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Dance and Drama

Dance and Drama

‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’ – Oscar Wilde

Introduction

“My name is Emily Clarkson and I am in Year 7. Drama is one of my favourite subjects in college and I have really enjoyed learning about silent movies, musical theatre and Bollywood this year. For me, drama is really fun and interesting because every lesson is different. Drama is great for making new friends and learning new skills, we all get mixed up with different people and have to communicate and work together as a team.  This year, I am playing Annie, one of the main roles in the college production, and I am really looking forward to it.”

KS3 Dance & Drama

What will I study?

In Years 7 and 8 you will be introduced to a range of drama conventions that are used to create interesting performances. You will work in groups to develop your creative skills and produce a number of different types of theatre throughout the two years. This will allow you to develop a number of social, negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as self-confidence and specific drama skills.  These include: improvisation, devising, audience awareness, vocal skills, movement memory, facial expressions and gesture.

You will work both individually and in groups and begin to learn how to evaluate your own work and the work of others. You will be assessed at the end of every term.

The topics studied at KS3 include drama conventions, silent movies, musical theatre, Bollywood, comedy and pantomime, street dance, physical theatre, script work and a stimulus arts project.

How will I be assessed?

Each topic is assessed in drama with twelve formal assessments in total at KS3. After every topic you will perform in front of your classmates demonstrating the skills that you have learnt and developed.

How can I stretch my learning?

Stretch your learning by attending the extra-curricular drama club which is held during lunch time and after college. It would also be extremely beneficial for you to take part in the college’s showcase and production.

Useful links

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama specification 2016: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

Edexcel GCSE Drama specification (legacy specification for the 2017 exam): http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2009.html

What will I study? 

This course is suitable for students who want a firm foundation in drama, learning to analyse script, devise, develop, interpret and communicate practical outcomes. By understanding the process involved in drama you will improve your own performance skills and develop your imagination and ability to create drama. You will learn how to communicate intention, both as an individual and as part of a group. You will develop the skill of working with others – teamwork, which is an essential skill for life. You will develop your critical skills, through evaluation, analysis and reflection.

How will I be assessed? 

Assessment Areas 

  • AO1: Recall, select, use and communicate your knowledge and understanding of drama in an effective manner to generate, explore and develop ideas  (35%)
  • AO2: Apply practical drama skills to communicate in a performance (40%)
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate your own work and the work of others using appropriate knowledge (25%)

Unit 1: Drama Exploration

You will be assessed internally under controlled conditions through a 6 hour practical exploration and a documentary response:

  • Six-hour practical exploration
  • Documentary response (recommended maximum 2000 words)

Unit 2: Exploring Play Text

You will be assessed internally under controlled conditions through a 6 hour practical exploration, a documentary response and a live performance review:

  • Six-hour practical exploration of the play text
  • Documentary response to practical exploration (recommended maximum 1000 words)
  • Documentary response to live theatre (recommended maximum 2000 words)

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for theatre. You will learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance.  A six-hour practical exploration of a chosen text will take place and you will provide a documentary response to support your understanding of the process.  You will also attend a live theatre production and write up an evaluation of the performance under class supervision.

Unit 3: Drama Performance 

Externally assessed under controlled conditions:

  • You will present your work as either performers or performance support students in a single performance to an examiner appointed by Edexcel.

Students can be examined in one of the following options:

  • Performance devised by the students from a stimulus chosen by the centre and related to the assignment brief
  • Performance of a complete short published play
  • Performance of an extract from a full length published play
  • Performance of an adaptation of a selection of scenes from a full length published play
  • Performance based on a full length published play using some of the original text with additional devised work based on the situations and roles in the original text
  • Performance of a Theatre in Education piece to a target audience chosen by the centre
  • Performance based on the assignment brief that can include devised work plus existing play texts, poetry, song lyrics and factual material

How can I stretch my learning? 

You can stretch your learning by attending the extra-curricular drama club which is held during lunch time and after college. It would also be extremely beneficial for you to take part in the college’s showcase and production.

Useful links 

BBC Drama Bitesize – http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs Edexcel GCSE Drama 2009 Specification – http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2009.html

GCSE Drama – New specification (2018 exam)

“My name is Emily Shameti and I am currently in Year 10 studying drama at GCSE. One of things I like about drama is that you get know everybody in your class because you are always working with new people. I also enjoy working with scripts and creating characters in lessons. One of my favourite moments in drama is when we went to Manchester to watch Cats the musical. It was such a great experience! I would definitely recommend taking drama as it has really boosted my confidence.”

GCSE Drama is a highly appealing course due to its diverse range of activities, combining both practical and theoretical approaches to learning. This combination of academic and creative challenge with a practical focus makes for a dynamic and engaging course. GCSE Drama enables students to learn to explore real life in a safe environment and prepares them for the wider world.

