Skip to content ↓

Copleston High School

Year 8

What Will I Learn?

Over the year, pupils will use the skills from the previous year to gain an experience of different genres of performance. Such as Comedy, Physical Theatre and Melodrama.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Through practical assessment at the end of every unit of work and the completion of their assessment booklets.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Pupils will work in groups a lot thus resulting in the development of key life skills such as negotiation and communication.
  • Evaluative tasks reflecting on others’ and their own work.
  • Practical tasks that will develop self-confidence.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Will build on the skills taught in Year 7 so pupils now have an understanding of key skills and a variety of different performance styles.

Year 9

What Will I Learn?

This year, pupils will be given the opportunity to perform to an external audience to develop performance skills as well as working as part of a team in a highly pressured environment.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Through practical assessment at the end of every unit of work and the completion of their assessment booklets.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Pupils will work in groups a lot thus resulting in the development of key life skills such as negotiation and communication.
  • Evaluative tasks reflecting on others’ and their own work.
  • Practical tasks that will develop self-confidence.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Pupils will now have developed the necessary skill set to cope with the GCSE Drama course

Year 10

What Will I Learn?

Pupils will learn how to create a piece of work from a given stimulus and key performance skills. Whilst also developing key life skills such as negotiation, communication, self-confidence and an awareness of to present and articulate themselves both vocally and physically.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Pupils will be assessed throughout the year against the GCSE Drama curriculum.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Theatre visits to watch performances to develop pupils understanding.
  • Group work to devise and create pieces as well as independent completion of written coursework under controlled conditions.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

During the summer term pupils will start the first unit of work for the GCSE so prior to this will be completing mock units to identify and develop the necessary skills.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

Pupils will complete the first unit of work during the Autumn term completing just before Christmas. This is a Devising unit.

In the Spring Term students perform scripted extracts to an external Examiner.

The final unit the pupils have to complete is a written examination sat in May of Year 11, where they study ‘Blood Brothers’ and complete a live theatre review.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Pupils will be assessed throughout the year against the GCSE Drama curriculum and by an external examiner.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Theatre visits to watch performances to develop pupils understanding.
  • Group work to devise and create pieces as well as independent completion of written coursework under controlled conditions.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

At the end of this course pupils will have gained a great deal of subject specific knowledge that will enable them to complete further study in this area. 
They will also have developed key life skills that are crucial to succeed in today’s current competitive market.


Curriculum Maps

A summary of some of the topics we study are outlined in our curriculum maps:


How will my child be assessed?

 

Assessment and Feedback Outline Approach

KS3

2 units are taught each term, 1 of these units has a formal summative assessment which receives detailed written Teacher feedback. This is fed back in the KS3 Drama booklets.  The other unit has more of a practical focus and evaluation is completed in verbal form by students. Teachers give immediate verbal feedback throughout lessons and also in response to every performance, outlining positives and areas to develop. Peer and self-assessment appears in every unit in both written and verbal form.

KS4

Each unit completed is a mock of the actual exam units which we do in Year 11 to complete the GCSE course. This ensures that all feedback given is relevant to the course, as we do not teach/study any units that are not mocks of the 3 units sat.  Written Mock exams in Year 10 and 11 also have detailed written feedback and students are made to respond to feedback by revisiting and improving answers to longer mark questions.  Students self and peer assess in every unit, and this is a vital part of their coursework also. Each half term students are given a lengthy A4 feedback sheet detailing positives/improvements made and addressing areas to develop alongside also being set a target for the next half term.

KS5

Year 12 is again a practice of the 4 units of the A Level course, which are sat/undertaken in Year 13. Weekly essays on the set texts are set and lengthy written feedback linked to mark schemes is provided. The constant re-visiting of the exam questions ensures that students have regular feedback and does not let one unit/exam paper fall short whilst another is being taught. There are 2 written exams and 3 set texts, so weekly essays are alternated between the 3 to give fair access to all. Students are given 1-2-1 coursework feedback sessions, in these sessions they are provided with lengthy written feedback plus verbal feedback on how to develop their coursework.  This is also the case after formal mock exams.