Drama & Theatre studies

Aims

Drama allows all students to challenge their creative abilities and for their particular talents to be valued. The Drama Department aims to provide an inclusive approach to education ensuring equal access for all.

Drama at Frances Bardsley Academy offers a varied and diverse curriculum that will enable students to be creative as well as to use their skills in planning, reasoning, problem solving and abstract thinking and will above all encourage them to become independent and reflective learners. Drama is also an essential learning tool, giving students the ability to explore a wide range of concepts, develop their understanding of the world in which they live and most importantly providing a means to express their thoughts and ideas. Our vision is to make the Drama work produced at Frances Bardsley easily accessible and highly regarded in the school and local community.

The Arts are an area of excellence within the school in terms of their teaching, examination achievement and as a provider of extra-curricular study. The Drama Department aims to support this reputation by providing a rich range of high quality creative learning opportunities.

Teaching and Learning

The Drama curriculum at FBA aims to develop the skills of Making, Performing and Responding to Drama and Theatre through the exploration of a variety of stimuli from different sources and traditions.  Drama lessons provide pupils with a rich and diverse experience of the cultural, historical, social and practical context of the art form.  Students’ progress is monitored and assessed at GCSE and A Level using the relevant examination board assessment criteria.  The department have also introduced a rigorous monitoring and assessment system at Key Stage 3 that supports the standard expected in Drama further up the school. The department are very aware of the teaching and learning needs of our students while they are in our classrooms.

Assessment for learning                            

Assessment is at the heart of what we do in the Drama classroom.  Our planning is always assessment led with the purpose of developing a student’s progression. Just as it is in other subject areas, it is important that students know how well they are doing and how to improve. Drama does not easily lend itself to assessment and therefore trying and testing new ways to assess is an on-going process for us. All students track their own progress by recording their attainment against their target grades. Teachers regularly monitor this information and are able to plan ways to support students as necessary. Drama lessons incorporate plenty of DIRT time for students to receive feedback and self-assess their work by completing Closing the Gap sheets after each project. We believe this supports our department aim of developing reflective and self-aware students.

Home Learning

  • The Drama Department sets regular homework projects to all year groups using a ‘Homework Menu’ that students can use to select a task and relate it to the work they have been doing in class. The tasks are designed to deepen their thinking about the topic area and develop further Drama knowledge and skills.
  • All home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

 

 

Equipment

All students are issued with Drama assessment booklets or handbooks/ workbooks where they can record their planning, track their progress and find key information relating to their projects. These are kept in school for the majority of the time, only taken home to complete their homework, so students are only required to have a pen and their planner as necessary.

Key Stage 3

Drama

Programme of Study

 

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7

Darkwood Manor

 

Drama skills:

Hot-seating

Teacher in Role

Role-play

Physical Theatre     

 

Secrets

Bullying & Puberty

 

Perspectives skills:

1.1 Personal Identities a, b, c

1.2 Healthy Lifestyles b, c

1.3 Risk a, b:

1.4 Relationships a, b, c           

           

 

Characterisation

 

Drama skills:

Performing

Characterisation     

 

Let Him Have It

 

Drama skills:

Devising

Role-play

 

Perspectives skills:

Values & beliefs relating to Capital Punishment, rights and responsibilities and taking risks.

Issues surrounding disability.

The influence of friends & family

 

1.1 Personal Identities a, b, c

1.2 Healthy Lifestyles b

1.3 Risk a, b

 1.4 Relationships a, b, c

Animals

 

Drama skills:

Masks

Devising

 

Perspectives & issue-based:

Ethics and issues surrounding animal rights.

Rights and responsibilities.

Taking action.

 

1.4 Relationships b

           

Plague Village

 

Drama skills:

Performing from and writing scripts

 

Perspectives & issue-based:

Values and beliefs relating to the welfare of groups versus the welfare of individuals.

Rights and responsibilities: being a member of a community.

 

1.4 Relationships b

Assessments

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

8

The Secret Room

Drama response to the Holocaust and story of Anne Frank.

 

Drama skills:

Monologue

Naturalistic performance skills

Devising

 

Perspectives skills:

Developing empathy while exploring the experiences of an imagined Jewish family during the holocaust.

