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Year 7

Drama Provision at St Patrick's RC High School and Arts College
Drama is currently taught in mixed ability groups at Key stage 3. It provides a safe and inclusive environment in which learners are encouraged to express themselves creatively as individuals and by working as part of a group.

All Year 7 students will have a discrete lesson each week and this will focus on building confidence, introducing drama conventions such as narration, thought-tracking and still-images and building up subject specific vocabulary. Schemes of work include mime and circus, text, character building and story-telling.

Year 8

In Year 8 students continue to study Drama for half the year. Schemes of work are centred around social issues, personal development and empathy. These topics provide an ideal opportunity to explore elements underpinning Citizenship education. The dramatic exploration is more process-based and gives students the opportunity to understand and interpret for themselves their reactions to moral issues from a first person standpoint - whilst still allowing consideration of the ideas and views of others. This year introduces techniques such as spontaneous improvisation and hot-seating.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are able to opt to continue to study Drama working towards their GCSE qualification which they will continue to study at Key Stage 4.

St. Patrick's also offers an extra-curricular Drama club, organised local theatre visits and a London Trip to the Globe which includes a West End Performance. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in our whole school production.

Students can find out more information about the course at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-drama-j316-from-2016/
Or contact Debbie Olsen (Head of Drama) on 0161 921 2300.

Year 10 & 11

In Year 10 and 11 at St Patrick's we follow the OCR GCSE (9-1) Drama specification.

This engaging specification allows students to study Drama in a practical, academic and engaging setting. Learners will be exploring this art form and applying their own knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing Drama and to their own performance work. In the written examination they will demonstrate their knowledge of a performance text. Through watching live performance they will reflect, analyse and evaluate the work of others.

There is a high percentage of practical assessment in the course. In the Devising students devise their own piece of work from stimulus material and create a portfolio showing their research, ideas and evaluation of their creative process. In the Performance unit students will explore practically a performance text. Both of these showcases will be performed to an audience.

The GCSE course of study consists of three components:

Component 1: Devising Drama represents 30% of the overall mark. Learners will research and explore a stimulus and work collaboratively to create their own piece of Drama and independently to create a portfolio.

Component 2: Presenting and performing texts represents 30% of the overall mark. Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a play to an external moderator.

Component 3: Performance and response represents 40% of the total GCSE. This is a written examination where learners demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a performance text, we are currently studying ‘Blood Brothers’. In section two of the examination learners will analyse and evaluate live performances. Students have recently reviewed performances of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Railway Children’.

Past students have gone on to follow Careers in the Creative Industries such as acting, production and Stage Management. As well as using the skills developed in this subject area to create independent thinkers with skills in research, working with others, analysis, communication, time management, ICT, problem solving, planning and organising.

Students at Key Stage 4 are offered extra support through extra-curricular rehearsals, intervention and organised Theatre visits. The opportunity to be involved in the whole school production.

Students can find out more information about the course at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-drama-j316-from-2016/
Or contact Debbie Olsen (Head of Drama) on 0161 921 2300.

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St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