Drama

Introduction

Drama at Northolt High School has developed over the years into a popular subject at both KS3 and KS4. The nature of the subject allows students to apply knowledge and understanding when devising, performing and responding to Drama. When students explore performance texts, they do so by examining and analysing the social, cultural and historical context of the given text which gives them a rounded and full understanding of what they are learning.

During a student's time in Drama, they will learn to develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances. They will do this by working collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas. As part of this process students will develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance.

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

There are three units taught in Year 7. Unit 1: Introduction to Drama, Unit 2: Greek Theatre, and Unit, 3: Mystery and Suspense. Students get to explore various theatrical skills and learn about different themes by exploring and applying them practically in their performances.

YEAR 8

There are three units taught in Year 8. Unit 1: Humpty Dumpty, Unit 2: Melodrama/Silent Movies, and Unit 3: Fractured Fairy Tales. Students get to explore various theatrical skills and learn about different themes by exploring and applying them practically in their Performances.

Key Stage 4

OCR's GCSE (9-1) in Drama has been designed to be a practical, engaging and creative specification for learners to study. It will provide opportunities to understand and create drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through
informed artistic choices. The main purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.

Students will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively, and create their own devised drama. They will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. Students will explore, practically, a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. They will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance. Students will also have an opportunity to attend theatre productions and take part in drama workshops.

YEAR 9

There are three units taught in Year 9 GCSE Drama. Unit 1: Derek Bentley - Let Him Have it, Unit 2: Too Much Punch For Judy, and Unit 3: Devising Drama.

YEAR 10

There are three units taught in Year 10 GCSE Drama. Unit 1: DNA - Script interpretation and exploration,  Unit 2: Blood Brothers - Practical exploration of Set Text,  and Unit 3: Devising Drama.

YEAR 11

There are three units taught in Year 11 GCSE Drama. Unit 1, Component 1: Devising Drama, Unit 2, Component 2: Presenting and Performing Texts, and Unit 3, Component 3: Performance and Response.

KS4 Assessment & Examinations
Devising Drama (01/02) non-exam assessment is 30% of the total GCSE
Presenting and Performing Texts (03) is 30% of the total GCSE
Drama: Performance and Response (04) is 40% of the total GCSE


Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Drama club for key stage 3 - 5
  • Dance club for key stage 3 - 5
  • Annual school productions