Drama

WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN IN DRAMA IN KEY STAGE 4?

Students will develop key skills and techniques to develop and reproduce scripted repertoire and respond to stimuli to devise performance work. They will explore effective ways of working such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance as well as learning about key roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles within the Performing Arts.

 

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts– 

In this Component students will explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose, investigate how practitioners create and influence what’s performed and discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.

Component 2 Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts-

In  Component 2 students will: take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals, gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills, apply these skills in performance and reflect on their progress, their performance and how they could improve.

Component 3 Responding to a Brief-

This is an externally assessed task, where students work in groups of between 3 and 7 members to create a performance based on a set brief. To achieve this aim, students will: use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas, build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals, review the process using an ideas and skills log, perform a piece to their chosen audience and reflect on their performance in an evaluation report.

 

HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN IN THIS COURSE?

Students will take part in practical workshops and lessons to explore and learn about different styles and theatre practitioners. They will watch, analyse and discuss performance repertoire in order to develop an understanding of how theatre is made, the processes and roles involved. Students will work individually, in pairs and groups to create and develop scripted and devised work. 

 

HOW ARE STUDENTS ASSESSED IN THIS COURSE?

Component 1 and 2 are assessed internally

Component 1- 30% A written portfolio of evidence

Component 2- 30% Performance and a written portfolio of ideas and evaluation

 

Component 3 40%  is assessed externally

A01- Written portfolio Ideas log 

A02- Written portfolio development log

A02- Written portfolio evaluation log

A03- Group performance responding to a set task assigned by the exam board

 

WHAT IS THE LEARNING SEQUENCE?

BTEC Tech Award Level 1/ Level 2 in Performing Arts

YEAR 10

Term Component Skills/knowledge
1 An introduction to skills, Techniques and Practitioners Students will complete an introduction unit to help develop group work and acting skills, explore drama techniques and ways to devise and learn about key theatre practitioners.
2 Exploring the Performing Arts To learn about the performing arts industry, the roles and responsibilities within it and how they work together.  

 To explore the first piece of repertoire – ‘Teechers’ by John Godber through practical workshops, experimentation of style and analysis of performance work.  

3 Exploring the Performing Arts To learn about the performing arts industry, the roles and responsibilities within it and how they work together.   

To explore the second piece of repertoire – ‘Things I know To Be True’ by Frantic Assembly through practical workshops, experimentation of style and analysis of performance work.  

4 Exploring the Performing Arts To explore the third piece of repertoire – The Laramie Project ‘by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, through practical workshops, experimentation of style and analysis of performance work.  
5 Exploring the Performing Arts Students will work on completing their written portfolio of evidence for this component, containing all 3 pieces of repertoire. They will use their practical work from earlier in the year to aid their understanding of style, script and practitioner, their examination of video performance, research and other resources.
Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts Page to Stage: Students will start work in a group on a scripted play, reading through, assigning parts beginning to explore and interpret the script to perform to an audience. They will keep a log book of initial ideas skills developed through class workshops.
6 Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts PagStage: Students will continue to develop ideas exploring style and character for their scripted performance to an audience. They will keep a log book of development of ideas.

YEAR 11

Term Component Skills/Knowledge
1 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts Page to Stage: Students will work on blocking and movement, experimenting with space and techniques to suit the piece. They will take part in activities to develop character and learn lines. They will keep a log book of development and evaluation of ideas.
2 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

  

Page to Stage: Students will continue rehearsing their performance. They will develop ideas for simple design, take part in tech and dress rehearsals.They will keep a log book of development and evaluation of ideas
Devising Theatre/Responding to a Brief Mock Students will recap key skills and techniques when devising theatre to help prepare for their external exam. Refresh of Practitioners, style, and intention.Students will take part in a mini–Mock Component 3 assignment to prepare for the exam.
3 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts Page to Stage: Students will perform their scripted group piece to a target audience. Students will complete an evaluation log after the performance
Set Task: Responding to a Brief- EXTERNAL EXAM

 

 

 

Students will work in a group developing initial ideas to devise a piece of performance which responds to the set brief.  They will research the brief and the theme. They will think about, Intention, style and techniques, Audience, Practitioner. Students will work collaboratively together, drawing from all their experience and skills that they have gained over the course. They will keep written notes during the process.
4 Set Task: Responding to a Brief Students will continue to work in a group developing their ideas to devise a piece of performance which responds to the set brief. They will keep written notes during the process.
5 Set Task: Responding to a Brief Students will continue to work in a group developing their ideas to devise a piece of performance which responds to the set brief. They will keep written notes during the process.

Students will perform their devised piece which is videoed and sent to the exam board.  They will complete their 3 written logs under controlled conditions.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS GAINED FROM WHICH EXAM BOARD?

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

 

LINK TO EXAM BOARD SPECIFICATION

BTEC in Performing Arts Tech Award L1/2

 

HOW IS IT GRADED?

Distinction, Merit, Pass

 

WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION AND/OR CAREER CAN THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Theatre Designer/Technician 
  • Teacher
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Events Manager
  • Customer service
  • Sales

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