CLC 2009 1 of 8 THE KING’S SCHOOL, PETERBOROUGH DRAMA DEPARTMENT HANDBOOK CLC 2009 2 of 8 KS3 DRAMA Students have two periods of Drama per fortnightly timetable. They are taught in groups of thirty in Years 7 and 8 and groups of twenty-four in Year 9. A scheme of work can be found in the Department Office, which strongly links to citizenship issues addressed at KS3. Assessment is via levels adapted into pupil speak from the Arts Council’s ‘Drama in School’s’ booklet and can be found on the wall in the Drama Area. Students should complete 3 formal assessments per year, and receive an effort grade, attainment grade, written feedback and targets on the departmental KS3 assessment proforma. The scheme of work is progressive – skills to performance, building on previous year. SCHEME OF WORK All schemes of work are in the departmental office. Below is one way that the material in the KS3 Scheme could be ordered, allowing focus to be on the development of skills needed for the start of GCSE Drama. Year 7 Term1: Mime/Pantomime Term2: Role Play/Storybuilding Term 3: Introduction to Script Year 8 Term 1: Melodrama Term 2: Character and Monologue Term 3: Interpretation of Script Year 9 Individual teachers should choose three schemes of work from the selection in the drama office, with particular emphasis on links with the Citizenship curriculum. KS3 DRAMA ASSESSMENT LEVELS Drama at KS3 is built on 3 inter-related activities: 1. Making (encompasses the many processes and activities employed when exploring, devising, shaping and interpreting drama) 2. Performing (covers the skills and knowledge displayed when acting, presenting and producing dramas) 3. Responding (incorporates reflecting on both emotional and intellectual reactions to the drama) The expected level attainments, as outlined in the Arts Council of England’s ‘Drama in Schools’ booklet are KS3 (3-7)/ KS4 (5-7) CLC 2009 3 of 8 GCSE DRAMA Students have eight periods of drama per fortnightly timetable and follow the Edexcel syllabus (www.edexcel.org.uk) which is a two year course. 1) Written/practical coursework 60% (completed during Years 10/11) 2) Practical exam 40% (externally assessed - Summer of Year 11) In the Department Office, you will find: Schemes of work for ‘War’, ‘Bedlam’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ Scripts for use at GCSE: ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ and ‘Woman in Black’ Scripts for the Paper 2 examination and practice Exemplar written student samples of coursework for Units One and Two COURSE STRUCTURE Year 10 Autumn Term: Introduction to GCSE Drama Mock Unit One coursework (written/practical) – eg, ‘War’ Spring Term: Unit Two coursework (written/practical) – eg, ‘Blood Brothers’ (including Theatre Visit) Summer Term: Unit Two coursework (written/practical) Y10 Examination (G and T focus) – process drama T.1.E project Year 11 Autumn Term: Unit One coursework – eg, ‘Bedlam’ GCSE Mock Practical Examination – Devising Spring Term: Paper 2 rehearsals Summer Term: Paper 2 GCSE Performance Examination. CLC 2009 4 of 8 UNITS 1 + 2: DRAMA COURSEWORK (60%) UNIT 1: DRAMA EXPLORATION 1 (30%) A) Teacher assessed practical work (6 hour workshop) B) Written documentary evidence on practical exploration (2000 words) Students should be introduced to: a) Explorative strategies (still image/thought-tracking/narrating/hot- seating/role-play/cross cutting/forum theatre/marking the moment.) b) The Drama Medium (costume/sound/lighting/space/set/props/movement/gesture/voice) c) The Elements of Drama (action, plot, content/forms/climax, anti- climax/rhythm/contrasts/characterisation/conventions/symbols.) d) Drama Texts (Poetry/Artefacts/Music/Play scripts/Live Theatre Performances/Television/Newspaper articles/Literary or non- literary fiction.) Assessment Criteria: A01 Practical Exploration A03 Documentary Response Schemes of Work Mock Unit 1: Autumn Term Y10 Unit 1: Autumn Term Y11 UNIT 2: DRAMA EXPLORATION 2 (30%) A) Teacher assessed practical work (6 hour workshop) B) Written documentary evidence on practical workshop (1000 words) C) Response to live theatre (2000 words) You will explore a complete play and gain knowledge and understanding of the ways in which performers, playwrights, directors and designers use the medium of drama to communicate ideas to audience. Schemes of