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Drama Curriculum Overview Statement

The Drama curriculum at Poole Grammar School has three elements:

1) Intent: What do we learn?

2) Implementation: How do we learn it?

3) Impact: How do we know we have been successful?

Intent

Drama is taught in Years 7-13 at Poole Grammar School. All lessons are taught by experienced subject specialists. Drama is an option at GCSE (Years 10 & 11). We believe that students should experience a broad and balanced Arts curriculum at Poole Grammar School, which is why we stipulate the learning of Drama, Music and Art at Key Stages 3.

Typically, each half term during the academic year is devoted to one topic/theme area of the scheme of work. Year 7 is an Introduction to skills development, Year 8 is a run through the History of Theatre, whilst Year 9 looks at more contemporary themes and styles of theatre.  

In Drama lessons, students develop their competencies in key skills areas (Scripted work and devised work, reading, writing and acting). Students also have the opportunity to develop a number of soft skills such as confidence, creativity, problem-solving and citizenship/ social awareness.

The Drama curriculum is ambitious and appropriate for all learners. All teaching staff in the department are degree-qualified and possess the necessary skills to adapt lesson content to the needs of all students. A considerable amount of time each year is devoted to the evaluation of programmes of study with changes being implemented as and when required.

Implementation

Learning is coherently embedded through the development of Drama knowledge and skills over time and through overlapping concepts of improvisation, devising and scripted work. Students are assessed at three points during the academic year and these tests are usually practical and skills-based, except for GCSE and A Level where the assessments include a wider range of written work content and performance skills including directing theatre and technical theatre.

Schemes of Work

All students at Poole Grammar School study the following topics in Drama lessons (2020-2021):

  

