Staff


Mr Hardie – Subject Leader Drama
Mr Sulleyman


National 4 Drama
The course consists of three mandatory Units, including the Added Value Unit.
Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at National 5.

Drama Skills (National 4):
In this Unit, learners will explore and develop drama skills and ways of communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to stimuli. They will also learn how to develop portrayal of character and will develop knowledge of form, structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama.
Learners will develop knowledge of social and cultural influences on drama. They will also learn how to reflect on their own progress and that of other learners.

Drama: Production Skills (National 4):
In this Unit, learners will explore and develop production skills. They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting. Learners will use problem- solving skills in order to generate ideas for presenting drama.

Added Value Unit: Drama: Performance (National 4):
The learners will prepare for, participate in and reflect on a small-scale drama performance in a selected role. They will be internally assessed on the following areas:

  • Selecting ideas showing an understanding of social and cultural influences on drama
  • Selecting and applying skills and knowledge appropriate to the selected role
  • Carrying out their selected role effectively
  • Reflecting on their work and that of others

National 5 Drama

The course consists of three mandatory Units, including the Added Value Unit.
Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Higher.

Course Description:
National 5 Drama provides opportunities for learners to develop skills creating and presenting drama. This Course focuses on the development and use of a range of drama skills and production skills to present drama.  This Course is practical and experimental.

Aims of Course:
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • Generate and communicate thoughts and ideas when creating drama
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of social and cultural influences on drama
  • Develop a range of skills in presenting drama
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and the use of a range of production skills when presenting drama
  • Explore form, structure, genre and style

Drama Skills (National 5):

In this Unit, learners will provide evidence to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of drama skills when they create drama. Using stimuli, including text, learners will use drama skills when they create and present drama as an actor. Learners will evaluate their own work and that of other learners.

Drama: Production Skills (National 5):

In this Unit, learners will provide evidence to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a range of production skills. Learners will use production skills to enhance drama when presenting. Learners will evaluate their own work and that of other learners.

Course Assessment:

The Course assessment will consist of two Components, a question paper that will have 40 marks (40% of the total mark) and a performance. The performance is the Added Value Unit and will have 60 marks in total (60% of the total mark). For the performance the learners can either be assessed as an actor or for their chosen production role. Both will be externally assessed.

Higher Drama

Entry Level: National 5 Drama or other Drama experience/training.

Course Description:
This exciting course allows the student to extend the Creative Drama skills developed at National 5 and to acquire new skills, knowledge and understanding involved in the exploration of how a complete dramatic text may be communicated through theatre.

Aims of Course

  • To investigate relationships, issues and topics.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of aspects of theatre.
  • To develop acting and directing skills and contribute to a presentation.
  • To experience theatrical performance.

 

Unit 1: Drama Skills (Higher):

In this Unit, learners will apply complex drama skills and develop ways of communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to stimuli, including text.

They will also learn how to portray character in a range of ways and explore form, structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama.

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural influences on drama. They will also learn how to evaluate their own progress and that of other learners.

Unit 2: Drama: Production Skills (Higher):

In this Unit, learners will explore and apply complex production skills while exploring Antigone by Sophocles translation by Robert Fagels.

Learners will learn how to respond to stimuli, including text, to communicate ideas for a production. They will develop ideas and production skills within their chosen production roles.

Course Assessment:

The Course assessment will consist of two Components, a question paper and a performance.

The Question Paper has two sections and is worth 40 marks (40% of the total mark). In Section A, JGHS learners will write an essay response to a selected question about Antigone by Sophocles translation by Robert Fagels. In Section B the learners will write an essay response to a question about a live theatre performance that the class will have seen during the year.

The performance is the Added Value Unit and will have 60 marks in total (60% of the total mark). For the performance the learners can either be assessed as an actor, performing two sections, one from Antigone by Sophocles translation by Robert Fagels and one from a teacher selected play, or for their chosen production role. Both the Question paper and the Added Value Unit are externally assessed.