Work Unit 2: Spring Term Y11 CLC 2009 5 of 8 UNIT 3: DRAMA PERFORMANCE (40%) Students prepare for an externally assessed practical examination (May) based on an assignment brief set by Edexcel. In terms of length, performances should be between 15 and 45 minutes, according to number of candidates involved (between 3 and 9). Examples of possible play choices: The Importance of Being Earnest Missing Dan Nolan Too Much Punch for Judy Lear’s Daughters An Inspector Calls Living with Lady Macbeth Shakers Bouncers The Grimm Tales Blood Brothers Abigail’s Party CLC 2009 6 of 8 GCSE DRAMA ASSESSMENT GRADES Grade criteria should be shared with pupils at the beginning of Year 10. Wherever possible, these grades should be used for practical work throughout the course, enabling students to track their progress. Any written work not given a grade should be marked out of 10 (in accordance with the whole school marking policy.) GRADE A I can: recall, select and communicate detailed knowledge and thorough understanding of plays and other types of drama apply and adapt effectively a wide range of practical skills and work very productively with others evaluate, reflect and critically comment on my own contribution and the work of others using justified and in-depth arguments. use sophisticated theatre terminology accurately and appropriately. GRADE C I can: recall, select and communicate sound knowledge and understanding of plays and other types of drama demonstrate secure practical skills and work with others in an acceptable manner evaluate, reflect and comment on my own contribution and the work of others use theatre terminology accurately and appropriately. GRADE F I can: recall, select and communicate basic knowledge and understanding of plays and other types of drama use a limited range of practical skills, sometimes applying them appropriately whilst working with others provide a basic critical response at a simplistic and generalised level CLC 2009 7 of 8 A-LEVEL DRAMA Students have 14/15 periods of drama per fortnightly timetable and follow the Edexcel syllabus (www.edexcel.org.uk), which is a two year course. 1) AS: Units 1 and 2 2) A2: Units 3 and 4 There is an even split between practical and written examination and coursework. In the Department Office, you will find: Schemes of work for AS coursework Unit 1 (‘A Doll’s House’/ ‘Ui) Exemplar student coursework for Units 1 and 3 Possible scripts for practical examination Unit 2 Past papers for the A2 written examinations (Unit 4) SOW on a variety of other practitioners COURSE STRUCTURE Year 12 – AS THEATRE STUDIES Autumn Term: Exploration of Text/Study of Theatre Practitioner - ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ / Brecht and ‘A Doll’s House’ / Stanislavski Evaluation of Live Theatre Performance Spring Term: 2A Monologue/Duologue performance with written concept 2B Group performance of a published play Summer Term Mock written examination (based on Unit 2) Introduction to two further theatre practitioners Year 13 – A2 THEATRE STUDIES Autumn Term: Unit 3 Devising practical exam Introduction to Unit 4A text (‘Lysistrata’) Spring Term: Unit 3 Devising SWED Unit 4A/4B teaching Summer Term: Unit 4 written examination preparation CLC 2009 8 of 8 GENERAL INFORMATION Sample schemes of work can be found in the Department Office and in ‘Staff Shares.’ Drama lessons take place in the Drama Workshop and Room 48. If a lesson is displaced due to exams/or for another reason, a list of the new rooming will be on email. There is a costume cupboard adjoined to the Drama Workshop and a props room in the Learning Support Area which 6th form students can use with permission of a drama teacher. No students are allowed onto the balcony in the Drama Workshop without teacher permission. DVD and video players can be hired from the library. Projectors and computer equipment are in the office and can be hired from ICT. The lighting desk for use in the Drama Workshop is kept in a locked cupboard and can be accessed by teachers and 6 th form technical prefects. 6th form Drama prefects are responsible for Lower School Drama/Dance club under teacher supervision. Any students causing significant cause for concern (disruption/lack of homework etc) should be sent to the Curriculum Area Manager. Merits can be awarded at KS3 for excellent work.