Year 7

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Autumn 1

Introduction to Drama

Improvisation

Make a Monster

Autumn 2

Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations

Scripted and devised Drama

Selected scene from play

Spring 1

Monologue

Improvisation and scripting

Solo Monologue

Spring 2

Devised Theatre- Docudrama

Devising and scripting

Performance of devised piece

Summer 1

Study of a comedy play texts

Scripted acting

Selected scene from play

Summer 2

Holidays – Stimuli

Improvisation

Holiday advert performance

Year 8

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Autumn 1

Greek Theatre & Oedipus

Chorus, Mask work and devising

Performance of Oedipus

Autumn 2

Medieval Theatre and Morality

Improvisation

Performance of 7 Deadly Sins

Spring 1

Intro to Shakespeare plays

Script work and devising

Performance of play extract

Spring 2

Shakespeare Comedy

Script and devising work

Performance of devised piece

Summer 1

The Identification

Devising

Performance of devised piece

Summer 2

Film Trailers – Stimuli

Improvisation

Performance of Improvisation

Year 9

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Autumn 1

Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

Script and devising work

Performance of play extract

Autumn 2

GCSE Devised Stimuli

Devised Non-Naturalistic Drama

Performance of devised piece

Spring 1

Spring 2

GCSE text The Dumb Waiter

Duologue Script work – Naturalism

Performance of play extract

Summer 1

Commedia Dell Arte –

Physical Theatre

Physical Comedy Improvisation

Improvised Physical Performance

Summer 2

GCSE Reviewing Live/recorded Theatre

Writing – Analysis and Evaluation

Written evaluation of Live Theatre

KS4 AQA GCSE Drama

Year 10

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Autumn 1

Introduction to GCSE Drama and Live Theatre evaluation – Theatre Trip

Acting skills – Style and Genre

Writing skills – analysis and evaluation

Live Production exam essay

Autumn 2

Devising Drama

Devising – acting-script writing

Mock Devised Performance and Written Portfolio 2500 words

Spring 1

Spring 2

Set Text – The Crucible

Exam questions writing and acting skills

Written exam answers and performance work

Summer 1

Set Text – The Crucible

Exam questions writing and acting skills

Performance of set text in small groups – Mock Practical Exam

Summer 2

Set Text – The Crucible and Live Production Theatre Trip

Exam Writing Skills

Mock Written exam

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Year 11

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Autumn 1

Devising Drama

and theatre trip

Devising – acting-script writing

Final Devised Performance and Written Portfolio 2500 words

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Scripted Plays

and theatre trip

Scripted acting  and writing skills analysis and evaluation

Final Scripted Performance-

External Examiner

Live Production essays

Spring 2

Summer 1

Final Exam Preparation – The Crucible and Live Production

Writing – analysis and evaluation

Final Written Exam

1 hour 45 minutes

 KS5 AQA A Level Drama and Theatre – Joint course with Parkstone Grammar School  

Year

12

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Poole

Parkstone

Poole

Parkstone

Poole

Parkstone

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

Scripted

20th Century Plays

Live Production

Theatre Trip 

Set Text A

Antigone

Acting and directing skills

Writing analysis and evaluation

Writing –

Acting and Directing skills

Performance of Script

Extract 1

Exam essay

Live Production

Exam essay

Set text A

Spring 1

Spring 2

Scripted Drama

20th Century Plays

Acting and directing skills

Performance of

Script  Extract 2

Summer 1

Mock Exam Preparation

Live Production

Mock Exam Preparation

Set Texts

Writing analysis and evaluation

Acting and directing skills

Mock Written exam

Set Text A – Live Production

2 hours

Summer 2

Devised Theatre Research and Development

Set Text B 

Metamorphosis

Acting and directing skills

 

Writing –

Acting and Directing skills

n/a

Exam essay

Set text B

 

Year

13

Topic

Skills

Assessment

Poole

Parkstone

Poole

Parkstone

Poole

Parkstone

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

Monologue

Devised Theatre &

Working Notebook

Live Production Theatre Trip

Solo Acting skills

Devising Drama

Writing skills -Working Notebook

Writing analysis and evaluation

 

Performance of Monologue

Performance of Devised piece

and Working Notebook            3000 words

Spring 1

Scripted Drama

Extract 3

Mock Exam Preparation

Set Text A+B

Acting and directing skills

Writing –

Acting and Directing skills

Mock Written Exam

3 hours

Live Production and Set Texts

Spring 2

Scripted Drama

Extract 3

Acting and directing skills

Final Practical Scripted

Extract 3 Exam

External Examiner

Summer 1

Exam Prep

Live Production

Exam Prep

Set Texts A+B

Writing – analysis and evaluation

Writing –

Acting and Directing skills

Final Written Exam

3 hours  

Impact

The way Drama are taught at Poole Grammar School ensures that all learning is challenging, well-pitched and enjoyable. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study Drama, so that they leave the school with an awareness and appreciation of all areas of the performing and creative arts.  

By the end of Key Stage 3, students will be able to respond to a number of different stimuli to create a range of performance work in small groups, pairs and solo. Students will be able to recognise and use a range of dramatic techniques to create their work. Students will be able to understand how Drama developed through history and understand a number of different styles and genres. Students will be able to analyse/evaluate their work and the work of their peers. 

By the end of Key Stage 4, students will be able to understand and respond in detail to a set play text displaying a knowledge for the style, genre and historical context of the text. Students will be able analyse and evaluation the work of professional theatre companies and performers.    Students will be able to perform high quality devised and scripted performance work under the pressure of exam conditions. Students will be able to write about the process of making theatre in a portfolio and analyse/evaluate their own performance work.

By the end of Key Stage 5, students will be able to understand and respond in great detail to an extensive range of plays texts and practitioners from across theatre history. Students will be able to recognise and implement a wide range of dramatic theory and vocabulary in their working notebook writing with creating original devised work. Students will also show an appreciation of live theatre work and the dramatic aims of a production team. Students at Key Stage 5 will be proficient at producing fluent and engaging pieces of practical work and extended exam writing skills that are akin to that of undergraduate Drama student.