Drama

We are proud to say that we have a fantastic history of over 40 years of great Drama at Hayfield. Many of our past students work in radio, television and theatre and a number of those who have recently left our A-Level courses are currently at Drama schools in London.

During your Drama lessons we aim to inspire your imagination, to encourage you to work well and communicate with others and to provide opportunities for you to explore the world through a range of fun, active lessons.

We run a Drama club for those that want to build on the skills and experiences of timetabled Drama lessons and also offer opportunities for students who wish to develop back-stage and technical abilities. We stage a full-scale production every year. Some of our recent shows have included The Crucible, Guys & Dolls and Blood Brothers.

Our next production will be “School of Rock” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellows to be staged in November 2017. Come and be part of our Drama success story.

KS3 Drama

Subject Objective

For all students we aim to use Drama as a tool to help develop confident, creative individuals. For some students Drama and acting will become a life-long passion fuelled by the exciting formative experiences we offer.

Drama is taught as a discreet subject, by specialist staff for one full hour per week. Pupils start with an introduction to the core skills of drama including;

Improvisation

Performance techniques

Vocalisation and movement

Working with script

Devising and rehearsing

The topics students will encounter and explore throughout the key stage include;

Myths & Legends

Time Travel

Theatre in Education

Transitions

Northern Comedy Writers

Silent Movies and Melodrama

Historical Drama

Homework: Drama at KS3 is predominantly practical but written and line learning homework will be set when appropriate.

KS4 Drama

The specification overview

OCR GCSE (9-1)(J316)

Content Overview Assessment

Overview

Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama Devising drama

60 marks

Non-exam assessment

30%

of total

GCSE

Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text Presenting and performing texts

60 marks

Non-exam assessment

(visiting examination)

30%

of total

GCSE

Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama.

 

Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance

Drama: Performance and response

80 marks

Exam assessment

1 hour 30 minutes

(Written paper)

40%

of total

GCSE

 

Why choose an OCR GCSE (9-1) in Drama?

OCR’s GCSE (9-1) in Drama has been designed to be a practical, engaging and creative specification for learners to study. It will provide opportunities to understand and create drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through informed artistic choices.

The main purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.

It will prepare learners for the further study of Drama of Performing Arts courses as well as developing transferable skills desired by further education and employers in all sectors of industry. The specification will help create independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that can make them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment

OCR’s GCSE (9-0) in Drama provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. The non-exam assessment allows learners to explore their own interests and develop their skills in performance. It also provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work while developing their own style.

Aims and Learning outcomes

OCR’S GCSE (9-1) in Drama will encourage learners to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of drama when making, performing and responding to drama.
  • Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created (a performance text is one that has been written specially for theatrical performance).
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
  • Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students able to make informed choices in process and performance.
  • Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
  • Adopt safe working practices.

KS5 Drama

The specification overview

OCR’s A Level in Drama and Theatre (H459)

Content Overview Assessment

Overview

Learners will research and practically explore practitioners and the work of others.

 

Learners will create, devise and perform a piece of original theatre.

Practitioners in practice

ARTAUD

STANISLAVSKI

Non-exam assessment

40%

of total

A-Level

Learners will explore one performance text in its entirety and work collaboratively to perform part of it. Exploring and performing texts

 

 

60 Marks

 

(Visiting examination)

20%

of total

A-Level

Learners will explore practically two performance texts on a chosen theme

 

Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance

 

Analysing performance

KING LEAR

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JO EGG

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

 

Live Theatre: The Woman in Black

20%

of total

A-Level

Learners will interpret and explore practically a performance text considering how to create, develop and direct a performance for an audience Deconstructing texts for performance

THE CRUCIBLE

60 Marks

1 hour 45 minutes

Written paper

20%

of total

A-Level

 

Staffing

Head of Department            :           Mrs Jennifer Lambert

Jla@thehayfieldschool.co.uk

i/c Media                    :           Mr Scott Martin

sma@thehayfieldschool.co.uk

:           Mrs Mary Pryce

mpr@thehayfieldschool.co.uk