Curriculum

 

Key Curriculum Priorities:

Pupils study drama one lesson a week throughout KS3. The priorities are the assessment objectives linked directly to the GCSE studied at KS4. These objectives sit under three headings:

1) Understanding Drama

2) Devising Drama

3) Texts in Practice

All schemes taught in KS3 are linked to these key components at KS4, to assist the best outcomes should pupils opt to study Drama at GCSE level.

Alongside these learning objectives we also recognise the significance of our subject in developing key skills for life in our young people:

1) Communication

2) Confidence

3) Empathy for others

4) Understanding of the world

5) Organisation

6) Focus

7) Leadership

8) Creativity

We are proud that many of the girls studying drama also become head girls, leaders and peer mentors in school.

AQA GCSE Drama

At KS4 pupils can opt to study GCSE Drama, as part of a broad curriculum. Our current exam board is AQA.

Teaching and Learning

Pupils learn through doing primarily in drama. We explore many different scenarios that we feel will develop pupils understanding not only of drama but of the world in which we live. Lessons are practically based, with written logs, reviews and evaluations. We aim to make our lessons stimulating in order to create an inquisitive environment where the girls feel safe to express themselves and explore their potential.

Home study

Home study is set every lesson at KS3 and according to the timetable and exam requirements at KS4. In drama home study is a mix of both practical and written work. At KS4 pupils’ home study is heavily focused on rehearsal, with commitment required for lunchtime and after school rehearsals.

Assessment

At KS3 formative assessment is continuous, with pupils receiving both peer and teacher feedback during lessons. Summative assessment is given each half term in pupil’s books, following the Assessment Objective Grid. Assessment tasks are a mix of both practical and written work.

At KS4 assessment is heavily linked to the requirements of the exam syllabus. The GCSE in Drama contains two primarily practical units, where pupils explore a range of performance ideas. Pupils also have a written exam paper at the end of the course.