KS4 – EdEXCEL GCSE
At Cranbourne students follow the Edexcel Drama GCSE Course in Year 10 and Year 11. Students will complete two units as controlled assessments, with practical and written elements in each unit.
Unit 1: Drama exploration of a theme, topic or issue and written evaluation of how the group worked, use of techniques and contribution to the creation of drama and written response.
Unit 2: Drama exploration of a play, the characters, plot and themes, and written evaluation of how the group worked, the use of techniques and contribution to the creation of drama. Visit to a live theatre performance and evaluation of the production.
Unit 3: Final performance of a piece of Drama of the students’ choice to an outside examiner.
All the work is designed to be challenging, creative and confidence boosting. This course helps students develop a wide range of skills they can take on to college and future employers.
Drama at KS3 is fun, creative and varied, helping pupils develop a wide range of skills including teamwork, empathy and understanding, evaluation, self-control, self-expression and confidence. This subject is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8 and then is offered as an option for Year 9. KS3 topics covered include:
- Genre and style, such as Pantomime, Melodrama, Physical Theatre, Soap Opera
- Play Studies, a range of texts from Shakespeare to contemporary plays
- Drama exploration of a theme, topic or issue such as peer pressure, WW1 and WW2, the justice system
- Skills development such as improvisation, creating a character and devising skills.
Cranbourne continues to offer a range of extra-curricular Drama experiences to students, which have included in 2014 performance links with the prestigious Theatre Royal Stratford East in London and the Shakespeare Schools Festival with Anvil Arts. We were delighted to perform on stage in London, winning a competition to be one of only six groups invited to create a Curtain Raiser for the revival of the acclaimed production of Joan Littlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War. Students then went on to perform at the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke their 30 minute Macbeth.
This year’s Christmas production is an adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a fun, festive chocolate treat for the whole family.
After successful and inspiring trips to London in the last few years to see Matilda, War Horse, The Woman in Black, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King and Wicked the Drama Department continues to offer students the opportunity to visit the West End at heavily reduced prices. The 7th December 2016 will see a trip to the Prince Edward Theatre and the award winning Broadway transfer production of Aladdin.