Gryphon School: Sherborne

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 drama teaches the fundamental skills necessary for effective drama/theatre production: cooperation, creative contribution, team work, self-discipline, respect for others and personal evaluation. Within this frame work the art of story-telling, mime, physical theatre and the ancient Greek Theatre are the main topics studied. There is also a scheme of work introducing students to dance/movement as an expressive art form.

Year 8

Year 8 builds on the skills developed in the previous year but with the introduction of more specific drama conventions and styles of performance including forum theatre, thought tracking, Medieval and Elizabethan Theatre and the use of monologue and soliloquy. Communication through dance is further explored in the ‘Future’ project and students also complete a technical project on Lighting to Create Mood and Atmosphere.

Year 9

The emphasis in Year 9 is on developing further acting and communication skills and broadening students’ knowledge of theatrical style and genre. Building believable and naturalistic roles is developed within the topics exploring wealth and poverty and the world of business. Different forms are studied including The Victorian Theatre and Melodrama, Samuel Beckett and contemporary theatre.

Key Stage 4

Reasons for studying Drama

You will gain an understanding of a range of Drama and Theatre experiences. It will give you an increased confidence in communication skills and an important qualification valued by employers and in Further Education. You will develop self and group awareness, imaginative, creative and social skills.

What you will be studying

The GCSE course content will allow you the opportunity to study published texts and plays, to act and perform in them or take on the role of designer. You will learn the skill of acting while at the same time you will explore technical aspects of presentation i.e. lighting, sound, set design, costumes, masks etc. You will study the techniques, theatrical conventions and acting and design skills required for prepared improvisation and scripted work until ready for presentation to an audience. You must be prepared to respond to a variety of stimuli. You will learn to review and assess the effectiveness of your chosen practical component. Commitment to group work is essential in Drama. You will see a variety of live professional or nonprofessional theatre and learn to make informed critical responses to what you see. A cost will be involved for all theatre visits averaging £20.

GCSE Drama

Exam Board: AQA

Course Information:

Unit 1 – Written paper 1hr 30 minutes – responses required for a) Practical work completed during the course, b) study and performance of a scripted play c) Study of live theatre production seen. 40% of final GCSE grade. Exam sat in summer of Year 10.

Unit 2 – Practical work. (Controlled assessments working in two options – choice of 14 options) 60% of final grade. Assessments carried out throughout the two year course. Best mark for two options submitted at end of Year 11.

Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse

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