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Drama

Curriculum Overview
CODE:

A Level:- OCR
GCSE:- OCR

COURSE DETAILS:

A LEVEL:

Component 1 ‘Practitioners in Practice’ (devised performance and coursework) 40%
Component 2 ‘Exploring and Performing Texts’ (scripted performance and coursework ) 20%
Component 3 'Analysing Performance’ (written examination) 20%
Component 4 ‘Deconstructing Texts for Performance’ (written examination) 20%

GCSE J316

Component 01/02 ‘Devising Drama’ (performance and coursework) 30%
Component 03 ‘Presenting and Performing Text’ (performance) 30%
Component 04 ‘Drama: Performance and Response’ (written examination) 40%

COURSE SUMMARY:

KEY STAGE 3:

Year 7:

  • Greek Theatre/Silent Movies/Commedia: students will explore the origins of theatre practically whilst learning tier three ‘dramatic terminology’ words.
  • Devising and Improvising: students will learn how to devise a performance collaboratively, based on a range of stimuli.
  • Storytelling: students will learn about the origins of fairy tales and their impact on modern culture. Students will also learn about Chamber Theatre and apply this in performance.
  • Stagecraft and the Theatremaker: students will study script extracts from Oliver Twist and consider how theatre-makers such as actors, directors and designers might realise their artistic vision.
  • Naturalism/ Physical and Vocal Skills: students will learn how to construct characters based on given circumstances.

At KS3, students are formally assessed once per term. This will include two practical assessments (autumn and summer terms) and one written examination (spring term).

Year 8:

  • Rehearsal Techniques: students will explore a range of rehearsal strategies whilst devising a performance based on a given stimulus.
  • Practitioners- Artaud: students will learn about Artaud, his life and his influence on modern culture.
  • Civil Rights: students will study key figures in the Civil Right Movement and how their actions influenced social change. Students will also look at the meaning of segregation through the study of literary work such as The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
  • Verbatim Theatre: Students will explore the work of Alecky Blythe using theatrical devices such as recorded delivery to create their own issue based performances.
  • Practitioners- Stanislavski through text: Students will study a DNA by Dennis Kelly as well as exploring aspects of The System. Students will perform two extracts under assessment conditions.

At KS3, students are formally assessed once per term. This will include two practical assessments (autumn and summer terms) and one written examination (spring term).

KEY STAGE 4:

Year 9:

  • Practitioners: Students will explore Frantic Assembly techniques and how to apply this in performance. Students will also learn about Brecht, his work and his influence on contemporary theatre.
  • Text in Performance: Students will study a range of texts and construct a performance with a clear artistic vision.
  • Devising: Students will complete a mock assessment in which they will collaborate on a devised performance based on a given stimulus. Students will perform for a target audience.

Students will be assessed on scripted and devised practical performances and their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performances through written coursework. They will complete a written exam in which they evaluate the performance of others. 

Year 10 & 11:

  • Students will study a set text in its entirety on both a practical and theoretical level in preparation for the written examination. Students will also observe live theatrical performance and evaluate the impact on them as an audience member.
  • Students will study a range of texts and will prepare two extracts from a chosen text to perform for a visiting moderator. Students will complete a four question pro-forma in which they identify their artistic vision, their impact on the audience and the overall effectiveness of their performance.
  • Students will create and perform a collaborative devised performance, originating from one of ten stimuli. Students will document, analyse and evaluate the creative process and final performance as a 10-20 page coursework portfolio (to be completed in year 10).
USEFUL LINKS:
 https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/drama-j316-from-2016/specification-at-a-glance/