Key Stage 3 Drama

Key Stage 3 Drama

At Caedmon College Whitby all students will experience Drama.

In Year 7 and 8 students have a discreet Drama lesson once a week. Students will experience working as part of a group and be introduced to specific drama strategies such as; hot-seating, role-play, improvisation and play reading/writing.

The themes covered in Year 7 and 8 form part of the College’s KED learning programme. Students will explore important global and social issues and have the chance to experience play writing, building improvisation skills and use published play texts to explore current and historical developments in theatre and performance.

Students can choose to do Drama GCSE as an Option in Year 9. This is delivered in three fifty minute sessions.

Life-long skills such as communication, team work and building confidence as an individual are an integral part of Drama at Caedmon College Whitby. These skills are developed in class and during their time at college students will have the chance to build on these through attendance at afterschool and lunchtime Drama Clubs, school productions and GCSE and A-level Drama. These courses are taught by drama specialist teachers.

The College regularly participates in the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach Festival, College coordinates the Whitby Schools’ Shakespeare Festival and our students have also taken part in a number of community theatre events.

GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama

Here at Caedmon College, students have the option to study GCSE Drama. We use the Eduqas specification which allows students to demonstrate their practical ability in devised work, scripted work and culminates in a written exam. (All Drama GCSEs now have a written exam element).

Why study Drama?
Being a confident person usually makes you a successful person. No matter what career or job you choose if you can make a positive impression when you speak, work well with others, solve problems and be resilient then you will be successful. By studying drama at GCSE you will develop all these qualities.

What you will study:
The course follows on from your KS3 lessons but we have a larger emphasis on ‘theatre’ and how plays are made and performed for the stage.

  • you will get to know more about acting, directing and the technical side of playmaking
  • you will also develop your own plays through devised work
  • you will have the opportunity to see live theatre and learn how to write a review.

There will need to be a commitment to working outside of lesson times in rehearsal, there will be written projects and research to complete. You will develop your analytical skills and explore this through practice exam questions.

How you will be assessed:

  • you will devise a piece of theatre, which will be performed and assessed in College, and externally moderated. Reflective written work is submitted after your performance has been completed and part of this is completed in controlled conditions
  • you will rehearse and perform a piece from a published play script to a visiting examiner, who will assess your live performance on that day
  • the course finishes with a written exam, which explores a play you have studied and a play you have seen.

Where can the subject lead?
Drama is a really valuable subject whatever you choose to do. However it can lead to work in the entertainment industry or theatre world; both on stage and behind the scenes. Students often choose to go on to study subjects such as film and TV production. Past students now work in the theatre and entertainment industry as lighting designers, actors, directors, researchers, dancers and teachers to name but a few.

“I’ve performed on stage at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, helped other students pass their GCSE Drama. Video of my work is used to help future students do better. I’m really proud of my achievements and now I’m in London taking my Drama further.” – Kimberly Turford (‘B’ grade at A-level, studying Applied Theatre at Central)

A-level Drama and Theatre

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies

What will I study?
If you enjoy working practically and solving problems then drama and theatre may be for you. If you take drama and theatre at A-level you will create unique performances, you will put yourself in a director’s shoes and work on a variety of plays and performance projects. You will go to the theatre and build your skills as both a critic and play-maker. You will discover just ‘how magical’ the theatre is and how new practitioners are shaping the stage today following in the footsteps of the great names of our stage and theatre world, such as Brecht, Stanislavski, Artaud.

What do students do afterwards?
Past students have gone on to tread the boards – Sam Barnett (The History Boys), to present on live radio (Jericho Keys) and appear in film, adverts and video (Elliot Hallidu and Lauren Scott-Berry). Others have chosen to study Theatre at places such as The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and LIPA taking performing arts, such as dance, or perhaps you just want to study an A-level that will give you confidence and resilience, making you stand out in a crowd in a highly-competitive world. Whatever your reasons, drama is also accepted by universities, providing UCAS points for your next step in education.

How will I be assessed?
20% theatre workshop; 40% performance, supported by written process and evaluation; 40% written exam.

What can I do to prepare?
If you haven’t done GCSE drama, no worries. In the first term, you will quickly develop your skills and be ready for your drama and theatre journey. Talk to other drama students, come along to Drama Club, get involved in your local amateur dramatics company, go to the theatre, watch film, write, and come and have a chat with the friendly drama staff. As Shakespeare said, ‘All the world’s a stage and we are but players….’.

“Drama has allowed me to explore all aspects of theatre, not just acting.” – Polly Diaz Thomson, Y13