Drama

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Staff:

Mr B Gartland, PT

Mrs L Pike

Aims

Drama provides opportunities for pupils to develop skills creating and presenting drama. This Course focuses on the development and use of a range of drama skills and production skills to present drama.

The aims of the Course are to enable pupils to:

  • Generate and communicate thoughts and ideas when creating drama
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of social and cultural influences on drama
  • Develop a range of skills in presenting drama
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and the use of a range of production skills when presenting drama
  • Explore form, structure, genre and style

As pupils develop practical skills creating and presenting drama, they will also develop knowledge and understanding of cultural and social influences on drama. Pupils will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. They will develop critical thinking skills as they investigate, develop and apply a range of drama skills.

Courses

National 4 and 5 Drama

Overview

Drama Skills

Pupils will explore and develop a range of drama skills and ways of communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience. They will develop a range of skills as an actor. They will learn how to respond to stimuli, including text. They will also learn how to develop portrayal of character in a range of ways and develop knowledge and understanding of form, structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama. Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of social and cultural influences on drama. They will also learn how to evaluate their own progress and that of others.

Theatre Production Skills

Pupils will explore and develop a range of production skills. They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting. Pupils will use problem-solving skills in order to generate ideas for presenting drama.

Added Value Unit – Production

Pupils will draw on and extend their knowledge and apply their production skills in a drama performance. The Unit will focus on the process and product of learning. The performance will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice.

Assessment

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award. The National 5 Course is graded A – D.

UNIT ASSESSMENT – INTERNAL

Drama Skills (National 5)

Pupils must respond to text, interpret role and character and develop an appreciation of structure, form, genre, style and give consideration to the social and cultural influences on drama. They must create and present as an actor, and evaluate their own work and that of others.

Theatre Production Skills (National 5)

Pupils must analyse and apply range of theatre production skills, taking into account staging and performance styles and conventions and give consideration to the social and cultural influences on drama. They must then evaluate their own work and that of others.

Added Value Unit – Production

Pupils must prepare for, participate and reflect on a small scale drama performance in a selected role. They must apply the skills and knowledge developed in the other 2 units and show an understanding of social and cultural influences on drama.

Practical element

Performance must be “live” and carried out in front of an audience.

Evaluation

Must show ability to identify two strengths and two areas for improvement and can be presented in any combination of written/visual/oral/multimedia forms.

Question Paper – 40 Marks (N5 Only)

Performance – 60 Marks

Performance/Technical element

Pupils must draw on and extend their knowledge and apply their skills to produce a Performance. Pupils can be assessed on an acting or technical production role.

(50 Marks)

Support log

Pupils must provide evidence of their response to text, research into their chosen area, interpretation of role and materials from the production process, communicate their thoughts and ideas.

(10 Marks)

Homework

Homework is set each week; this may be in the form of essays, script writing or folio work. Pupils must maintain a folio for each unit which will need to be updated with notes and research regularly.

 

 

Higher Drama

Overview

The Course consists of two mandatory Units and the Course assessment.

Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding

Unit at Advanced Higher.

 

Drama Skills (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will explore and develop complex drama skills and ways of communicating

thoughts and ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to text, including stimuli. They

will also learn how to develop character in a range of ways and develop understanding of form,

structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama.

They will also learn how to evaluate their own progress and that of other learners.

 

Drama: Production Skills (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop complex production skills. They will use these skills to enhance

drama when presenting. Learners will use problem-solving skills in order to generate ideas for

presenting drama.

 

ASSESSMENT

Question Paper – 40 Marks

Performance – 60 Marks

Practical element

Pupils must draw on and extend their knowledge and apply their skills to produce a Performance. Pupils can be assessed on an acting or technical production role.

(50 Marks)

Support log

Pupils must provide evidence of their response to text, research into their chosen area, interpretation of role and materials from the production process, communicate their thoughts and ideas.

(10 Marks)

 

Question paper

The question paper is worth 40 marks (40% of the total mark).

This question paper has two Sections.

Section A is worth 20 marks.

This section will deal with/comment on the social, historical and/or theatrical contexts of the studied

prescribed text.

Section B is worth 20 marks.

This Section will take the form of a written analysis of a performance that the learner has seen. This

may be a live or, if necessary, a recorded theatrical performance.

Performance (60 marks)

The performance has two sections:

The weighting of marks across the two Sections is worth 50 marks for the performance in the chosen

role of acting, directing or design, and 10 marks for the support log.

 

Homework

Homework is set each week; this may be in the form of essays, script writing or folio work. Pupils must maintain a folio for each unit which will need to be updated with notes and research regularly. Essays are an essential element of the course work and sustain the development of knowledge and understanding relevant to areas. In addition, pupils must make regular visits to the theatre to support critical written analysis of productions which is a requirement of the second unit of work. We do arrange a number of theatre visits throughout the school year to support this.

 

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