Subjects
at Cockermouth School

Drama

Drama at Cockermouth School is taught in Years 7 to 9. In these first three years the students will focus on developing their creative ability and increasing their individual levels of confidence. Students can then opt to study a GCSE in Drama.  At Post-16 we offer A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. Drama is taught either in one of two dedicated studios or in the main hall/stage.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn Term - Responding to Stimulus and Modern Nativity Physical Theatre Unit in which students devise two pieces of physical theatre based on given stimuli including War of the Worlds extracts and the Nativity play sections for modern interpretation through music, dance and movement. Assessment is 2 performances.

Spring Term - Responding to Text Unit using Philip Ridley’s Sparkleshark in which students are given an extract to rehearse and perform to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills. Assessment is final performance.

Summer Term - Scriptwriting Unit in which students write, rehearse and perform their own scripts for a group performance to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills using Philip Ridley’s Fairytale Heart as a model example. Assessment is final performance.

Year 8

Autumn Term - Responding to Stimulus and Physical Theatre Unit in which students devise two pieces of physical theatre based on given stimuli including Pandora’s Box myth, The Elephant Man extract and Ballad Poetry and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows sections for modern interpretation through music, dance and movement. Assessment is 2 performances.

Spring Term - Responding to Shakespeare Unit in which students are given a variety of Shakespeare extracts to rehearse and perform to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills. Assessment is final performance.

Summer Term - Scriptwriting Unit in which students write, rehearse and perform their own scripts for a group performance to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills using Our Day Out by Willy Russell as a model example. Assessment is final performance.

Year 9

Autumn Term - Responding to Stimulus and Physical Theatre Unit in which students devise two pieces of physical theatre based on given stimuli including Madworld song by Gary Jules, Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea party image, The Joker from Batman monologues based on the theme of madness in which students create a modern interpretation through music, dance and movement. We then move onto Monologues in which students research, write and perform their own monologue after looking at a variety of published examples. Assessment is 2 performances.

Spring Term - Responding to Shakespeare Unit in which students are given a variety of Shakespeare extracts to rehearse and perform to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills. Assessment is final performance.

Summer Term-Scriptwriting Unit in which students write, rehearse and perform their own scripts for a group performance to their class as audience using both vocal and physical drama skills using Too Much Punch for Judy by Mark Wheeler as a model example. Assessment is final performance.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 GCSE Drama EDEXCEL Exam Board

Autumn Term - Baseline Assessment on the theme of Journeys Responding to Stimuli Unit in which students learn how to apply their KS3 skills to GCSE course and respond to stimulus in a more analytical way in order for them to create a piece of physical theatre based on this theme. Assessment is recorded and students write about the process of devising and also evaluate their performance.

Autumn Term - Spring Term students start component 2 - in which they explore a published play text in groups in order for them to use both vocal and physical drama skills in rehearsal and in the lead up to performance. Mock performance exam in preparation for year 11 final performance of this unit.

Spring - Summer Term students then start component 3: The Crucible Section A for analysis and interpretation in order to realise a scene for performance as actor/director and also designer. Mock written exam in preparation for year 11 final external written exam.

Year 11 GCSE Drama EDEXCEL Exam Board

Component 1: Devising internally assessed exam, worth 40% in which students explore a given theme e.g Persecution, using a variety of stimuli including pictures/objects/poems/articles/songs and they perform this to a video camera and also live audience which is then sent away to the exam board. Students submit a written portfolio which collates their evidence including devising process and evaluating group performance. Students are examined on vocal and physical skills including interaction with performers/audience and also communication skills.

Component 2: Performance from Text, worth 20% revisit this unit in preparation for the visiting examiner in May. Students examined on vocal and physical skills including interaction with performers/audience and also communication skills.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice, worth 40% written external exam: Section B-Live Theatre Evaluation in which students attend a live performance of a national production to write a theatre evaluation in preparation for their final written exam in June.

Revisit Section A: The Crucible for the written external exam in June.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Drama and Theatre Studies A LEVEL

Component 1: Devising, worth 40% in which students study Steven Berkoff’s non-naturalistic play “Metamorphosis” in order to devise their own piece of original theatre using his style and conventions of theatre. Group recorded performance to live audience which is sent away to the exam board.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice, worth 40%. Lysistrata for Section C- exploration of the entire play from the viewpoint of an acclaimed theatre practitioner e.g. complicit through practical and theory based workshops in preparation for final written exam in year 13.

Live Theatre Evaluation preparation for Section A: seeing a live performance of a national well acclaimed play e.g. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to review this in preparation for external final written exam in year 13.

Year 13

Section B - Equus by Peter Schaffer preparation including realisations of scenes in terms of performance and also production design based on exploration of whole play in preparation for final written external exam in June.

Component 2: Text in Performance, worth 20%. Group Performance and Monologues, rehearsal and performance in class and to the visiting examiner.

Return to Component 3 all 3 sections A-C in preparation for the final written exam June.

Outside the Classroom

There are many extra-curricular opportunities that are available to the students while they are on the Drama courses including the annual school musical production. In addition all drama students will be expected to set some time aside to rehearse outside of lessons for examination pieces of theatre. There is an expectation that students will complete coursework notes and preparation in their own time along with doing reading around the subject to improve their overall perception of a variety of theatre styles, practitioners, drama genres, playwrights and directors.