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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Drama

The Drama department has a learning focus on building students’ confidence by helping them speak in front of others, perform with focus while increasing their verbal  and non-verbal communication skills. 

The department also places strong emphasis on the value of group work and problem solving skills in order that students might be successful both at school and later in the world of work or higher education.

Our students relish on the freedom given to them within the subject, and our schemes of learning compliment the students well. This subject is studied in a carousel with Dance and so the students alternate between the subjects every half term.

 

Year 7

Term

Scheme of Learning

Summary

Autumn

Term 

Introduction to Skills

This scheme introduces the students to the basic skills required to study drama at any level, through the medium of Fairy Tales.

Starting with still images we layer new skills every lesson to give students the building blocks to devising their own fairy tale at the end of the scheme.

Spring

Term 

Darkwood Mannor

Darkwood Mannor continues to build on the skills from the Autumn term, focusing on the use of physical theatre as a genre. This allows the students to be creative with their interpretation of the scheme.

We focus on tension within drama and students use their bodies to tell stories.

Summer Term

Hansel and Gretel

In the third term, students combine their previous knowledge by applying the skills to Kneehigh’s Hansel and Gretel script.

They are introduced to using a script to tell stories, while also exploring new techniques such as Puppetry and Song.

Year 8

Term 

Scheme of Learning

Summary

Autumn Term

Melodrama Shannon Mathews

This scheme introduces the genre of Melodrama, which enhances their knowledge and understanding of characterisation and stereotype. This is then layered with a Verbatim piece of theatre about Shannon Mathews, which allows the students to transfer the convections of Melodrama onto a real life situation.

Spring Term

Matilda

Matilda enables the students to explore Characterisation in both a naturalistic and abstract setting. We build on previous skills such as physical theatre, split scenes and sound scaping to teach about the use of Drama to tell stories. 

Summer Term

Protest

 

Protest allows the students to explore how drama can tell stories of injustice and resistance, by looking at both the Civil and Women’s Rights movements both in the past and present day. They explore the topics through Forum and Immersive theatre, also drawing links to art, dance and music

Year 9

Term

Scheme of Learning

Summary

Autumn

Term

I love you Mum- I promise I won’t die

This piece of Verbatim theatre, written by Mark Wheeler follows the story of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs who died of an accidental drug overdose. It is told through the true words of his family and friends during the aftermath of his death.

This scheme allows the students to draw links to PSCHE topics while following Stanislavskian techniques

Spring Term

The Jabberwocky

 Through this scheme students explore the techniques of Steven Berkoff and Physical Theatre. Students make strong use of exaggerated vocal and physical skills linking previous knowledge to enable them to tell the story of the Jabberwocky.

By using the Jabberwocky as a stimulus the students are prepared for the devising component of the new GCSE, by detailing their journey of the devising process.

Summer

Term

Modern Shakespeare

Shakespeare is an important foundation for any drama student and use modern theatre techniques such as Soap Opera to explore his works.

Like with the previous scheme, the students learn through Shakespeare important skills required for the scripted component of the GCSE examination.

Year 10: GCSE year 1- EDUQAS

Term

Scheme of Learning

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Practitioners

In this scheme, students are introduced to a variety of practitioners and genres needed to complete the GCSE course. These lessons are both theoretical and practical to prepare them for the written aspect of the course.

Autumn Term 2

Component 1: mock

 

 

 

 

Component 3

During the second half of the Autumn term, students will build on their knowledge of practitioners and genres to complete a devising mock exam. Here they will gain an important understanding of what is required during the real exam, while also completing a mock portfolio and controlled evaluation.

 

Students will begin to explore the set text and theatre review for their Component 3 written exam, both through written and practical work.

Spring Term 1

Component 2: mock

 

 

Component 3

Students will explore a variety of texts for their component 2 exam, before deciding as a class which will later be used for the real piece. They will complete Monologues and/or Duologues to prepare them for Component 2.

 

Students will continue to prepare for their Component 3 examination. Students will attend a theatre visit to prepare them for their Component 3 mock examination.

Spring Term 2

 Component 1

 

 

 

 

Component 3

Students will explore the stimulus provided by the Eduqas, and begin to devise their piece of theatre for the practical examination. They will document their journey through a written log and will gather resources for their portfolio.

 

Component 3 preparation will continue.

Summer Term 1

Component 1

 

 

Component 3

Students will continue to create a devised piece of theatre for Component 1 of their GCSE. They will rehearse and refine their work ready for the examination.

 

Again Component 3 preparation is explored both practically and theoretically..

Summer Term 2

Examinations

Students will complete their Component 1 practical examination, portfolio and evaluation which will award them with 40% of their qualification.

They will then revise and prepare for the Component 3 written examination mock in late June.

Year 11: GCSE year 2 EDUQAS

Term

Scheme of Learning

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Component 2: exploration

 

 

 

Component 3

 In this scheme, students will explore their chosen text for their scripted examination. They will build on prior skills to build character and understand the historical, social and cultural contexts of the piece.

 

Students will feedback on their Component 3 mock and identify areas for development.

Autumn Term 2

Component 2

 

 

Component 3

Students will prepare, rehearse and develop their Component 2 scripted pieces.

 

Students will continue to expand their knowledge for their written exam.

Spring Term 1

Component 2

 

 

Component 3

Students will refine and polish their scripted pieces, ready for the external examination.

 

In preparation for the real exam, students will attend at least one other piece of live theatre to enhance their knowledge of the theatre review.

Spring Term 2

Component 3

Students will refine their understanding of the written component.

Summer Term 1

Examinations

Students will complete their Component 3 written examination in late June.