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Drama

The Drama curriculum at Wolfreton School starts in Year 7. Students receive one lesson a week in Years 7, 8 and 9. In Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to study GCSE Drama (Edexcel) or the AQA Technical Award Performing Arts course, depending on pathway. At A Level students can study Drama and Theatre Studies (Edexcel).

The Drama department is part of the Creative and Performing Arts Curriculum Area and works alongside the Art and Music departments. Drama stimulates the creative development of our students but also promotes their confidence and ability to work with others.

Students are offered opportunities to get involved in drama clubs, school performances and theatre visits, to enrich their learning.

Staff Position
Mr W Van Rijn Subject Leader of Drama
Mrs S Roberts Teacher of Drama

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8 the emphasis is on basic performance skills and group work skills. Some of the units are specifically written for the Personal and Social development of our students such as Peer Pressure in Year 7 and Bullying in Year 8. The drama curriculum promotes and instils confidence in our students when working with each other and performing in front of each other. Though most of the work is done practically, the students are required to reflect on their learning through written work.

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Spooky Tales (An introduction to specific drama skills)
  • Mime and Movement
  • Peer pressure
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
  • Fairy tales
  • Jabberwocky
  • Role development
  • Melodrama
  • Physical theatre skills
  • Ishi- the last Native American

 

At Key Stage 3:

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Take part in school productions.
  • Read books and scripts which will stimulate their imagination.
  • Join the drama clubs for key stage 3 students
  • Watch age appropriate films on TV, online and at the cinema

Key Stage 4 

GCSE Drama

Students follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification.

Aims of the course:

The drama course allows the students to look into different performing styles in more detail. Through their study of devised and scripted work, students need to show their understanding of how a piece of drama can be developed through specific skills. Stage craft is becoming increasingly important, though the ability to work with others is equally central to the work, as is the written analysis of their practical skills.

In preparation for their written exam, students will study two set texts.  They also watch live performances at a local theatre in order to write a play review during their exam.

Course Content:

The practical side of the course will involve improvisation (making up plays) and working with scripts. It provides the chance to develop the skills already gained and the opportunity to learn some more. As well as acting in plays, students are involved in learning how to stage or ‘put on’ a play. This may be one they have written themself, or it may be a play by a well-known playwright.

Students focus on set building, costume designing, stage lighting and make-up. Students might learn about mask making, publicity procedures and new acting skills when visiting groups come to work with them.

Assessment:

Students practical work will be assessed by their teacher throughout the course.  There is also an exam in which students will write about a play they have seen live in the theatre and a set text which they will have studied in great detail.  As part of the GCSE students will perform to an examiner who will mark their acting skills.

 

BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Performing Arts

Students who began years 10 and 11 in September 2016, follow the Pearson BTEC First Award in Performing Arts specification.

Aims of the course:

This course is particularly designed for students who like drama, who like to perform and want to work practically.

The course covers a range of units and will allow students the opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge as a performer. 

The course will give students the opportunity to work in a studio space and get hands-on experience in acting, devising, set design, lighting and sound.  Your teacher offer knowledge on specialist areas of the performing arts.  Outside groups will also come in and work with students.

Course content:

The BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (Performance) is made up of three units over 2 years – there are two core units and one specialist unit.  The specialist unit enables students to study particular areas in more detail.  This may be a musical, a script or an improvised play.

It is during the work on specialist unit that students will develop their specific strengths, for example if they play an instrument or can sing and dance.  Students may be interested in supporting the people on stage with lighting, sound, costume design or make-up.  Although most people will want to develop their acting skills - that is fine too.

Assessment:

One core unit will be assessed by an external exam.  The other two units will amount to a performance and some written work.  Students will be asked to evaluate their work and that of others.  External assessment accounts for 25% of the course in BTEC Performing Arts.

 

AQA Technical Award in Performing Arts

Students who began Year 9 in September 2016, will follow the Pearson AQA Techical Award 2017 in Performing Arts specification.

