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The Drama Faculty

The Drama  Faculty



Mark Sheridan –  Teacher of Drama and English


Drama at Fearnhill School is a lively and popular subject, both within the curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity. It builds successful relationships, raises confidence levels and improves skills needed in all subject areas. There is a Drama Studio which is used for most Drama lessons and performances, and the school hall.

There are extra-curricular opportunities each year for students throughout the school to become involved in.

School Performance 2016


Inside The Classroom-Drama

Students will cover a range of drama skills and explore a variety of stimulus to create drama. Topics during Key stage 3 include Murder Mystery, Silent Movies, WW1, Shakespeare and Myths and Legends. Stimuli include: play scripts, poetry, novel extracts, newspaper articles and historical accounts. Drama GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor 
This course gives students the opportunity to explore plays, theatre styles, themes and issues in a highly creative and practical way. Emphasis is placed on team work and learning through experience. Students are assessed in practical activities and they also complete written course work. There is a performance exam during Year 11.

What is covered:

Component 1: Devising Theatre
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
40% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a
piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential
theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.
Learners must produce:
 a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
 a portfolio of supporting evidence
 an evaluation of the final performance or design.
Component 2: Performing from a Text
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner
20% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen
by the centre.
Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from
both extracts.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification
Section A: Set Text
A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:
1. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
3. Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
4. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
5. DNA, Dennis Kelly.
Section B: Live Theatre Review
One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

More information about the exam

Drama GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

What is covered

Component 1: Drama and theatre


What is covered:

Component 1: Drama and theatre
What’s assessed

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B
Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)
What’s assessed

Process of creating devised drama
Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)
What’s assessed

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play
Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

More information can be found here