Drama

“I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being”

- Oscar Wilde

 

Curriculum Vision

 

Drama allows for pupils to actively engage in the creative process and think critically to be an imaginative, independent, critical and reflective learner. The curriculum stimulates a lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in drama and dramatic literature from a variety of cultures and traditions. Pupils will develop a range of personal qualities, including perseverance, initiative, confidence, individual awareness and group sensitivity.

 

Key Stage 3

 

All pupils are taught Drama at Key Stage 3 to equip pupils with the necessary skills to succeed should they decide to take Drama as a GCSE exam in KS4. Emphasis is placed on developing the students’ ability to concentrate, work co-operatively in a group situation and to develop confidence.

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Year 7  Topics

  • Memories

 

  • Dickens - A Christmas Carol
  • Poetry from other cultures
  • Animal Farm
  • Our Day Out
  •  Narrative Writing

Rationale

We intend to facilitate the transition between Ks2 and Ks3 by beginning with a unit which allows for self-reflection and expression through their writing. Subsequently, throughout the year, pupils will be exposed to a wide, diverse range of literature from a range of eras and cultures. Whilst the consolidation and development of both vocabulary and SPAG is a key focus, the priority for this year group is to cultivate and/or maintain an enjoyment of reading and writing.

 

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Year 8  Topics

  • Lord of the Flies (sets 1 - 4)
  • Of Mice and Men (sets 5 - 7)
  • Lord of the Flies (sets 1 - 4)
  •  Of Mice and Men (sets 5 - 7)
  • Intro to Gothic Literature
  • Shakespeare – Macbeth
  • Poetry from Moon on the tides – Relationships or Character and Voice
  • Including Speaking and listening (Performance Poetry)

Rationale

Much like the year 7 long term plan, in year 8 pupils will be exposed to a wide, diverse range of literature from a range of eras and cultures. We will continue to build on the enjoyment of reading and writing that has been fostered in the year previously, whilst simultaneously building upon the skills which pupils have already learned. In particular, both writing and speaking and listening skills will be further developed in this year, making it perfect preparation for the beginning of Ks4 content in the subsequent year.

 

 

 

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Year 9  Topics

Poetry Anthology
  • Romantic relationships/unseen
  • When we two parted, Neutral Tones, Winter Swans, Letters…’
 
  • AQA-style extracts for Paper 1 (eg Private Peaceful)
  • Lit paper 1 – extract question

  • AQA-style extracts for Paper 2 language (Emmett Till)
  • An Inspector’s Calls

 

 

 

Poetry Anthology
  • Romantic relationships/unseen
  • When we two parted, Neutral Tones, Winter Swans, Letters…’

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

Pupils study the Eduqas / WJEC course (C690QS) at GCSE.

Drama is offered as a separate GCSE courses at KS4. The Drama course concentrates on the development of acting skills and the analysis of performance work. Students are assessed partly through written portfolios, and through practical contributions both in the classroom and an externally assessed written exam

 

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Year 10 Topics

  • Parent/child
  • Poetry - Love and relationships
Creating texts
  • 20/21st century literature extracts
  • An Inspector Calls
 
  • Unseen Poetry
  • A Christmas Carol
Writer’s viewpoint
  • 19/20/21ST century non-fiction and literary non-fiction extracts.
  • Language Paper 2 Section A and B

 

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Year 11 Topics

  • A Christmas Carol (focus on plot, structure, context and characters)
  • Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet
  • Literature Paper 1A
  • Poetry - Love and relationships
  • Poetry Unseen
  • Literature Paper 2B
  • Revision
  •  Exams