The Drama department is a busy and lively one full of lots of events and performances for you to get involved in. We believe that you can learn lots of skills about working with other people, being confident, patient and analytical by studying Drama, as well as being able to express yourself creatively.
You can find the department in two main areas of the school. The first is the G block where GPA1 and GPA2 are used for lessons. The other is the APA3 which is just off the main corridor in A block. Staff are around to be seen for help at most times of the school day so come and ask questions and get involved! There are enrichment, extension and intervention sessions on Tuesdays after school too where you can get involved in improving or adding to your class work. School and year group performances happen throughout the year and you can always come to us with ideas for clubs and activities that you want to see happening.
Drama at Chellaston is taught with a skills based approach. That means that we treat the subject as an Art form and we learn lots of performance techniques and creative skills to be able to make and perform pieces. We take you through the subject's rich history and look at how this can affect the work we produce now. We evaluate and respond to performance work to see how to improve it and to celebrate effective work.
However, in order to achieve this, we develop key skills that will help you to become a more employable and well-rounded human being. We explore communication, cooperation and concentration. We develop group and team skills, analytical and self-reflective skills as well as stimulating your imagination and creativity!
Drama is a subject where you can achieve LOTS if you approach your studies in the right way. Here we have outlined what you can expect of us and what we in return expect of you.
You can expect:
•A full and vast Drama curriculum delivered in an energetic and fun way.
•Teachers that are always available for help and support both within and outside of lessons
•Excellent preparation for practical exams and written coursework
•Opportunities to get involved with and/or perform in a variety of contexts
•To learn drama skills and invaluable interpersonal qualities
•To gain a highly respected qualification
We expect you to:
•Arrive prepared for lessons having the right equipment and having completed any homework tasks set
•Listen when you are asked to – by teachers and classmates, in order to maintain an atmosphere of respect. FOCUS!
•Try hard at all times. Your effort determines your level/grade
•Concentrate and try hard with written work. The written elements help you to chart your progress and reflect on your exploration and achievement.
•Co-operate with all members of the class – no matter what personality or ability.
•Be open and honest with your Drama teacher!
● Basics 1 Getting Started on the stage
● Basics 2 Status and improvisation
● Darkwood Manor
● Script and spies
● Silent Movies
● Physical Theatre
● World Theatre
● TV & Film
● Crime and Punishment
● Leaving Home
● Skills in Industry
● Final Assessment
•Basic skills and Teamwork
•Being An Actor
•Skills and Strategies
•History of Theatre
•The role of the Director
•Creating a Character
•Live Performance Analysis
•Text 1 In Holland Stands a House
•Styles and genres
•Theatre in Education
•Devising portfolio submission
•Rebuilding the team
•Skills and strategies
•Component 1 - Devising
•Exploration of script
•Component 2 performance
•Writing about Drama
•Set text study
• Designer and actor set text preparation
How is it assessed?
Component 1: Devising 40% of the qualification – 60 marks
• There are two parts to the assessment:
1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation
of this process (45 marks, 30 marks assessing AO1 and 15 marks assessing AO4).
2) a devised performance/design realisation (15 marks, assessing AO2).
Component 2: Performance from Text
Coursework performance of a key extract and a monologue
20% of the qualification – 48 marks
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Exam
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of the qualification – 60 marks
Section A: Bringing Texts to Life
• 45 marks, assessing AO3.
• This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses)
based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.
Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation
• 15 marks, assessing AO4.
• This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live
theatre performance they have seen.
There is no year 12 course currently offered at Chellaston Academy.
Year 13 Edexcel Specification
Component 1: Devising (*Component Code: 9DR0/01)
40% of the qualification
● Devise an original performance piece.
● Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
● Centre choice of text and practitioner.
● Performer or designer routes available.
● There are two parts to the assessment:
1) a portfolio (60 marks, 40 marks assessing AO1 and 20 marks assessing AO4)
The portfolio submission recommendations are:
- can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal
evidence between 12–14 minutes or
- can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1250–1500 words)
and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes).
2) the devised performance/design realisation (20 marks, assessing AO2).
Component 2: Text in Performance (*Component Code: 9DR0/02)
20% of the qualification
● A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
● A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a
different performance text.
● Centre choice of performance texts.
● Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
● Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.
● Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (*Paper Code: 9DR0/03)
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of the qualification
● Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
● Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this
can be realised for performance.
● Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light
of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a
● Centre choice of 15 performance texts from two lists on the next page.
● Choice of eight practitioners.
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
● 20 marks, assessing AO4.
● Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to
analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given
● Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
● 36 marks, assessing AO3.
● Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the
performance text they have studied.
● Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in
● Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
● Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text
● 24 marks, assessing AO3.
● Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an
unseen named section from their chosen performance text.
● Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate.
Long term plans for Drama can be downloaded here.
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