Hulme Hall Grammar School aims to promote Drama in two ways – through Process and Performance.
As a process it plays an essential role in developing self-confidence, raising self-esteem, increasing social awareness and encouraging the ability to work individually and collaboratively. Pupils learn to listen to, and learn from one another, and express ideas and opinions clearly.
As performance, pupils improve their oral skills – clarity of diction, voice projection, tone and fluency. They learn to communicate through non-verbal methods, learning skills and stage-craft, including awareness of the audience, timing, movement, mannerisms, gesture and facial expressions. They develop the confidence to act in front of an audience and will perform in assemblies as part of their form, and in school productions.
Drama is a statutory part of English in the National Curriculum and, as such, all pupils should participate and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding associated with it. Pupils should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They should have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and perform in front of a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.
Introduction to Drama
Improvisation – School Life
Improvisation – Families
Improvisation – Physical Theatre
Scripted Drama – Melodrama
Scripted Drama – Dialogues and Monologues
Improvisation – Forum Theatre and Theatre Skills
History of Theatre – Greek Theatre to Commedia Dell’arte
Scripted Drama – Comedy
Scripted Drama – Physical Theatre
Improvisation – Conflict Resolution
Improvisation – Stereotypes and Advertising
Scripted Drama – Media Scripts
Improvisation – Outside World
Scripted Drama – Shakespeare
History of Theatre – Masks
Improvisation – From Antigone to Rosa Parks
Improvisation – Forum Theatre
Pupils will complete half-termly practical assessments based on their ability to work individually and collaboratively using a range of scripts including duologues and monologues.
The aim of the course is to apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama. In addition, pupils will explore performance texts and understand their social, cultural and historical context.
Throughout the two years, they will develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them as an individual to theatrical performance. In addition, the aim is to produce creative, independent and reflective pupils who can collaborate to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
The course consists of:
Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a dramatic text and its social, historical and cultural context. They also study a set play and further their understanding of live theatre production as well as extending their grasp of theatre terminology.
Pupils will create, perform, analyse and evaluate a theatrical performance.
Texts in Practice: pupils will learn how to contribute to a text-based drama in a live theatre context.
Term 1a – Introduction to Drama Component 1, Section A
Term 1b – Component 1: Section B: Set Play
Term2a – Component 1: Section C: Live theatre performance.
Performance and design skills
Term2b – Component 3: Performance skills and mock shared performance
Term3a – Component 2: Devising skills
Term3b – Component 2: Devising research and development
Term 1a – Component 2: Filmed performances and devising logs. Mock examination.
Term 1b – Component 3: Rehearsals and work-in-progress performance
Component 1: Live theatre performance
Term 2a – Component 3: Rehearsals and work-in-progress performance
Term 2b – Component 3: Visiting examiner performance
Term 3a – Component 1: Revision of Sections A, B and C
Term 3b – Component 1: Summer examination
Examinations and Assessments
The students undertake the AQA Drama course which consists of:
This contributes 40% to the final grade and is assessed in an exam lasting 1hour 45 minutes.
This contributes 40% to the final grade. 30% from a devising log and 10% from a devised performance.
Texts in practice:
This contributes 20% to the final grade. Pupils perform two extracts from one play.
Drama offers a clear route into further and higher education for drama related courses. Career opportunities are numerous, e.g. acting, presenting, stage managing, teaching, drama therapy and directing.
In addition, pupils develop skills which support other further/higher education courses and career pathways. These include the ability to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively.
Ms S Ahsan
Head of Drama