Subjects

Drama

Why study Drama?

RSL DRAMA IS A PROGRESSION FROM STUDYING DRAMA AT KS3. THIS ROUTE IS A VERY PRACTICAL COURSE WHICH WILL DEVELOP YOUR PERFORMANCE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF ACTING TECHNIQUES.

It will prepare you for progression to study Drama at A-Level or Level 3 at college.

How will I be assessed?

There are two units, weighted 50% each, for the assessment.

Live Performance – Externally assessed controlled assessment (exam) – 50%

You will work with an allocated group to prepare a performance piece for assessment. This is prepared, performed and evaluated under exam conditions so you will need to be able to work independently to plan your project accordingly. You will submit a film of your final performance and a written portfolio tracking your development. This assessment takes place in Y11 of the course.

Vocal Techniques – Internally assessed unit (coursework) – 50%

You will learn about vocal techniques, safe warm up and working practices, vocal projection, articulation, diction and other vocal skills required for performance. You will gain appropriate knowledge of using microphones and apply this in a performance of a play text. You will submit recordings of your work – development and final performance and a written portfolio to demonstrate your progress made.

What will I study?

You will develop skills learnt throughout Years 7 and 8 and refine vocal and movement techniques for performance.

You will learn how to direct performance and take a play from page to stage. You will learn warm up routines, develop independent working and tracking skills, knowledge and application of health and safety procedures, negotiation and communication skills and confidence in performing to an audience.

  • Acting Techniques – vocal and movement skills
  • Directing
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Life Skills – communication, negotiation, team working, presentation, self- evaluation and reflection, interpretation and evaluative

 

What are some of the skills I will need?

You must be a confident communicator and have a love of performing. You need to be able to work with others and be able to learn lines from play texts for performance. Basic knowledge of Drama skills and acting techniques from Year 7 and 8 is essential.

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Cowboys – Scripted Drama
  • Consequences – Scripted Drama and Devising
  • The Demon Barber – Scripted Drama
  • Physical Theatre – Devising

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher rehearsal observation, in-class performances, knowledge quizzes and tests and summative assessments at the end of each project.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Line learning – scripts will be sent via email or shared in Google Classrooms.
  • Character profile sheets for completion
  • Research projects about Drama styles and genres

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Silent Film – Devising
  • Blood Brother – Scripted Drama
  • Theatre History – Scripted Drama and Devising

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher rehearsal observation, in-class performances, knowledge quizzes and tests and summative assessments at the end of each project.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Line learning – scripts will be sent via email or shared in Google Classrooms.
  • Character profile sheets for completion
  • Research projects about Drama styles and genres

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • Vocal and Movement workshops
  • Storytelling
  • Performance and Production
  • Health and Safety practises

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher rehearsal observation, in-class and public performances, lesson quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each project and a mock exam for the Key Stage 4 RSL Level 2 course which they will undertake in Years 10 and 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Research projects – characters, authors, theatre styles and genres
  • Line learning
  • Students will be expected to rehearse with their fellow actors during their own time

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Unit 219 Vocal Techniques – Internally assessed unit for RSL Level 2 in Creative and Performing Arts

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using pre-written assessment criteria from the exam board. They will be assessed using teacher rehearsal observation, in-class and public performances, lesson quizzes and tests, completion of coursework to given deadlines.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Research projects – characters, authors, theatre styles and genres
  • Line learning
  • Students will be expected to rehearse with their fellow actors during their own time

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • Unit 201 Live Performance – Externally assessed unit for RSL Level 2 in Creative and Performing Arts

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using pre-written assessment criteria from the exam board. They will be assessed using teacher rehearsal observation, in-class and public performances, lesson quizzes and tests, completion of coursework to given deadlines.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Research projects – characters, authors, theatre styles and genres
  • Line learning
  • Students will be expected to rehearse with their fellow actors during their own time