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Aims


The Drama Department encourages students to express themselves through drama and present their ideas to each other. Students will develop qualities of intuition, imagination, exploration, analysis and critical reflection. They will learn to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of theatre.

 

 

KS3 Drama

Students’ drama skills are developed in years 7 and 8 through a variety of Schemes of Work, giving them the foundation to opt for Drama GCSE in year 9, as well as developing important life skills such as co-operation, communication and concentration.  The work offers a wide range of drama disciplines, including physical theatre, improvisation and devising, interpretation of scripts and getting to grips with performing Shakespeare.

KS4 Drama

KS4 AQA DRAMA GCSE (8261)

C1 UNDERSTANDING DRAMA

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six. ("The 39 Steps")
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Open book
80 marks
40% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

C2 DEVISING DRAMA

What's assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed
THREE Devising logs (60 marks)
Devised performance (20 marks)
80 marks in total
40% of GCSE
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

C3 SET TEXT

What's assessed

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer).  Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosed for Component 1 

How it's assessed
Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
40 marks in total
20% of GCSE
This component is marked by AQA

 

KS5 Drama and Theatre Studies

AQA A' LEVEL DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES

C1 INTERPRETING DRAMA

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of seven
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
Open book
80 marks
40% of AS

Questions

  • Section A: one two part question (from a choice) on a given extract from the set play chosen (25 marks per part, 50 marks in total)
  • Section B: one two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

C2 PROCESS AND PERFORMANCE

What's assessed

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (Extract 1 and 2) each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 2.
  • Extract 2 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).  
  • Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance.

How it's assessed
Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)
Portfolio (30 marks)
60 marks in total
60% marks of AS

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

 

Drama Calendar 2017 - 2018

 

11 October Blue Remembered Hills' C3 performance A' Level drama
16 October "The Play that goes Wrong" theatre visit Year 9 GCSE drama
17 October "The Play that goes Wrong" - Stage-ed workshop (At Knole Academy) Year 9, 10 and 11 GCSE drama
3 November Stan Vs Bert performance/workshop Year 9 GCSE/A' Level drama
10 November "39 Steps" workshop Year 10 and 11 GCSE drama
6 December "Daisy Pulls It Off" GCSE C3 performance Year 9 GCSE drama
7 December NY live theatre visit "Young Marx" Orpington Odeon cinema A' Level drama
15 December Pantomine performance to Year 7 A' Level drama
9 January Frantic Assembly workshop Year 9, 10, 11 GCSE and A' Level drama
24 January "DNA" C3 performance Year 10 GCSE drama
8 February LAMDA/A level C3 duologue performance evening LAMDA candidates/A' Level drama
9 February LAMDA examinations LAMDA candiates
28 February "The Woman in Black" theatre visit Year 9, 10, 11 GCSE and A' Level drama
22 March NT live theatre visit "Julius Caeser" Orpington Odeon cinema A' Level drama
26 March "The play about a Bank robbery" theatre trip Year 9, 10, 11 GCSE and A' Level drama
25 April "School of Rock" theatre trip Year 8 cohort
30 April Theatre trip - matinee Year 7 cohort
4 May Churchill War Rooms visit A' Level drama
10 May "A Servant of Two Masters" performance A' Level drama

 

 

Additional Opportunities in Drama

LAMDA Examination classes

LAMDA examination classes are open to anyone wishing to work towards sitting LAMDA examinations. Usually, students work towards exams in Acting (learning scripts) but some may prefer other options such as Verse and Prose (Poems and sections from novels), Reading for Performances (sight reading), Spoken English (speeches), Public Speaking (speeches), Mime or Devised Performance.
 

Aims:

· to improve standards in communication through the spoken word
· to foster an appreciation of literature and drama
· to acknowledge levels of achievement
· to provide a framework in which individual talent can grow
· to support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.


LAMDA examination classes are designed to equip you, whatever your age and aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve you throughout your life.

Preparation for an examination can:

· unlock the imagination
· develop communication skills
· refine technical artistry.


The examination itself provides you with an opportunity to:

· measure progress against an internationally applied standard
· make contact with expert assessors outside the immediate teaching environment
· receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development
· build self-confidence and self-esteem
· acquire skill certification
· receive a record of personal achievement.

 

LAMDA Examinations and the UCAS Tariff

Students achieving Grades 6,7,and 8 will be able to claim UCAS points for entry to university. This will affect students entering university in 2008+.  For example, a Distinction in a Grade 8 exam would give 65 points - the equivalent of being between a 'Higher' A and B; a Merit would be comparable to a 'Higher' B.  Classes are of 30 minutes duration and run every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.40pm in the Drama room.

Prospectus

We invite you to take a look through the Knole Academy prospectus to discover the wealth of opportunities available.

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