Performing Arts at Levenshulme aims to unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage.

Head of Drama

Ms A. Mian (amian@levenshulmehigh.co.uk)

Curriculum Overview

  • 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)
  • BTEC tech awards – Performing Arts – Pearson

Topics Covered

Year 7

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: Mime, Matilda, The Secret Garden, Shakespeare, Greek Myths, and Folk Tales. Students will develop use of Drama skills in all these topics and also develop literacy skills in journal writing. All resources and preparation for sessions will be available on the VLE.

Year 8

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; The Phantom of the Opera, Alice in Wonderland 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.

Year 9

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

GCSE Drama: We follow the AQA GCSE Drama course (8261)

The course is divided into three areas of study which are assessed independently of each other:

  • Understanding drama
  • Devising drama
  • Texts in practice

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six
  • 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
  • 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)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

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

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

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 chosen 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.

Units studied in Year 10

Students begin the year with the preparation and performance of a scripted play. this is to develop practical skills and gain confidence in performance. They will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities within the world of Theatre.
The focus then turns to Devising Drama, which is worth 40% of the GCSE. Students work in groups to create a devised performance based on a range of stimuli. They also complete the devising log for this component.
Live performance review is explored and a mock question is prepared and delivered.
Students read and begin a practical exploration of the set text.

Units studied in Year 11

The year will begin with a focus on text in practice. students work in groups or pairs to prepare an interpretation of two extracts from a play. a range of plays are chosen to best showcase students talents.
the focus then returns to the written exam: Understanding Drama. students revisit the set text with a detailed focus on exam preparation. the live theatre review section is supported by a visit to the theatre as well as detailed exploration of the play seen. Students prepare for the written paper with ongoing exam practice to help revise and further develop knowledge of drama as well as develop exam technique.

BTEC Tech Award, Performing arts, Pearson

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Component 3: Responding to a Brief

For this unit the students will be assessed internally through the research and preparation for a performance. Students will explore a range of Drama Styles and practitioners for components one and two. This will also include some Theatre visits so that students can develop a good understanding of a range of Theatre.

Units studied in Year 10
Performance: students will prepare a practical performance for unit two. In this unit the entire unit will be marked on what you do practically. You will have to create a performance either on your own or small groups from an already existing script. This performance will be recorded and internally assessed.

This unit is internally assessed by your teachers and is worth 30%.

Units studied in Year 11
Students will have to create a log book/presentation to show their exploration of acting and live performances. Throughout this unit the students will be able to produce public performances that will be assessed by the course leader.

Students will then have to create a presentation that will be assessed internally.

This unit is worth 30% and is internally assessed by your teachers.

Component Three
Responding to a Brief requires learners to apply performances skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus developing group performance workshop for a selected audience. This module will be externally assessed and allows the student to major in the aspect of theatre that they are most interested in, from acting, to writing, to costume design.

This unit is worth 40% and is externally assessed.

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