Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyUnfortunately it wont let us upload the audio file at present.... we hope to get it on soon. thanks50 mins ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyPlease have a listen to an audio file of one of our year 8 classes creating an atmospheric Batman piece from earlier this week!! Be great to see lots of the community, parents and students at next weeks autumn concert!1 day ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademy@Morenoeverett1 No worries, maybe he nipped out during the photo and just missed it. We have entered 2 teams of 4 in to the ks3 and ks4 competition for badminton so hoping for those who attend and want to play to be able to, unless we get lots more turn up then we will need to select. Thanks.2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @YorkCares: Good to meet with Zoe from @ArupGroup and Rob from @ValeYorkAcademy to discuss plans for #projectdare2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademy@Morenoeverett1 Hi, this was who was present this Monday evening after school so he must have missed it this week. If not maybe he was getting changed as I took it before heading out on year 8 football match! Sorry - next time. 👍2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @yckfoundation: Once again our thanks to all schools who travelled from across North Yorkshire to compete in our @SkyTryRL @Schools_RL f…2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @yckfoundation: On Course To Break All Records! 13 teams competed across 6 pitches in our @SkyTryRL @Schools_RL Yr 7 & Yr 9 festival th…2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyOur year 8 boys football team played really well this evening against bootham tonight drawing 4-4! Great play guys well done! Next game next week away to Holy Family. https://t.co/lRMz3Y4MiK3 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyMrs Colville's trampolining club - monday nights are busy! Outstanding efforts and performances as always ladies! https://t.co/BJUurwHVL43 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyOur great badminton students practicing for tournament in a few weeks time! Great work guys! https://t.co/2BJHaTiqKy3 days ago
Vale of York Academy
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Vale of York Academy
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Barlby High School
Manor CE Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary

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Drama

Curriculum aim

Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging subject allowing students to learn how to explore performance. We aim to help students develop skills in speaking, listening, presentation skills and developing confidence. Drama also helps develop empathy, enabling students to have an understanding for others.

Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

Students will study a range of genres, styles, practitioners and scripts. Throughout each year they will develop their skills in devising from a variety of stimulus materials. They will learn how to work as a group as well as being in charge of writing up their rehearsal notes and personal developments.

GCSE Drama

Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course allowing students to learn how to explore performance. The course helps students develop skills in empathy, speaking, listening, presentation skills and developing confidence.

Our students follow the AQA GCSE drama. The specification can be found here: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

There are three components to the course:

  1. Understanding drama

Students are assessed on:

  • Their knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • The study of one set play from a choice of six. (Current year groups are studying ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller or ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

This knowledge is assessed through a written exam taken in Y11.

The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth 80 marks which is 40% of their GCSE.

  1. Devising drama

Students are assessed on:

  • The process of creating devised drama.
  • The performance of devised drama
  • Their analysis and evaluation of own work.

There are 80 marks for this component, 60 marks for a Devising Log and 20 marks for their Devised Performance. This component is worth 40% of their GCSE.

  1. Texts in practice

Students are asked to study, select and perform two extracts from one play.

There are 40 marks for this component, 20 for each extract. This will make up 20% of their final GCSE.

All practical exams take place on an evening with an invited audience. We aim to perform at least six times over the three-year GCSE course; showcasing two devised pieces, extracts from our set text and our final text in practice work.

To ensure success in Drama, students will need to:

  • Complete their devising logs on time.
  • Respond to both written and verbal feedback.
  • Learn lines for their productions.
  • Source costumes and props.
  • Learn about all roles in the theatre.
  • Practice exam questions.
Career destinations

Communication and confidence are key skills in any job, and you will develop these skills throughout your Drama studies.

There are no limits to how, who, or what you want to be. Drama gives you confidence; the ability to be able to stand up and say – this is who I am and what I’m capable of. It helps you to understand life from a different view, taking on different characters, emotions and problems. It trains you for the future when you may experience similar scenarios in your own life.

Extra-curricular activities

Drama Club

This runs after school on a Friday and is open to all year groups. We explore a variety of themes and create performances for: open evening, Hallowe’en, Christmas, Easter concert and our summer arts day.

Scripted Show

Students in Years 7-9 are invited to audition for our scripted play. Auditions are held at the end of September with a performance date at the end of January.

Our past productions have included:

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden
  • The Witches
  • Danny the Champion of the World
  • Box of Delights

Musical

Each spring term we hold auditions for our Whole School Musical. Students across all year groups are invited to try out for both main and choral parts.

The show takes place in the second to last week of term across two evenings. Rehearsals are across lunch-times and after school and students are given a schedule of when they are needed.

Past productions have included:

  • Dracula Spectacula
  • We Will Rock You
  • The Wiz
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Bugsy Malone
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Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Drama is Bex Nicholson who can be contacted by email at b.nicholson@valeofyorkacademy.org

Follow us on Twitter @ValeOfYorkDrama 

 

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Unfortunately it wont let us upload the audio file at present.... we hope to get it on soon. thanks