The Arts: Drama

“All people contain mystery, and when you act you want to plumb that mystery until everything is known to you.” – Meryl Streep

Welcome & Ethos

The Drama department develops every student irrespective of their background through the nurturing of talent. Our curriculum is diverse, engaging, and challenging, inspiring students to achieve academic excellence.  There is a focus on wellbeing in building resilience, confidence and self-esteem, enabling students to flourish as they foster lifelong skills that can be applied in all aspects of their lives.

Extra-curricular activities include drama clubs, performances ranging through lunch time shows, small scale studio productions to full scale school musicals, and trips to professional performances and workshops. Students from Nunnery have performed on the stage at the Palace Theatre Redditch in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival, at Worcester Cathedral as part of the Voices and Visions Festival, and in workshops at the internationally-renowned Pineapple Dance Studio in London. New and established theatre companies have visited and worked with our students, such as Big Brum, Vamos, Perfect Circle and Calanit.

Context of the Subject

In twenty first century Britain, the skills Drama teaches, of communication, leadership, team-work, and memory are all easily transferable skills, greatly valued in the working world with application to professions as diverse as law, medicine, policing and sales work. Drama extensively explores social, moral, and political topics to create compassionate students with high levels of integrity.

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Ms. S Young
Email: st.young@nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk
Phone: 01905 363653

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader for the Arts
Curriculum Leader for Drama
3 part time Drama teachers
1 Performing Arts teaching assistant/technician

Curriculum Facilities

1 drama studio with stage and sound and lighting provision which, when opened out into the Dance Studio, provides a fully operational theatre with raked seating and an orchestra pit.

KS3

KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area

Use of performance skills such as facial expressions / voice / body language / movement / proxemics / levels and gesture to communicate meaning to an audience.
Development of confidence in communication.
Understanding of different performance spaces.
Understanding of basic drama terms.
Awareness of different dramatic genres and styles.
Awareness of role in drama in the wider (working) world.

Organisation of the KS3 curriculum

One 1-hour lesson every week for three out of the six half terms per year (alternating each half term with Dance).

Each half term students are introduced to a new topic, spend most of the half term exploring / rehearsing that topic, and then carry out a performed assessment in the last week of the half term.

Students receive verbal feedback (peer and teacher) throughout each module and immediate verbal feedback from the teacher at the end of their final assessed performance. They use this feedback to self-evaluate their work in the form of a written evaluation which they are also assessed on. They are also required to record their targets for their next performance.

Organisation of the KS3 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

One 1 hour lesson every week for three out of the six half terms per year (alternating each half term with Dance).

Each half term students are introduced to a new topic, spend most of the half term exploring / rehearsing that topic, and then carry out a performed assessment in the last week of the half term.

Students receive verbal feedback (peer and teacher) throughout each module which they are required to record in a diary, immediate verbal feedback from the teacher at the end of their final, assessed performance, and a written, formative assessment from the teacher. They are also required to record their own final comments and targets for their next performance.

KS4

KS4 Overview
From September 2020

Subject title, board and syllabus code

Drama AQA 8261

KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS4 teaching in the subject area

Understanding of drama terminology.
Communication with audience through use of performance and design skills.
Interpretation of script through performance work.
Ability to create devised scripts for performance.
Critical awareness of professionally performed work.
A critical approach to own work.

Organisation of the KS4 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

Introduction to drama styles and practitioners (half a term approx.)
One devised piece of work plus a devising log (one term approx.)
Two performance pieces from one text (one term approx.)
One performance piece from set text (one term approx.)
The watching and analysis of professionally performed work (running concurrently with above).
Examination preparation

Assessment

Details re Assessment (number of examinations, weighting, components) Key topic list per year group

Course made up of three components:

  • Component One – an examination (40% of final grade)
  • Component Two – a devised performance and written log (40% of final grade)
  • Component Three – scripted performance of two play extracts (20% of final grade)

Component One:
The examination will be 1hour and 45 minutes long. It will have three sections:

  1. Multiple choice questions on theatrical terms (4 marks)
  2. Four questions on a set play that we have studied and rehearsed (44 marks)
  3. One question on a play that we have studied and seen performed. (32 marks)

Component Two:
This is made up of two parts:

  1. A devised piece of drama that you have created, rehearsed and performed, based on a stimulus that you have been given. (20 marks)
  2. A devising log (60 marks)

There will be three sections in your log, each worth 20 marks:

  • Response to stimulus (creation)
  • Development and collaboration (rehearsal)
  • Analysis and evaluation (performance)

Component Three
The performance of two extracts from one play. Schools have their choice of play as long as the play chosen is different from the examination set text and is given the approval of the examination board.