 

1.1 Personal Identities a, b, c

1.5 Diversity a, b

1.4 Relationships a, b            

            Devising Skills

 

Drama skills based

 

 

Physical Theatre

 

Drama skills:

Devising

Physical Theatre

           

 

Hard to Swallow 

Exploration of a play text based on real life events of a girl suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and the impact of this on her and her family.

 

Drama skills:

Performing from text.

Naturalistic performance skills.

Devising

 

Perspectives skills:

1.1 Personal Identities a, b, c

1.2 Healthy Lifestyles a, b, c

1.3 Risk b

1.4 Relationships a, b, c

Devising Skills

 

Drama skills:

Devising

Responding to Stimuli

           

 

Stage Fighting

 

Drama skills based

 

Stage combat

Devising

Performance Skills

 

PSE & issue-based:

 

Relationships, trust and risk taking

 

1.1 Personal Identities b

1.3 Risk a, c

1.4 Relationships a, b, c

CARERS attributes:

 

Be Creative

Be Resilient

Be Reflective

Be Self Aware

 

Homework Menu to be set 

Assessments

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

Performance Assessments at the end of each project

 

Additional Information

Year 7 Enrichment Drama club – Arts Award (nationally recognised qualification)

Year 8 and 9 lunchtime Drama Club

Whole School Production

Summer Term theatre trip

Expressive Arts Showcase

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websitesHTTP://WWW.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/DISCOVER-MORE,HTTP://TICKETING.TIMEOUT.COM/LONDON-THEATRE

 

Practical help: join a local youth theatre, for example The Queens Theatre Youth Theatre:HTTP://WWW.QUEENS-THEATRE.CO.UK/JOIN-IN/EDUCATION-OUTREACH-SUPPORTING-VOLUNTEERING-AND-BACKSTAGE-TOURS/YOUTH

 

TV/Radio programmes: watch and discuss examples of live theatre on the Sky Arts channels or YouTube, listen to Front Row on Radio 4, go to the cinema to see NT Live productions:HTTP://NTLIVE.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/

 

Newspapers: check the local newspapers for advertisements for local and London theatre productions.

 

Literacy/numeracy: Find published plays and read them aloud together at home. Discuss how a professional theatre company might use their budget to produce their productions.

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak? 

 Miss Mond (Head of Drama)

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama

Programme of Study

GCSE Drama syllabus – OCR

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

 

Year 9

 

 

Devising

Too Much Punch for Judy

 

Practical Exploration

Text Performance

Written Task

 

Practitioner

Technical Theatre

 

Theatre trip with Year 12

 

Written exam practice s

Devised Performance with Practitioner influence, Process Portfolio and Evaluation (Mock)

Exam board stimuli

 

Read written exam play and perform short extract

 

Blood Brothers

 

Showcase July 2016

 

 

Year 10

 

 

 Written exam text study

 

Blood Brothers- Practical Exploration and Practise Questions

 

Devising Drama

Devising Process Portfolio

Performance 

Devising Drama Evaluation task

Live Production Theatre trip & analysis

 

Written exam text recap

Blood Brothers

Year 11

 Performance text study 

Presenting & Performing Texts (visiting examiner)

60 marks – 30%

Written exam prep

(recap exam text & live production)

Drama: Performance & Response

(written exam)

80 marks – 40%

 

                 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Components

Assessment

Weighting

1 Devising Drama

Year 10

Devised performance, written portfolio and evaluation

 

30% of the final mark

2 Presenting and Performing Texts

Year 11

Performance of two extracts from a play 

30% of the final mark

3 Drama: Performance and Response

Year 11

Written examination

40% of the final mark

 

Additional Information

Trips: One theatre trip in Year 9 to complete practice Live Theatre Review assignment.

One theatre trip in Year 10 to prepare for GCSE assessment of Live Performance Review.

One theatre trip in Year 11 to prepare for GCSE assessment of the set text.

 

Revision: extra-curricular rehearsals will be arranged by students and staff to ensure preparation for performance assessments. 1:1 support will be provided for written aspects of the course if necessary.

