Welcome to the Drama department
Phase 3 – Year 10
In year 10 we begin the year further developing students’ knowledge of Component 1; the written exam. We spend time revising over Section A (multiple choice) and Section B (Blood Brothers); further developing the correct writing technique. As well as this, students take part in a series of further style workshops, recapping previous styles covered and being introduced to new styles and practitioners including; Alecky Blythe, The Paperbirds and Artuad. Term one culminates in a mock Component 2 performance where students are required to devise a piece of theatre to perform in front of an audience. Students plan, rehearse and perform a piece of theatre, in their chosen style within a group. As well as this, students complete their ‘Devising Log’ about the processes. This consists of 3 sections and totals no more than 1200 words.
The second term focuses on section C of Component 1 (response to live theatre) as well as completing a mock Component 3 scripted performance where students are required to perform two extracts from a given script applying their performance skills in order to demonstrate an interpretation that is wholly appropriate to the playwright’s intentions and well as the narrative and style of the play.
The final term sees the student complete their first piece of coursework; Component 2: Devising theatre.
Phase 3 – Year 11
In year 11 the first term is solely focused on skills building. Firstly, we further develop written skills in preparation for component two through identifying the cohorts weaker areas and refining them. We also focus on developing the weaker areas of component 3 (scripted performance) as identified from the mock in year 10.
The second term sees students complete their final Component 3 exam where students can choose their own script (with guidance) and perform two extracts in front of an external examiner. Alongside this, all areas of the written exam are further developed, with students continuing to complete mock papers and refining their skills. This exam takes place in May, after which the course is completed.
Specification – AQA GCSE Drama https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261
Useful websites –
- Students have all of the resources shared in lessons posted onto their Google Classroom – the is an excellent revision tool for them.
Revision guides –
- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Blood Brothers Play Guide for AQA GCSE Drama by Annie Fox, ISBN: 1911208705 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911208705/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-yTLDbWHB5QYQ
- New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Play Guide – Blood Brothers (CGP GCSE Drama 9-1 Revision), ISBN: 1782949666 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1782949666/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6xTLDbVA1VB6K
- Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern Classics) by Willy Russell, ISBN: 0413767701 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0413767701/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MyTLDbNGHRCBZ
Where Drama can lead to:
Many students who study GCSE Drama go on to continue their studies through A-level Drama and Theatre or Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts at sixth form or college. Many further this with a Drama or Performing Arts Based course at university or training at a Performing Arts School.
This course is also excellent for any students wanting to work in a profession that requires high levels of communication, teamwork and people skills.
Students may pursue a career in the Performing Arts industry, be it performing on cruise ships, securing acting roles on stage or screen.
Other students may pursue work in media, journalism or other creative arts.
Many students use drama to help them in a range of different careers such as Politics, Law, Medicine, Teaching and many others.
Performing Arts can open many doors as it teaches skills that are fully transferable in all avenues of life and highly desired by employers.
Performing Arts Extra Curricular
The learning doesn’t end in the classroom, in Performing Arts we offer a range of extra-curricular activities to support our students progress within our subject areas. We offer a range of clubs in order to allow our students to become part of the school community, working as a team with all other year groups. We also offer a range of off island theatre trips each academic year so that our students can fully understand the success that they can strive towards in their own careers.
We also work in partnership with the Isle of Wight music hub to offer students peripatetic lessons in a range of instruments – http://www.iowmusichub.org/
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Clubs on offer:
- Summer Production – Usually a winter production, this year we will be moving our production to the summer term in order to ensure the safety of our students and the public. Students from all year groups audition to be part of the whole school production. They can take a range of roles, from performer or dancer, to set designer, lighting or sound technician, costume, hair and make-up and backstage crew. They rehearse twice a week after school.
- Drama Club – This club is open to students from all year groups to develop their skills in Drama and performance. They meet once a week in the Spring term learning new drama games and developing performance work.
- Dance Festival – This is a club lead by Phase 3 students and starting from term 2, we work as an ensemble perform a piece of dance in the Dance festival that takes place at Shanklin Theatre. Rehearsals take place after school.
- Bay Elite – ‘Bay Elite’ is our Dance team. Auditions take place in term 2 and students attend rehearsals once a week to learn a series of routines to perform at various events. Rehearsals take place after school.
- Voices of the Bay – ‘Voices of the Bay’ is our choir club who rehearse during lunchtimes twice a week. They practice a range of modern songs to perform at school events as well as other music events outside of the school.
- Guitar Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the guitar. We have 20 fully working guitars that students can practice using. This club meets once a week after school.
- Keyboard Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the keyboard / piano. We have over 20 fully working keyboards that students can practice using as well as a number of pianos. This club meets once a week after school.