Drama

 

  Head of Drama: Ms N Guy

  guyn@maghullhigh.com

Updated Documentation for GCSE Drama 2018

 

 

Parent letter

OCR GCSE Grade Boundaries - 2018

 

OCR Assessment Criteria - Devising

About the Drama Curriculum 

Our drama curriculum has been designed to be practical, engaging and creative. It will provide opportunities to understand and create drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through informed artistic choices. The main purpose of our curriculum is to allow learners to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work. It will prepare learners for the study of GCSE Drama or Performing Arts courses as well as developing transferable skills desired by other curriculum areas and employers. 

Our curriculum will help create independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that can make them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment. Our schemes of learning provide a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. The non-written assessment allows learners to explore their own interests and develop their skills in performance and design. It also provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work while developing their own style. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure an inclusive approach, allowing all learners to achieve their potential. We have looked closely at creating assessments, which stem from teaching and learning and the study of drama, ensuring that the focus is on what is best for the learner. 

Assessment in drama 

Assessment is used as a means to improve your child’s ability to learn; their knowledge, their understanding and their skills. There will be a combination of Assessment for Learning tasks and Summative Assessments. 

Assessment for Learning 

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and as such, AfL will be present in all drama lessons as an on going and continuous process. Some AfL assessments will be extended tasks. These can be thought of as ‘Checking Progress’ activities. Following an assessment of this type there will be detailed feedback, and our pupils will be expected to reflect and act upon that feedback during a process called Dedicated Improvement Time. This provides opportunities for students to develop further their knowledge, skills and understanding before the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment 

Summative assessments take place at the end of a unit of work and are usually a substantial piece of work. Summative assessments provide a summary judgment about what has been learned by each pupil at a specific point in time and show what students can achieve without support.  They also inform any subsequent intervention activities. Summative assessments will take a variety of forms, depending on the nature of the unit of work.  For example, in year 7 and 8 they are most likely to be rehearsal or performance assessments. In year 9, they may involve research and written tests. 

A new grading system is being introduced which indicates how well the students have understood that particular unit of work, based on their performance in the final assessment. This fits in with our aim to develop a secure understanding of the key ideas needed for successful performance in KS4.

Grading System for Year 7 and 8

Pupils are assessed using level descriptors. Assessment is used as a means to improve your child’s ability to learn; their knowledge, their understanding and their skills. The renewed focus on assessing without levels ensures pupil assessment provides an accurate picture of a pupil’s attainment and progress. In drama there is are specific descriptors for each scheme of learning,

GCSE and GCE Grading System 2017

Pupils studying exam courses are assessed using the exam board assessment criteria. Drama and Theatre Studies will be using the A-G grading until 2017. Our pupils follow the Pearson Edexcel Specification for GCSE and GCE courses.

GCSE (Year 9 – 11) from 2018

Pupils studying exam courses are assessed using the exam board assessment criteria. Drama and Theatre Studies will be using A-G grading and GCSE will be using the 9-1 Grading system. Our pupils follow the OCR Specification for GCSE and GCE courses.

Year 7 Scheme of Work Overview - Term 1

Year 7 Performance Descriptors Autumn Term 1- Acting Skills

Year 7 SoL Overview Spring Term 1

Year 7 SoL Overview - Spring Term 2

Year 7 SoL Overview Autumn Term 2

Year 8 Scheme of Work Overview

Year 8 Performance Descriptors - Elements of Drama

Year 8 SoL Overview Spring Term 1

Year 8 SoL Overview Spring Term 2

Year 8 SoL Overview- Autumn Term 2

Year 9 Scheme of Work - Overview Term 1

Year 9 SoL Overview - Autumn Term 1

Year 9 SoL Overview - Autumn Term 2

Year 9 SoL Overview - Spring Term 1

Year 9 SoL Overview- Spring Term 2

GCSE DRAMA

Why choose GCSE Drama?

Keeps the subject meaningful – It allows students to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.

A practical approach to assessment – There’s a high percentage of practical assessment in the non-examined assessment and a single portfolio assessment for students.

More choice – We offer a rigorous and comprehensive production option through separate marking criteria for the designer role.

Skills to help students stand out – The specification aims to create independent thinkers with skills in research, working with others, analysis, communication, time management, ICT, problem solving, planning and organising.

Key subject aims 

The Edexcel GCSE in Drama encourages students to:

  • Develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study 
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas 
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities 
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others 
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills 
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama 
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

GCSE Drama Year 11 – Summer 2017 (final year of specification)

OVERVIEW

 

NEW GCSE Drama 1- 9 – Summer 2018

 

Year 10 - Overview of Learning

 

 

GCE Drama and Theatre StudiesOCR GCE Theatre Studies 2018

Assessment

The OCR GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies course is a two year course and involves exploration of set texts, responding to live theatre, performing published plays and devising original work. Students are assessed through both written and practical coursework and exams.

Drama and Theatre Studies is a prestigious A Level qualification and Maghull High School has consistently been in the top 5% of all school and colleges to study this subject.  It opens up doors to a variety of careers. It is a difficult yet rewarding course. You will need resilience, energy and be prepared to work hard. Good combination subjects are English, History, Art, Design, Media and Production Arts . However, other subjects are equally acceptable. 

This course can lead you to study drama at university, drama school or a Performing Arts College. Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at a higher level, and progress to work in theatre, television, film and video. The course and the qualification could be invaluable in journalistic, teaching and legal professions.

When students study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting.

At Maghull High School we follow the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies A level course.  

Edexcel reference:  8DR01/9DR01.  

Study at AS level offers an opportunity to study plays from the perspective of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre, as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.

At A2 level the course will enable students to apply what they have learned and use their knowledge and skills in developing their own creative work.  In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures, gained from Advanced Subsidiary, to the creation of their own work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play, and to operate at a highly intellectual level, as well as at an extremely skilled practical level. The aim of the full Advanced GCE is to enable students to operate more autonomously and with confidence within a drama and theatre context.

Assessment

The Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies Course involves exploration of set texts, responding to live theatre, performing published plays and devising original work. Students are assessed through both written and practical coursework and exams.

Course Content - A2 Directing

Long Term Planning Year 12 A Level Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies Handbook 2016-18.pdf

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