Drama KS4

KS4 overview.

Year 10

  • Monologues – pupils develop their own monologue and perform.
  • Theatre History – pupils will look at the origin of theatre including Greek, Commedia Dell Arte, Pantomime.
  • Introduction to Practitioners – pupils will explore the acting and devising theories of a range of practitioners including, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud and Boal.
  • Exam unit Theatre Review – pupils will watch a performance and write their Controlled Assessment Theatre Review.
  • Introduction to Stimulus – pupils will explore a range of different stimuli and how these can be developed into a devised performance.
  • Unit 1 Controlled Assessment – pupils will complete 6 hours of video practical exam sessions on the topic of conflict, using drama strategies to explore from stimulus. Pupils then complete their written evaluations through controlled coursework conditions.

Year 11

  • Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – pupils will study a text (usually Blood Brothers) they will then complete 6 hours of video practical exam sessions and complete their matching Controlled Assessment in written coursework.
  • Story Telling and Devising – pupils will be asked to study the structure of performance where they will explore the ways in which audience intention can be met with effect. This will be done through the use of stimulus.
  • Performance Exam – pupils will work in groups to create and devise a performance that will be shown to an external examiner. They will be working from a stimulus set by the exam board.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

Pupils will use relevant websites to research the history of the Greeks for theatre plays used in practical performances.

Blood Brother texts are available in school for pupils to use and computer rooms are assigned to complete relevant research for Controlled Assessments.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Pupils’ confidence levels amongst their peers are increased greatly through drama in KS4. This enables them to feel more confident as young adults within society, particularly when looking into work or Further Education opportunities.

Pupils gain an appreciation of others’ work through involvement of being a member of an audience and being part of a cast. This enables them to develop excellent team morals which are required to be successful in life.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Pupils are expected to be committed to drama practical performances and complete rehearsals after school and during lunchtimes accordingly. These will be more demanding during Year 11 to prepare for practical exams.

Pupils will attend the theatre to see the production set for the Controlled Assessment.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

Pupils who aspire to go into the performing arts sector will move onto colleges and sixth forms that specialist in this area – many of our pupils wishing to pursue a career in the Arts move on to colleges such as BOA.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

All text books and practical props and costumes required for exam are provided by the school.

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