Our S3 course follows the level 4 Experiences and Outcomes outlined in Curriculum for Excellence – Expressive Arts Curriculum Area.
Pupils work in small groups and individually to create a piece of drama for performance. As this is the first stage of their course choice the classes are supportive and focused with all the pupils working towards the same goal. Units are based on improving and introducing new skills due to their experience and maturity. They are delivered through the vehicle of themes and issues and these are used as a stimulus to create work. All units of work include both practical and written tasks. They are unit-by-unit varied activities and they work individually, in pairs and in groups.
Units of work involve:
Unit 1 (June-October) Drama Skills - working from a stimulus paper, students generate ideas for a devised drama which they then write, direct and perform in themselves. This unit further develops the core skills in creating drama: characterisation, directing, movement, voice, scriptwriting, evaluation and cements the understanding of concepts and terminology.
Unit 2 (October-December) Production Skills - working from published stage texts, students recieve a masterclass in each of the main production skills (Costume Design, Props Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Set Design, Hair & Makeup Design and Stage Management). They then choose one specialist area to develop design ideas for using the text worked with in class.
Unit 3 (Jan-May) Final Production - which brings all of these production skills together – working from Stimuli of different historic decades to form the students’ own original production culminating in a performance to an invited audience. Students choose a production specialism and an acting role (or they may have the opportunity to direct).
Within each unit of work, there are formal and informal opportunities for self and peer assessment as well as written and practical assessments carried out by the teacher to assess drama skills, production skills and knowledge and understanding.
The department supports a positive homework policy.
Homework is set regularly to support and consolidate classroom experiences. Some homework assignments will require pupils to carry out research in their own time. Most homework assignments throughout the S3 course will follow on from practical work created in class, and for this reason it becomes very important to maintain a good attendance record in order to keep up-to-date.
Recording and Reporting
The end of unit practical and written assessments form the basis for the comments in the pupil report issued in parents March.
Assessment evidence is also used to inform decisions about progression in S4, when pupils who choose to remain in the Drama Department will study Drama at either National 4 or National 5 Levels.