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Coombes Girls School

Drama

We aim to balance issue-based drama exploration with the development of students’ theatre skills. Throughout the key stages, students develop their creativity in response to challenging stimulus material and are prompted to take risks as part of their learning. We seek to nurture students’ enjoyment of live performance, both as performers and audience members: every student is able to take part in at least one theatre trip every year. There is a range of extra-curricular opportunities open to all students, including Drama Clubs, the Shakespeare Schools Festival and annual school production.

MEET THE DEPARTMENT
 

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 7
 

In Year 7, Drama students are introduced to the full range of explorative strategies (still image, hot-seating, thought-tunnel and more) and use these to investigate a range of stimulus material. Citizenship is delivered within Drama at KS3, and students explore important themes including bullying, global education and community responsibility. By working in role, students are able to respond to challenging material at a safe distance, stepping into the shoes of their character to experience a different perspective on the world around them.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 8
 

In Year 8, Drama students are exposed to more challenging Drama forms and techniques and increasingly mature stimulus material. They learn basic theories of theatre practitioners including Stanislavksi and Brecht, and work with greater freedom in order to develop their directorial skills. Students explore texts including Anne Frank’s Diary and ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo, and work as actors and directors on extracts of script. Citizenship themes in Year 8 include justice and the UK legal system, which are explored through the melodrama ‘Sweeney Todd.’

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 9
 

The Year 9 course provides the foundation for GCSE Drama. We expect our Year 9 students to experiment with new techniques, approach more challenging roles, and develop their leadership capacities by taking responsibility for shaping their group’s work. Students develop longer pieces of devised and scripted work, using sophisticated forms including physical theatre. Citizenship themes in Year 9 include voting, elections and the workings of Parliament, which students explore through a unit on Women’s Rights.

WHY CHOOSE DRAMA FOR GCSE?
 

WHY CHOOSE DRAMA FOR GCSE?

Current students describe the course as energetic, fast-paced, creative, physical, fun, challenging and thought-provoking. They tell us that they particularly enjoy:

  • experiencing different characters
  • being able to learn in groups
  • the practical approach to the course
  • devising from stimulus material
  • learning about Stanislavski and naturalism

having interesting discussions.

AQA GCSE DRAMA COURSE OVERVIEW

 

COMPONENT 1:

UNDERSTANDING DRAMA

 

Written examination (1 hr 45 mins)

40%

 

80 marks

  • Section A: 4 multiple choice questions.
  • Section B: 4 questions from a given extract on the set play (‘Blood Brothers’), from the perspective of actor, director and/or designer.
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) evaluating elements of a live production that we see as a class, e.g. the work of the actors or use of sound.

COMPONENT 2:

DEVISING DRAMA

 

Teacher marked and AQA moderated

 

40%

 

80 marks

  • Devised performance
  • Devising log

COMPONENT 3:

TEXTS IN PRACTICE

 

Marked by a visiting AQA examiner

 

20%

 

40 marks

  • Examined performance of two extracts from one play

 

 

FURTHER STUDY AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The GCSE Drama course provides the ideal foundation for further study in Drama and the arts. It also prepares students very effectively for any subject or training requiring group work, communication and problem-solving skills.

Former students have gone on to the full range of degree courses and vocational actor training, and careers including performance, law, social work, journalism and teaching. Drama really does open up a world of opportunities!

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 10 & 11
 

The GCSE course is varied and exciting, introducing students to a range of theatre forms and texts. Students work as a member of an ensemble with their class, creating both devised and scripted performance work. They see a range of theatre during the course in order to broaden their experience and vocabulary, and learn to analyse live performance. By the end of the course, students are experienced actors, directors, designers and critics, and have well-developed group work, leadership and problem-solving skills.

BUGSY MALONE 1st-3rd FEBRUARY 2017

JULIET & ROMEO 2016

OLIVER 2015

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS 2014