The new Technical Award specification for this course will start in September 2017. Students in Year 9 are currently completing a bridging unit in Performing Arts. Students will develop the necessary skills and understanding to give them the best possible foundation for the new specification.

In Year 9 BTEC students will explore and study: 

  • Video production
  • DNA – By Dennis Kelly
  • Creating devised work
  • Performance roles including acting, dancing and singing
  • Production roles including costume, set design, makeup and lighting

The information provided on this page gives a broad outline of the new content in the Technical Award in Performing Arts.

Aims of the course:

This course is particularly designed for students who like drama, who like to perform and want to work practically.

The course covers a range of units and will allow students the opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge as a performer. 

The course will give students the opportunity to work in a studio space and get hands-on experience in acting, devising, set design, lighting and sound.  Your teacher offers knowledge on specialist areas of the performing arts.  Outside groups may also come in and work with students.

Course content:
                Unit 1 : Unlocking creativity
                Unit 2 : The production / performance
                Unit 3 : The performing arts experience

Assessment:

This qualification is modular and is split into three units. One is an externally assessed exam (units) and the other two are internally assessed.

Additional resources GCSE Drama and Performing Arts

If your son/daughter has a keen interest in drama they should be encouraged to join one of the many clubs in and around Hull; such as NAPA, Northern Theatre, Hull Truck youth theatre etc. Often these clubs add to the experience your son/daughter has when learning in drama at school, but also allow them to become increasingly confident with their skills and abilities. Most of these experiences are transferable to their school work.

At this stage it is important that students develop an understanding of audiences. It is valuable to take your son/daughter to the theatre and see different plays of different styles. Our local theatres offer a wide variety of plays and tickets can often be obtained cheaper on ‘stand by’. Further afield; theatres in Leeds, York and Sheffield for example, offer performances of a wider national significance and house leading companies such as Kneehigh and the National Theatre.

  • The school library holds a wide and varied selection of scripts, drama books and other resources
  • Students are encouraged to look at the websites of leading practitioners such as the National Theatre, RSC, Kneehigh and Frantic assembly

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA)

Students follow the AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification. 

Aims of the course:

This course enables students to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage through practical drama workshops and rehearsal practices. 

Course Content:

Themes studied include:

  • Drama and theatre
  • Creating original drama
  • Making theatre

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 60% Practical
  • 40% Exam

Students who began Year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of Year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts (Edexcel)

Students follow the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts specification.  This forms part of The Consortium offer.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to enable students to develop skills and techniques in various performance disciplines such as acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre.  Students also develop their confidence, problem solving and team work skills as well as an understanding of influential practitioners work.

Course Content:

Students study:

  • Investigating practitioners work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performances
  • Group performance workshop
  • Developing the voice for performance

This BTEC National Extended Certificate is aimed at students with ability in acting, singing or dance.  It is equivalent to one A Level.

Assessment:

  • 58% Performance / Set Task
  • 42% Coursework

Additional resources GCSE Drama and Performing Arts

If your son/daughter has a keen interest in drama they should be encouraged to join one of the many clubs in and around Hull; such as NAPA, Northern Theatre, Hull Truck youth theatre etc. Often these clubs add to the experience your son/daughter has when learning in drama at school, but also allow them to become increasingly confident with their skills and abilities. Most of these experiences are transferable to their school work.

At this stage it is important that students develop an understanding of audiences. It is valuable to take your son/daughter to the theatre and see different plays of different styles. Our local theatres offer a wide variety of plays and tickets can often be obtained cheaper on ‘stand by’. Further afield; theatres in Leeds, York and Sheffield for example, offer performances of a wider national significance and house leading companies such as Kneehigh and the National Theatre.

  • The school library holds a wide and varied selection of scripts, drama books and other resources
  • Students are encouraged to look at the websites of leading practitioners such as the National Theatre, RSC, Kneehigh and Frantic assembly

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