What will I study?

There are six areas of study. These are:

  • Character, Context & Plot
  • Structure, Audience & Defining Performance Space
  • Improvisation
  • Genre
  • Performance Style & Convention
  • The Semiotics of Drama & Theatre

This course is suitable for students who want a firm foundation in drama, learning to analyse script, devise, develop, interpret and communicate practical outcomes. By understanding the process involved in drama you will improve your own performance skills and develop your imagination and ability to create drama. You will learn how to communicate intention, both as an individual and as part of a group. You will develop the skill of working with others – teamwork, which is an essential skill for life. You will develop your critical skills, through evaluation, analysis and reflection.

How will I be assessed?

There are three areas of assessment:

Component 1: Devising – 40% of the course which is internally assessed by your teacher (60 Marks)

Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus

* Create and develop ideas to devise a piece of drama

* Perform this work to an audience

* Analyse and evaluate your creative process – this can be documented in a scrap book which will contain pictures and drawings etc.

* Your group can contain 3-6 people and you may have a designer from each technical discipline

* Groups 3-4 10-25 minute performance

* Groups 5-6 20-25 minute performance

* You will be assessed as an individual

Research

* Social, historical and cultural context

* Theatre conventions

* Current themes or trends

* Issues and controversies

Performing

* Voice

* Movement

* Characterisation

* Communication with other performers and audience

Portfolio

* Your personal contribution to the development of the work

* Consideration of genre, structure, character, form, style and language

* Successful communication of intentions

* Health and safety issues

Component 2: Text-based performance – 20% of the course (48 Marks)

Students will either perform in and/or design two key extracts from a performance text

* You will explore a text and then perform extracts from it

* You will perform two extracts from the same text – it can be a mixture of monologues or duologues

* The maximum number of students to a group is 8 people

 During this process you will develop your skills in:

* Communication through voice, physicality and non-verbal techniques

* Use of space and proxemics

* Relationship between performer and audience

* Production elements such as, set, costume, lighting and sound

You will also develop an understanding of how the performance can be created from the text. You will demonstrate the knowledge through:

* Developing your own interpretations independently and as part of a group

* Developing specific artistic intentions

* Learning lines, rehearsing, amending and refining text extracts in progress for a performance

* Performing to an audience

Component 3: Written exam – 40% of the course lasting 1.5 hours (60 Marks)

Section A: 

During the year you will have practically explored one of the set texts in order to be able to answer short and extended response questions. These questions will focus on decisions made as a performer, a director and a designer. An extract from these set texts will be provided in the exam paper.

Section B:

Two questions require you to evaluate a live theatre performance. You will have watched several live performances over the course of the year and the teacher and students will choose a performance which they feel will produce the best students.

How can I stretch my learning?

You can stretch your learning by attending the extra-curricular drama club which is held during lunch time and after college. It would also be extremely beneficial if you took part in the college’s showcase and production.

Useful links

Coming soon

 GCSE Dance (2016-18 only)

‘Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.’ – Martha Graham

Introduction

“My name is Alicia Chohan and I am the ambassador for GCSE Dance. The reason why I chose GCSE Dance is because when I am older I would like to teach dance to younger children. The reason why I like GCS Dance is because we focus on a variety of dances. Some of the dances I have learnt whilst studying dance are contemporary, street and commercial. Currently in dance we are creating a motif around a dance piece based on a snow globe, which is really challenging yet interesting.”

 What will I study?

GCSE Dance is a practical course designed for students who are enthusiastic about Dance. Dance is an empowering and powerful form of non-verbal communication which enables the development of creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities. Dance is both physical and expressive. This is what makes it similar to and different from any other art forms and physical activities. GCSE Dance helps students to develop technical and expressive skills, as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of it.

 Core content

3.1 Performance

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

3.2 Choreography

  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

3.3 Dance appreciation

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How will I be assessed?

3.1 Performance – internally marked and externally moderated

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

3.2 Choreography – non-exam assessment (NEA) internally marked and externally moderated

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

3.3 Dance appreciation – written exam lasting 1.5 hours based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology

  • 40% of GCSE
  • 80 marks

Exam at the end of Year 11:

Three sections:

A – Questions will relate to a given stimulus for students to write a response

B – Questions will relate to students’ own experience of performance/choreography or both from within the course

C – Questions will relate to the GCSE Dance Anthology

Assessment objective:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critically appreciate own work and professional works, through making analytical, interpretative and evaluative judgments

How can I stretch my learning?

Students can stretch their learning by attending the extra-curricular dance club which is held during lunch time and after college. It would also be extremely beneficial for learners if they took part in the college’s showcase and production.

Useful links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-8236

Key contact name, role & email

Miss L Pennington

Curriculum Leader – Performance Arts

lpennington@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300