Drama is an energetic, vibrant and growing department offering exciting, creative lesson and performance opportunities for all pupils at all Key Stages. Our aim is to realise the student’s artistic intentions and support their development within the subject. We provide this for our students so they can build their own personal artistic responses and be creative in a supportive environment. We offer a broad and coherent course of study in these areas and encourage our students to take part creatively in the wider community. Drama lessons are taught in mixed ability groups and are a mixture of practical exploration and theoretical study.
Pupils’ schemes of work at each Key Stage demonstrate subject-knowledge progression. All schemes of work are age specific and include a range of topics based on:
Pupil work booklets demonstrate their progression through the Drama and Theatre programme, with each topic linked to a Drama Practitioner, Genre or Style studied.
Assessment of work is completed by pupils in their pupil work booklets, with a clear template that pupils respond to and record their work in. These are used each lesson by the pupil and assessments are carried out at each stage of the topic allowing pupils to keep a personal log of work covered and progression made. The booklets also record personal and teacher targets set for each topic. Feedback is recorded in all booklets and can be revisited at any stage by pupil or teacher.
Assessment lessons are recorded and used for teacher and peer assessment, evidence of progress and department audits.
Lessons are a mixture of practical exploration and theoretical study. All practical lessons are lead by example, with teachers joining in, encouraging, enthusing and giving continuous, individual, verbal responses and recognition to all pupils. As Drama groups are mixed ability, the range of needs is assessed at the beginning of each topic and during each practical exploration of a topic.
Students have 1 hour a week of Drama and Theatre. Year 7 have lessons throughout the year. Year 8 and 9 students attend Drama lessons for 8 week blocks, in rotation with 2 other subjects over the year.
Students develop their individual acting skills through a range of themes, scripts and stimul, assessed through individual and group practical exploration lessons. Students learn how to devise and structure original performance material using a range of practical techniques and explore drama practitioners, genres and styles linked to examination components. Drama at Key stage 4 is taught in mixed ability groups and lessons are a mixture of practical exploration and theoretical study. The students have 2 hours per week of Drama and Theatre.
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated. 40% of qualification, 60 marks.
Students are required to devise a piece of original theatre in response to a stimulus using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or the characteristics of a genre of drama. The component involves devising and realising work for performance and evaluating the final piece of theatre.
Students choose to be assessed on either acting or design:
The students must produce:
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner. 20% of qualification, 60 marks.
Students are required to participate in a performance from a text. They will gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret a text for performance and realise artistic intentions.
Students may choose to be assessed on either acting or design. Students are assessed on the final performance or design only. Students choosing design must work with a group of actors. It is not necessary for all acting groups to work with designers. Students choosing design at Trinity work on Lighting.
Students work in groups of between two and four actors. Each performance may have up to two designers, each offering a different design skill. Designers must contribute fully to the creation of the piece of theatre.
Students are required to study two 10 minute extracts, within the context of the whole text, from one performance text of their own choice. The extracts studied must be key extracts from the text selected for study: they must each represent a scene or moment that is significant to the text as a whole. Texts must be studied to gain a practical understanding of drama. The text must be one which has been professionally commissioned and/or professionally produced and must contrast with the text chosen for Component 3 to enable students to gain a broad and varied experience of drama at GCSE.
The criteria for selecting appropriately contrasting texts for Component 2 and Component 3 are
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 40% of qualification, 60 marks.
This component requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and through responding to live theatre.
It is expected that students will approach the study of the text practically as an actor, designer and director. A clean copy (no annotation) of the chosen set text must be taken into the examination. The following:has been chosen by the department for students at Trinity: Hard to Swallow Mark Wheeller (dbda: ISBN 978-1-902843-08-7)
Students are required to analyse and evaluate one piece of live theatre viewed during the course. It is recommended that learners take the opportunity to view a professional full length theatre production. However, the work of amateurs can be used, but not the work of peers. It is also recommended that learners see more than one live performance when preparing for this assessment to allow sufficient scope for answering on a variety of aspects during the examination. The live theatre production chosen for viewing must not be the text studied in Section A of this component.
Students will be expected to analyse and evaluate how meaning is communicated through the role of theatre makers in contemporary professional performance.
Students must consider the role of the:
The A-Level Drama and Theatre Course provides students with the opportunity for personal growth through the Edexcel framework of practical exploration workshops and theoretical study. Students begin to understand and interpret specific play texts, both as an ACTOR and DIRECTOR, by analysing and performing a variety of plays alongside exploring a variety of practitioners, both contemporary and historical. Drama is taught in mixed ability groups and lessons are a mixture of practical exploration and theoretical study. Key Stage 5 students have 5 hours per week of Drama and Theatre.
During the course, students perform several pieces to an invited audience of family and friends in preparation for practical exams and attend several live theatre performances in Nottingham and beyond to analyse and evaluate a range of professional work. All KS5 Students attend masterclasses and participate in professional workshops at this level.
All students perform their practical exam pieces at the Nottingham Playhouse at Schools Fest in the Summer term.
Coursework: 60% of the qualification. Assessed Internally and externally moderated.
The course includes:
There are three parts to the assessment:
Written examination (1 hour 45 minutes): 40% of the qualification.
The course includes
The exam has 2 sections:
Coursework: 40% of the qualification, 80 marks. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
The course includes:
There are two parts to the assessment:
Coursework: 20% of the qualification, 60 marks. Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
The course includes:
The assessment includes:
Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes). 40% of the qualification, 80 marks.
The course includes:
The exam has 3 sections:
Drama has a separate entrance used for accessing Drams Studio, LSH, DR1, DR2, MU1 Disabled Access & Toilets (Public)
Performance Space #1 = Main Drama Studio ~ 76 raked seats, Full LX rig, Sound, Projection, technical support from full-time technician.
Drama room 1 – Used for KS4 & KS5 theory lesson with projection, sound and suite of PCs.
Drama Room 2 – multipurpose space: Dance Dressing Rooms
Kingsbury LSH – Used for KS3, KS3, KS5 – Lessons
Toilets – Disabled (Male & Female) for staff and performers on performance evenings
Storage: Costume, Props room. Rostra & Furniture stored in wings and under the stage.
The drama department has an array of exciting extra curricular clubs for students of all ages to get involved with including:
Ask in the drama department for more information on each club.
The Drama Department is responsible for a number of projects for our students. They not only benefit our Drama students but are available to ALL students at Trinity. The department also runs a Twitter Account, Trinity_drama, which is updated regularly.
From these 2 clubs we have a Summer and Christmas Performance Evening to family and friends. These clubs have been particularly successful in encouraging students to take GCSE and A-Level Drama. Internships are available in Drama & Musical Theatre Club.
Miss S White (Head of Department)
Mr A McIlwee (Classroom Teacher)
Mr L Gillett (Technician)