What will your child be learning?  

Your child will begin the year by exploring a variety of performance skills that are needed to produce an effective piece of drama. Students then apply this work to a range of genres including Pantomime (oh yes they do…) and Shakespeare. They end the year by creating original pieces for the year 7 Drama Festival.

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performances, devised work and their understanding of drama (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them any opportunity you can to see live drama performances. Encourage them to get involved in our extra-curricular work!

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

What will your child be learning?  

Your child will begin the year by developing their use of voice and attempting different accents. They then explore some scripted pieces and look at units relating to naturalism and status. The final project of the year involves them devising some ‘twisted fairy tales’ for the year 8 Drama Festival.

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performances, devised work and their understanding of drama (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them any opportunity you can to see live drama performances. Encourage them to get involved in our extra-curricular work!

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

What will your child be learning?  

The year curriculum pushes students to explore a range of different performance genres. Students begin the year creating a Theatre in Education piece to perform to the year 7s. They then develop their use of masks, attempt some physical theatre and finish the year with some improvised comedy. 

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performances, devised work and their understanding of drama (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them any opportunity you can to see live drama performances. Encourage them to get involved in our extra-curricular work!

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  GCSE Drama        

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

The course will develop your skills in 3 areas:  performing, devising and understanding drama.

You will study a wide range of drama techniques and explore the work of leading drama practitioners.

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Performing coursework (20{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – you will perform 2 sections from one play.

Devising coursework (40{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – you will devise and perform your own piece of drama work and then analyse and evaluate your own work.

Understanding drama exam (40{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – this is a combination of short responses and longer answers to questions about a play you have studied and a live theatre performance you have seen. 

 

What do current students say about the course?

“This is my favourite lesson of the week.  The atmosphere is different to other lessons and I like the creative freedom I have to express myself in my own way.”

 

Am I suited to Drama?

You will need to be creative, open minded and able to work productively with others!

 

 

 

 

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  Dance 

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

GCSE Dance explores 3 main topic areas:

  • Performance – the development of physical, technical and expressive skills. These include: posture; alignment; balance; isolation; dynamics; spatial design; focus; phrasing and many other skills.  You will work towards the performance of a one minute solo and a three minute duet or trio.
  • Choreography – discover how to select movement content that communicates choreographic intent. Learn about the choreographic process, how to use choreographic devices and effective relationships between dancers.  You will produce a piece of solo or group choreography with duration of approximately three minutes.
  • Appreciation – learn how to critically analyse your own work and that of professional choreographers. You will develop your ability to describe, interpret, evaluate and reflect. You will study an anthology of six professional dances in a range of dance styles.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Assessment:

  • Practical assessment of performance; solo and duet/trio (30{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591} of GCSE).
  • Practical assessment of choreography; solo or group choreography (30{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591} of GCSE).
  • 1 ½ hour written exam based on subject knowledge and critical appreciation (40{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591} of GCSE).

 

What do current students say about the course?

“GCSE Dance is my favourite lesson.  I like how you are given the freedom to choreograph your own dances.  I have developed as a performer as I now have more confidence and my choreography has become more advanced.”  (Kiah Worley, Year 11.)

 

Am I suited to Dance?

Are you:

  • Passionate about dance?
  • Driven to find out how you can improve your performance?
  • Excited to develop your ability to choreograph your own dances?
  • Interested in studying professional dance works?

Then take GCSE Dance!