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Drama

“A school without drama is a school without a soul” (S.H.A)

At The Wey Valley School we offer a wide and varied approach to the subject of drama. Drama is all about building confidence. The emphasis is on enjoyment but with high expectations of productivity and participation. Regular assessments and a progress log ensure that each student may achieve at their fullest potential. Students are also given regular opportunities to reflect verbally and to write about their progress.

In years 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and confidence in performance through a carefully-structured curriculum that progressively builds expertise in the core skills used in drama. Students make drama through dramatic play, role-play and improvisation, structuring the elements into play-building, directing and scriptwriting. Learning is both teacher and student directed.
GCSE Drama is offered by OCR. It is an exciting, creative and challenging course that will ensure students acquire the skills required to create, direct, design and perform in Drama. Furthermore, students will also obtain skills in working with others, problem solving and communication.

Drama GCSE OCR

Unit 1 – From Page to Stage
This unit makes up 30% of the GCSE drama course and introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to interpret a play by exploring the playwright’s intentions, the context in which it was written and understand how to reflect this in performance. Throughout this process, they will reflect upon their learning in a Working Record, which is submitted to the exam board along with a DVD of their final performance.

Unit 2 – Drama in the Making
This unit also makes up 30% of the GCSE drama course. The unit requires students to explore a theme, topic or issue. Examples of previous topics studied have been: ‘A different state of mind’ (focusing on madness), ‘7 Deadly Sins’ and ‘Being Different’. The students explore the topic for 20 hours and then prepare three workshop performances. These can be devised scenes, a monologue or design elements over 10 hours under exam conditions. Throughout this process, they will reflect upon their learning in a Working Record, which is submitted to the exam board along with a DVD of their final performance.

Unit 3 – From Concept to Creation
This unit makes up 40% of the GCSE Drama course and is assessed externally by an examiner. This unit provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through their application to a text, either performance of the text, devising a new scene, writing a new scene or creating a design for a performance of the play. This multi-faceted approach will allow the students to use their strengths to achieve their full potential.

The knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure students are successful will have been cultivated over the work carried out during Units 1 and 2.

The Wey Valley School Performing Arts department offers extra-curricular activities in drama. An after-school drama club is run each week and is organised by KS4 drama students. There is also the opportunity to join the school musical group, where students can develop their Drama experience alongside the other Performing Arts disciplines of Dance and Music.