Drama is an exciting, creative and collaborative subject that allows students to explore and better understand the world in which we live.
At Diss High School, we are proud to foster a strong appreciation for the Arts and aim for every student to recognise the valuable contribution Drama makes to our spiritual, cultural mental and physical development beyond the classroom. We seek to:
• Develop independent learners who are equipped with the negotiation and leaderships skills that are essential for working collaboratively with others.
• Nurture resilience and the ability to accept constructive criticism to develop more successful working practices.
• Challenge learners to broaden their own perceptions about the world.
Students will explore a range of topics and performance texts practically. They will be introduced to key dramatic vocabulary and develop the essential practical skills needed to bring stories and characters to life. Students will be asked to justify their performance choices and explain the intentions behind the work created. As students progress through the curriculum, they will be introduced to relevant social, cultural and political contexts that will enable them to think more deeply about the themes and issues explored. Assessment is competed in a variety of ways and include verbal contribution to lessons and observation of lesson work as well as more formal practical and written assessments.
A qualification in Drama prepares students for life beyond the classroom, equipping them with essential communication and team working skills, as well as the resilience to work under pressure to meet deadlines. It is both challenging and hugely rewarding.
Students choosing to study Drama at KS4 will study the OCR syllabus.
- Component 1 – Devising Drama: Learners will work in groups to create an original piece of theatre based on their choice from a range of stimuli provided by the exam board. A written portfolio is submitted alongside the performance as evidence of the development process. There is also a designer option available for this unit.
- Component 2 – Text in Performance: Students will study set performance texts chosen by their class teacher and will select two extracts from it to perform to a visiting examiner. Performance length is dependant on the group sizes but can last between 2 and 15 minutes. Students will also submit a written piece outlining their intentions for the performance. There is also a designer option available for this unit.
- Component 3 – Written Exam: In Section A, students will answer questions on ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels. Questions will focus on the creating and developing a performance. They will be required to write as a performer, designer and director. For Section B, students are required to review a performance they have seen during the course of study.