Clinics: Weekly/Fortnightly clinics will be arranged for written examination and controlled assessments.

Careers guidance: Discussion with Drama teachers.

Big activity day: Year 10 Big Activity Day focuses on preparation and exploration of that year’s Whole School Production.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websitesHTTP://WWW.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/DISCOVER-MORE,HTTP://TICKETING.TIMEOUT.COM/LONDON-THEATRE

 

Practical help: students can audition for the school production, offer to support leadership of Drama Clubs and rehearsals, join a local youth theatre, for example The Queens Theatre Youth Theatre: HTTP://WWW.QUEENS-THEATRE.CO.UK/JOIN-IN/EDUCATION-OUTREACH-SUPPORTING-VOLUNTEERING-AND-BACKSTAGE-TOURS/YOUTH

TV/Radio programmes: watch and discuss examples of live theatre on the Sky Arts channels or YouTube, listen to Front Row on Radio 4, go to the cinema to see NT Live productions: HTTP://NTLIVE.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/

Newspapers: check the local newspapers for advertisements for local and London theatre productions.

Examination technique: Teachers will focus on this during the rehearsal process in Year 10 and when preparing for the written exam in Year 11. Teachers are also available during extra-curricular rehearsals.

Literacy/numeracy: Find published plays and read them aloud together at home. Discuss how a professional theatre company might use their budget to produce their productions.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Mond (Head of Drama)

 

Key Stage 5

Theatre Studies

 

Programme of Study

Syllabus - AQA

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 12

 

Practitioner exploration

with text extract & devising practice 

 

 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

Working notebook & final performance

(eg Grimm’s Tales stimulus with

Berkoff practitioner)

Component 1 Written exam prep

Section C: Live Production visit & analysis

Section A: Exploration of Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht

 Component 3: Making Theatre

Exploration of Extract 1 & reflective report

Year 13

Component 3: Making Theatre Exploration of Extract 2 & reflective report

 

Component 3: Making Theatre Exploration & Performance of Extract 3

Reflective report

Component 1: Written exam Section B: Exploration of Yerma by Lorca

Component 1: Written exam

recap section A , B & C

               

 

Accreditation Structure

Components

Assessment

Weighting

1 Drama and Theatre 

Year 13

Written Exam

 

40% of the final mark

2 Creating Original Drama

Year 12

Devised Performance and Working Notebook 

30% of the final mark

3 Drama: Making Theatre

Year 13

Exploration of 3 extracts, performance of extract 3 and reflective report.

30% of the final mark

Additional Information

Trips: One theatre trip to prepare for assessment of Live Theatre Review.

Two workshops: Devising skills and Brecht technique.

Revision: extra-curricular rehearsals will be arranged by students and staff to ensure preparation for performance assessments.

Clinics: one-to-one support sessions are arranged for written responses as necessary.

Careers guidance: Discussion with Drama teachers.

UCAS: support with personal statements and written references can be provided by teachers.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websitesHTTP://WWW.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/DISCOVER-MORE,HTTP://TICKETING.TIMEOUT.COM/LONDON-THEATRE

Practical help: students can audition for the school production, offer to support leadership of Drama Clubs and rehearsals, join a local youth theatre, for example The Queens Theatre Youth Theatre: HTTP://WWW.QUEENS-THEATRE.CO.UK/JOIN-IN/EDUCATION-OUTREACH-SUPPORTING-VOLUNTEERING-AND-BACKSTAGE-TOURS/YOUTH

TV/Radio programmes: watch and discuss examples of live theatre on the Sky Arts channels or YouTube, listen to Front Row on Radio 4, go to the cinema to see NT Live productions: HTTP://NTLIVE.NATIONALTHEATRE.ORG.UK/

Newspapers: check the local newspapers for advertisements for local and London theatre productions.

Examination technique: Teachers will focus on this during rehearsal process for the practical examinations. Teachers are also available during extra-curricular rehearsals.

Literacy/numeracy: Find published plays and read them aloud together at home. Discuss how a professional theatre company might use their budget to produce their productions.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Mond (Head of Drama)

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