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Performing Arts Department

Drama curriculum

The drama department at Paulet High School & 6th Form College provides an inclusive, stimulating environment, where students are encouraged to fulfil their potential. The students are encouraged through the drama medium to become independent enquirers, creative thinkers, team workers, effective participators, self-managers and reflective learners.
At Paulet High School & 6th Form College, we use the framework ‘creating, performing, responding’ provided by the Arts Council England, to ensure the students acquire and develop new skills and experiences.

We believe that drama is integral to the development of creativity within the young person and should be used as a vehicle to allow their creativity to flourish.

All students will receive one lesson of drama per week. The students will learn the many skills and key concepts that feature in theatre. Each student will explore these concepts through units of work which cover a variety of subjects including bullying, social interaction, economic awareness, peer pressure and substance abuse.

In drama in Year 7 you will follow two units of work - two in each term.

  • Introduction to drama skills and techniques -focusing on the issue of bullying.
  • Scripted performance- ‘The Twits’.

Year 8

You will build on the skills learnt in Year 7, as well as learn new, more advanced techniques. You will also learn more about different dramatic styles as well.
In drama in Year 8 you will follow two units of work - two in each term.

  • A Shakespeare text is studied to explore and develop different rehearsal techniques.
  • Developing devised performances using ‘The Island’ as a stimulus.

Year 9

You will continue to develop other valuable skills in drama in Year 9, such as team working and decision making. You will find this useful in many areas of your studies. You will also find yourself using skills learnt in drama in many other subjects; role-play and enactment are used by many teachers to help your understand of many concepts. During this year, you will build your knowledge of drama mediums and elements in preparation for the GCSE course.

  • Exploring different improvisation techniques.
  • Scripted performance- ‘Our Day Out’.
  • Exploring other forms and styles- Commedia Dell’arte, Physical theatre and Brechtian performance
  • Soap Opera scheme - creating scripts in small groups.
  • Documentary Theatre- exploring gang culture.
  • Performance project.

Key Stage 4

Drama (OCR GCSE)

"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."

William Shakespeare

We provide courses at Key Stage 4 and 5 to continue with developing young people’s creativity. Over the two years students will consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities. They will be encouraged to reflect on and evaluate your own work, and the work of others. Drama helps to develop a basis for your future role as active citizens in employment and society.

About the course:

GCSE Drama is

Unit 1 - Devising Drama

Students will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama

Unit 2 - Presenting and Performing Texts

Students will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.

Unit 3 - Drama: Performance and Response

Students will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama

Students will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance

How it will be assessed:

Unit 1 - internally assessed, 30% of final mark
Unit 2 - externally assessed, 30% of final mark
Unit 3 - externally assessed, 40% of final mark

What it prepares you for:

GCSE Drama develops transferable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication which are all highly valued by employers. Should you choose to study after Year 11, all A level and BTEC Drama and Performance courses are open to you

This course is designed to provide a balance across a range of drama activities. It combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performance of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical analysis of all the elements.

Key Stage 5

Drama and Theatre Studies (OCR A level specification)

Unit 1 - Practitioners in Practice

Learners research and practically explore practitioners and the work of others through creating, devising and performing original theatre.

This is worth 40% of the total A level and comprises of performance elements and a research report.

Unit 2 - Exploring and Performing Texts

Learners will explore one performance text and perform an extract from a published play to a visiting examiner.

This is worth 20% of the total a level.

Unit 3 - Analysing Performance

Learners will explore practically two performance texts on a chosen theme.

Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

This is a written examination paper worth 20% of the total A level

Unit 4 - Deconstructing texts for Performances

Learners will interpret and explore practically a performance text considering how to create, develop and direct a performance for an audience.

This is a written paper worth 20% of the total A level.

Following the A level Drama course, students can progress to a variety of university courses or choose to work within the field of performing arts.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English and Drama

Teacher Responsible: Mrs Gadsby




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