Drama Curriculum Overview 2015-16

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.


Year 7

Drama is a vital part of the students’ learning experience at Notley. It enables the students to develop the ability to communicate and work together.
We believe in the holistic development of the child and so whilst it is important that the students do improve and hone their performance skills we place a lot of emphasis on the students developing skills for life. The curriculum exposes the students to a wide range of drama genres from Melodrama through to Physical Theatre. By the end of Year 7 they are well placed to move into Year 8 where they will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Year 8

In Year 8 the students study more play texts such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Stephen Berkoff’s Metamorphosis. All topics are explored through the use of a range of drama techniques, and it is here that pupils reveal their understanding of the issues, themes etc. The presentation of work builds confidence whilst improvisation and movement sessions encourage pupils to use imagination when attempting to create dramatic meaning.

Year 9

During this year pupils continue to develop communication skills through group discussions and practical, but they also begin to investigate more challenging themes and issues through the process of Drama.

Using a range of drama techniques pupils have confronted and explored social issues and themes such as prejudice and racism.
Pupils have been expected to reveal a more mature approach to each other’s opinions and have been given opportunities to experiment with challenging theatrical styles, such as surrealism.

This year’s course has been designed to utilise the skills developed in previous years, whilst providing a link with the GCSE course looking at both script work and improvisation.

Year 10

The GCSE Drama course (exam board WJEC) is a dynamic and varied course which allows the students to expand their knowledge and understanding of theatre through the ages. In year 10 the course introduces the students to different theatre styles and practitioners. These workshop style sessions feed into Unit 1 where they must devise their own piece of work for performance and then complete a written report evaluating the process. In Unit 2 they study a text and then perform extracts from it and finally Unit 3 is a written examination based on a set text. In Year 10 we run a mock of each of the Units which serves to prepare the students for Year 11.

Year 11

Year 11 sees the students complete Units 1 – 3 and is a very exciting and intense period of study. Their Unit 1 devised performance is in December with the practical Unit 2 examination falling in March/April. The students complete their Unit 3 written examination in the June series of exams.

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