Curriculum Map and Assessment Calendar

At Sheringham High School, the Drama provision for KS3 is two one hour lessons per  fortnight.

Our ethos is to encourage negotiation and team work as students explore issues and ideas and make decisions as an individual  and as part of a group. We work hard to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the celebration of achievement, supporting one another so that skills can be acquired and confidence bolstered.

 It is our commitment to provide a curriculum that is stimulating and engaging, presenting topics that capture the interest and imagination and provide a vehicle to explore a variety of performance styles and techniques.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 ‘KALIYA THE SERPENT KING’. The students work co-operatively and with imagination to create Kaliya the five headed snake who terrorises all it encounters in this exploration of the adventures of the legends of Krishna.

Year 8

Year 8 ‘CAMELFORD’. Using Role Work, the students are put in the position of experts investigating the case of the pollution of the water supply in the town of Camelford, Devon in 1988. Who is responsible and what are the consequences for the victims who trusted that the water they would drink was safe?

Year 9

Year 9 ‘CRAIG and BENTLEY’. ‘Let Him Dangle’ by Elvis Costello introduces the students to the miscarriage of justice that led to Derek Bentley being executed for a crime he did not commit, culminating in a whole class performance that reflect the opposing views surrounding his fate.

Key Stage 4

Course content and structure

Drama and Theatre Arts provide a demanding, yet exciting option for students of all abilities. It explores dramatic presentation and communication and theatrical experiences in greater depth. Using a wide range of stimuli, students will have the opportunity to develop their appreciation and understanding of Drama form. They will also learn about the revolutionary developments in theatre practice today, including the study of the latest dramatic texts and contemporary practitioners.

Co-operation and determination to work independently and as part of a group are essential, as is a keen interest in Drama and Theatre. Particular emphasis is placed upon the exploration of ideas and themes through a range of techniques and by evaluation of presented work. Students are offered a number of opportunities, including public performances, taking part in workshops with professional practitioners and seeing a number of professional productions

Year 10

Students will consider issues such as:

  • Different theatre styles, including physical theatre, naturalism and Docu-Drama.
  • Working from a variety of source materials, including visual image, poetry and music.
  • Examination of multi-cultural influences on Drama form. Issues arising from a variety of source material, linked to a theme. Recent themes have included “Homelessness” and “Consequences”. Part of this exploration involves looking at source material from other cultures.
  • Study of at least two play texts from different eras.
  • Examination of global issues, such as poverty, asylum seeking, and personal identity.
  • In addition , the course will allow students;
  • Access to at least two performance opportunities.
  • Access to at least two theatre visits.

Year 11

Students will consider issues such as:

Different theatre styles, including an introduction to the theories of 20th Century practitioners, such as Stanislavski and Brecht.

Study, in depth, of one theatre text from a performance perspective. This study, plus an analytical study of a public performance, will form the basis for the Component 3 written exam: Interpreting Theatre

In addition students will:

  • Work in small groups to produce a devised piece of theatre in response to stimulus set by the board to performance standard.
  • Work in small groups to prepare extracts from published text to performance standard
  • Have access to at least two public performances and theatre visits during the year.

Examination Board:  WJEC, 601/8420/6

Assessment: Exam papers

This GCSE is assessed by:

Component 1: Devising Theatre: Internally Assessed, externally moderated, 40%

Component 2: Performing from a Text: Externally assessed by visiting moderator 20%

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre: Written examination (90mins) on a set text and live theatre review, 40%

Key Stage 5

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