Exam Board: OCR

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Drama Curriculum Summary
Year 7 Pupils will learn a variety of dramatic techniques in order to build up their skills base. Pupils will explore different genres and styles of storytelling in a practical way. They will finish the year by exploring the “Darkwood Manor” topic using skills of devising.
Year 8 Pupils will look at how meaning is created through voice work, and how to interpret a script from a dramatic point of view. They will research and explore a variety of Shakespeare plays looking at the language and meaning in a practical way. Finally, they will complete “The Clowning Project” where they will create their own clowning characters and look at different clown types. Pupils will learn how to juggle and put together their own clowning routine.
Year 9

At Key Stage 4 all pupils who have opted to study drama will spend Year 9 looking at the essential skills required to devise and perform effectively. There is also one public performance to parents which takes place in the spring or summer term of the year. In Year 10 Pupils will undertake a year of practical mocks for each component, before completing the course in Year 11. Pupils follow the OCR GCSE specification for Drama.

The Assessment Criteria is as follows:

Component 1 – Devising Drama (30% of GCSE)

Pupils will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised piece. Pupils will also submit a portfolio of work linked to the devised process.

Component 2 – Presenting & Performing Texts (30% of GCSE)

Pupils will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.

Component 3 – Performance & Response (40% of GCSE)

Pupils will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. Pupils will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

Year 10
Year 11