Head of faculty – Mr A.Milthorpe 

Teacher of drama – Miss E.Oakes

CONTACT - E.Oakes@smithillsschool.net 



The study of Drama at Smithills School aims to encourage pupils to become confident performers through providing a safe, stimulating environment in which to promote self-expression, build self-confidence, enhance creativity and encourage co-operation. 


At Smithills School all Year 7 & Year 8 pupils have one lesson of Drama per fortnight. They begin their drama experience by exploring a range of conventions, physical, vocal and expressive skills that underpin their study of genres, style, scripted and devised drama. Pupils have an opportunity to develop key skills such as self-confidence, communication skills, listening skills, co-operation, concentration and self-control. 



Year 7 & 8 Drama

Year 7 pupils will study key Drama conventions through devised and scripted drama. They will firstly participate and examine the importance of voice and body warm up, gaining relevant knowledge to support control and articulation of speech and improve health and well-being. Pupils will learn key concepts that will support them with remembering and refining devised and scripted work with a growing sense of artistic intention. For each area of study pupils will continually identify strengths and areas for development within their own and others’ work, whilst consistently developing their use of appropriate drama vocabulary. 


Year 9 Drama WJEC Level 2 Award in Creative and Media (Drama)                      


September 2018 onwards. 


This qualification is a supportive foundation for those wishing to study the AQA Technical Award in Performing Arts (Drama) in Year 10 & 11. This exciting qualification has been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning where learners are introduced to a context for learning, review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and review outcomes and learning. This approach mirrors working in the acting industry and also provides for learning in a range of contexts, enabling learners to apply and extend their learning. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in the Drama, creative and media industries and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training. Pupils will learn how to propose and present ideas or solutions in response to stage and TV/film acting briefs. This is an exciting work related qualification for those wishing to enter the arts industry. 


Year 10 & 11 AQA Technical Award in Performing Arts (Drama)

This new and exciting course offers pupils a multi-discipline qualification with the opportunity to perform, learn production skills and discover more about careers in the performing arts sector.Pupils will develop a further exploration drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and conventions. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of Drama and theatre.


Unit 1: Unlocking creativity (internally assessed) 30%

60 marks 


Core knowledge and understanding of the following:


• Portfolio of supporting evidence (30 marks)

• The recorded pitch (25 marks)

• Transferable skill (5 marks).


Pupils will learn, examine, analyse, evaluate and provide a performance idea based on guidance from a range of practitioner DVDs. Pupils will understand, plan and deliver the activities required to put on a successful performance including business planning and pitching. Pupils will produce a portfolio of research, planning and ideas to enable them to put on a performance. They will then go on to pitch this idea as a group to camera. A short extract of the performance idea will also be presented.


Unit 2: The production/performance (internally assessed) 30%

60 marks 


DVD of final performance/production (55 marks): where production skills are nominated a short DVD demonstrating the learner's ability to work within their nominated skills area. The work demonstrated must be for the performance given by the group.


• Transferable skill (5 marks).

• Logbook outlining their contribution to the final performance/production with details of nominated skill chosen for assessment.


Pupils will work towards producing a performance to an audience based on a list of five briefs. Pupils will choose a minimum of two disciplines from either a list of performance roles including acting, dancing, singing, instrumental musician, musical theatre, variety performance, pantomime, physical theatre and circus skills or a list of production roles including costume, set design, properties, make-up, lighting, sound, stage, original writing, directing, choreography, PR and film production.


Unit 3: The performing arts experience (externally assessed) 40%

 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks


A combination of multiple choice questions, short answers, extended responses, design/devising questions.


Pupils will draw on knowledge and understanding from units 1 and 2 and be able to identify, describe, explain, analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities within the performing arts industry, the role of performing arts in society, the approaches to rehearsal and working as a deviser/performer/director, marketing and public relations, health and safety, design and technical elements and reviewing performances. The synoptic nature of this unit allows pupils to respond to a range of questions designed to assess their knowledge across the performing arts.

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