Curriculum | Drama
Performing Arts at Levenshulme aims to unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage.
Year 7 – 5 periods as part of the ‘Dream Day’ curriculum
Year 8 – 1 period of Drama or Music on rotation every half term.
Year 9 – 1 period of Drama or Music
Options offered at the end of Year 9:
GCSE Drama (AQA)
Performing Arts AQA Technical Award.
In year 7, pupils follow the Dream Day curriculum. This allows them to explore a full day’s learning within each Expressive Arts area (Drama, Music, Art and EPR) every Half Term. Pupils will explore their place within school, within the wider community, and globally. Topics include: Inside Out, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Secret Garden, Myths, Folk Tales and Mime. Students will develop use of Drama skills in all these topics and also develop literacy skills in journal writing. All resources add preparation for sessions will be available on the VLE.
In Years 7&8 students will continue to build on and develop a range of skills and techniques in Drama in six week rotations. They explore these through a variety of themes and also learn about different styles of Drama. All students develop performance skills and learn to evaluate their own practice as well as that of their peers. Topics include; Magic, Macbeth and Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time. Students will be asked to develop research and reflection skills also. All topics are supported on the VLE.
In Year 9 students follow the structure of the AQA Drama GCSE course. They focus on performance tasks but will be expected to keep a detailed drama journal in which they develop note taking skills as well as detailed evaluations and be expected to do independent research tasks. They will develop both scripted and devised performance skills during the year. They keep a reflective journal in which a record of development and evaluations are recorded. Topics include; Greek Theatre, Gothic Horror, Taming of the Shrew/Hamlet: an in-depth study of Shakespeare, DNA and Monologues. All topics are supported on the VLE
Options offered at the end of Year 9
Exam Board: AQA
Component 1- written exam 40%
Component 2: devised drama 30 %
Component 3: scripted performance of two extracts from the same play 30%
In Year 10Students begin the year by preparing for and performing in the Shakespeare for Schools national performance. This helps develop drama skills. They will also learn about the world of Theatre. In year 10 students will also be expected to complete Component 2, the devising unit, which includes a detailed devising log with 20% of the marks for that component. The performance itself is worth 10% of the marks.
In Year 11, exam. The year will begin with a focus on completing the scripted performance for Component Three and then the rest of the year is dedicated to Component one in preparation for the written This includes the study of the set text: Hansel and Gretel, and also the study of a live performance.
Students prepare for the written paper with ongoing written evaluations but also through the use of PPE’s to practice working under exam conditions.
Performing Arts AQA Technical Award.
Unit 1: Unlocking Creativity – Presentation and performance log. 30%
Unit 2: The Performance – Performance and log book. 30%
Unit 3: The Performing Arts Experience – Written exam. 40%
In Year 10 students begin the year preparing for and performing in the Shakespeare for Schools national performance. This will allow the students to see every aspect of what makes up a performance, in this they will be in charge of the budget and also be marketing the piece. After this the students will take part in several masterclasses with industry professionals learning performance and stage roles. The students will then get a brief and design a performance based on this, before pitching this as their Unit 1 performance.
In Year 11 students will have to create every element of a large scale production, from set design, to script writing to hair and makeup. This will accumulate in a final performance which will be marked internally. The rest of the year will be focussed on Unit 3 in which the students will take a written exam on everything that they have taken part in within year 10 and the start of year 11. This will also include a study of a live performance.