Topic outline

  • Drama

    (Expressive Arts Faculty)

    Drama

    E-Mail: headofdrama@soham-college.org.uk

  • KS3 - Years 7

    The KS3 curriculum largely follows Joss Bennathan's 'Developing Drama Skills 11 - 14'.
    In Year 7 there are five units and are constituted as follows:-

    'Serious Fun' - A two-lesson introductory unit which introduces students to the ground rules of conduct and work in Drama lessons. Four four-lesson units follow.

    'It Was Terrifying' - which introduces the collaborative nature of Drama, and techniques such as freeze-frame and monologues.

    'Haunted and Hunted' - concentrating on story-telling, creating atmosphere and soundscape.

    'Evacuation' - a dramatic examination of the evacuation of children during WW2, highlighting research for documentary drama and group images.

    'The Tempest' - a study of the opening scene of the play and the relationships between Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel. There is also the opportunity for some set design.

  • KS3 - Years 8

    The KS3 curriculum largely follows Joss Bennathan's 'Developing Drama Skills 11 - 14'
    In Year 8 there are four units which each take up 4 or 5 sessions and are constituted as follows:-

    'Status' - an examination of the role of status-based relationships in creating drama, which highlights the processes involved in improvised theatre.

    'Jo' - role-play and hot-seating in order to gather information about a troubled teenager called Jo, and his story, which features non-naturalistic devices and flashback.

    'Reportage' - creating improvised theatre from documentary sources, revising flashback and monologue.

    'Old Man' - character creation and development, using observation of elderly people as a means of story-telling.

  • KS3 - Years 9

    The KS3 curriculum largely follows Joss Bennathan's 'Developing Drama Skills 11 - 14'
    In Year 9 there are four units which each take up 4 or 5 sessions and are constituted as follows:-

    'Shakespeare' - a production exercise culminating in a performance of the opening scene from 'Macbeth' - complete with props, costume, lighting and sound.

    'Human Rights' - an issue-based unit, in which previously-learnt techniques are used to create drama suggested by a teenage curfew, Antigone's defiance and Rosa Parks.

    'Rites of Passage' - using the Seven Ages of Man speech, a dramatic study of important moments in life, with an emphasis on ritual.

    'Soap Opera' - a larger-group unit, in which students create the opening episode of a brand-new soap-opera, set in a small town in the Fens. Characterisation and setting are particular features of this unit, which also serves as an introduction to the processes followed at GCSE.

  • KS3 Drama Activities

    • For two days in June 2011, a group of more than 40 students worked with Drama teachers to create a Play in 2 Days. They produced an original and challenging piece of theatre based upon the theme of Money. Click the link below to view photos showing our students at work.

      KS3 Drama Activities

  • KS4 Drama Activities

    • Year 10 Drama students are currently preparing for some work based on the theme of loyalty. These images show the students creating freeze frames depicting 'split loyalties'. The students created their freeze frames in any way they wished and then modified them to make the gestures and expressions 'bigger', more subtle and then varied the levels and made greater use of space to make them more interesting. Click the link below to view photos showing our students at work.

      KS4 Drama - Loyalty Theme

    • We were recently treated to an exceptional performance from students at Impington Village College's Performance School where students take A levels in Dance, Drama, Music and Performing Arts. Every year some of our Year 11 students choose to go to Impington to continue their studies and we are always delighted when they come to visit us.

      We hope to work more closely with the Performance School in the future as it will give our students something to be inspired by and to aim for. Click the link below to view photos showing our students at work.

      Year 10 Drama - Loyalty Theme

  • GCSE Drama

    Click the logo or link below if you would like to view the full course specification from the Exam Board website.

    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01) GCSE Drama 2DR01

    Assessment

    The GCSE Drama specification is made up of the following three units –

    Unit 1: Improvisation      (30% of GCSE)
    You take part in a series of assessed practical workshops exploring an idea or theme through drama. This year's theme is that of "Separation". You will be given a variety of stimuli i.e. photographs, poems and objects and will have the opportunity to use drama to explore your ideas. 

    Overview of assessment
    Six-hour practical exploration
    Documentary response (recommended maximum 2000 words)


    Unit 2: Workshop of a full play text       (30% of GCSE)
    You take part in a series of assessed workshops on a play text and complete a portfolio of work on the work covered. Both marks for these two sections combine and make up 30% of the GCSE.  You will also watch a live theatre performance and write a review on it.

    Overview of assessment
    Six-hour practical exploration of the play text
    Documentary response to practical exploration (recommended maximum 1000 words)
    Documentary response to live theatre (recommended maximum 2000 words)

    Unit 3 – Practical exam     (40% of GCSE)

    You will rehearse and perform a script extract in front of an examiner.  Scripts will be selected for you that give you opportunites to use your skills as an actor developed during the course.  The performance normally takes place in the first two weeks of May in year 11.

    Overview of assessment
    Students will present their work as performers or performance in a single performance to an examiner.

    Key Terms used in GCSE Drama include:

    The Explorative Strategies The Drama Medium & Elements of Drama
    • Hotseating
    • Cross Cutting
    • Role Play
    • Thought tracking
    • Still Image
    • Narrating
    • Forum Theatre
    • Marking the moment
    • Space, Movement and Levels
    • Voice and MovementSet Design
    • Mime and Gesture
    • Space and Levels
    • Climax and Anti Climax
    • Contrasts
    • Use of Sound and Music
    • Symbols