote, lyric, picture, concept)

Written work -  Supporting Portfolio – written = 750-900 words, Evaluation of performance – controlled conditions – 1hr 30mins – addressing 3 specific points of criteria – notes can be taken in

Component 2 – Performing from a Text – 60 marks – 20% - Externally Assessed by examiner

Practical Work Groups between 2 – 4 with up to 2 designers. Study two 10 minute extracts from one text of their own choice. 10 minute extract to perform – lasting between 5-14 minutes depending on how many actors. The text must contrast in style and/or context to text for Component 3

Written Work  Artistic Intension cover sheet for examiner – 150 words approx.

Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre – 60 marks – 40% - Written Exam

Written Exam – 1hr 30mins - 2 questions – Section A and Section B

Section A –  A series of questions on a set texts: The Tempest, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hard to Swallow, War Horse and DNA

Section B - One question from a choice of two requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course

 

 

Year 12 Performing Arts Extended Certificate (Pearson)

 

Students complete 3 core components which will build on their prior learning and allow them to develop their skillset, practical understanding and theoretical ability.

Practical work – this vocational course offers students that chance to develop a wide range of practical skills through workshops, development of practitioner knowledge and assessment performances to a variety of audiences

Written work – students document their progress for assessment by gathering evidence throughout each component and developing their knowledge of the performing arts through research, evaluation and analysis tasks.

 

 

Year 13 Eduqas Drama and Theatre Studies

This course builds on the foundation of learning at GCSE. Students study play texts and analyse and interpret them through exploration and application of practical skills. Key theatre practitioners are studied in depth through practical and theory work. Students also produce and develop both scripted and devised pieces of theatre over the two year course, both pieces performed in front of an examiner. The written concept work for these performances enhances and consolidates the experience. Students also study the history of drama and theatre, about performing, about all aspects of a production from the design of the set and costumes through to the role of the director. Students also experience a range of live theatre performances, both internally and at theatres around London.

Who is this course for?

Students who have studied Drama at GCSE level and/or have had appropriate Drama/Theatre experience outside of school and who are enthusiastic and interested in learning more at a higher levels. The course is suitable for students who are intent on studying courses other than Acting at university: Law, Politics, History, Media, English.

Year 12 Enrichment - Arts Award qualification

The Arts Council offers the opportunity for students across the Sixth Form to be part of the organisation, development and delivery of an Arts Festival at CJM in 2019. Students complete a variety of both research, portfolio and practical tasks to gain this qualification.