Drama

Those involved in the forthcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest should click here to see schedule for rehearsals and shows November 2016.

Welcome to the Loreto Drama Department.  We offer a range of opportunities in Drama.  Below you will find outlines of the courses offered at the different Key Stages.  In addition, many extra-curricular opportunities are offered for those who wish to perform, or work on a variety of key backstage skills.  The school play, musical, and summer showcase are just a few of the opportunities offered to our widely talented Loreto students.

 

Key Stage 3

Drama is embedded within the English Curriculum in Key Stage 3, allowing students the opportunity to focus on script writing, set design, improvisation and role play. Students learn to work collaboratively, developing shared pieces of work, increasing their confidence in playing numerous roles.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama is a suitable subject for students who enjoy visiting the theatre, acting and collaborating within a team. It requires students to work in smaller groups to produce performances in front of live audiences. They will be expected to attend after school rehearsals and to work collaboratively on performance work.

Drama is traditionally a popular choice at GCSE and pupils currently study the new 2016/2017 AQA syllabus with three key components making up the assessed pieces:

 

GCSE assessment Summary:

Component 1: Understanding drama – 40% of total GCSE

Written exam 1 hour and 45 minutes

• Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)

• Section B: 4 questions on extract from chosen set play (44 marks)

• Section C: one question on the work of theatre markers in a single live performance (32 marks)

AO3: “Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.”

AO4: “Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.”

 

Component 2: Devising drama – 40% of total GCSE

Internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA

• Devised log (60 marks)

• Devised performance (20 marks)

AO1: “Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.”

AO2: “Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.”

AO4: “Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.”

 

Component 3: Texts in practice – 20% of total GCSE

Externally moderated by AQA

• Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks)

• Performance of Extract 2 (20 marks)

AO2: “Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance”

 

GCSE homework tasks may take the form of research, planning, line-learning, rehearsal, revision and exam preparation exercises.  It is expected that students spend at least one hour weekly and often considerably more as performance dates draw close.  Students are also encouraged to take full advantage of opportunities to attend live theatre performances both locally and in London.

 

Useful websites include:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover-more/learning

 

Key Stage 5

We are excited to offer a new option for Key Stage 5 students in Fall of 2017.  Drama and Theatre Studies on the AQA curriculum will replace at Loreto the now defunct OCR Performance Studies curriculum previously offered.

Successful Drama and Theatre Studies students will want to engage with others in a collaborative learning environment.  The course will involve improving independent thinking and problem solving skills.  Students are expected to improve performance with every rehearsal and their understanding of how Theatre works with every new topic explored.  Students must be willing to attend theatre trips and have an interest in how theatre influences the world we live in.

 

A-level assessment Summary:

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

Written exam: 3 hours

• Open book

• 80 marks

• 40% of overall A-level

Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks)

Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (30 marks)

Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)

 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Practical)

• Process of creating devised drama

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

• Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

Working notebook (40 marks) + Devised performance (20 marks) = 60 marks in total (30% of overall A-level)

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

 

Component 3: Making Theatre (Practical)

• Process of creating devised drama

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

• Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

Working notebook (40 marks) + Devised performance (20 marks) = 60 marks in total (30% of overall A-level)

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

 

Useful websites for KS5 include:

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7261

 

Subject Opportunities Beyond Loreto

Drama is a versatile subject, with far reaching skills, it offers a breadth of talents that can be applied to any career path our students choose to take. Be it continuing study in the Performing Arts sector, to law, to writing, to customer relations, the communicative, and collaborative aspects of the subject help ensure our girls are ready for the wider world.

 

Page updated Sept 2016