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Drama & Performing Arts

Head of Subject

- Tony McVeigh

Assessment at KS3

The following areas are assessed using a combination of self, peer and teacher assessment:

  • Group Work

  • Making

  • Performing

  • Responding

Year 8 units of work:

  • Bullying

  • Text

  • Circus

  • Storytelling

Year 9 units of work:

  • Pantomine

  • Peer Pressure

  • Battle Cries

  • Script

Year 10 units of work:

  • Secret Annexe

  • Shakespeare

  • Performance

  • Technical Roles

Extracurricular Drama

Drama Club after school on Thursdays 3.30pm-4.30pmAutumn and Spring terms

Key stage 4 revision Thursdays 3.30pm-4.30pm


November 2015: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Shakespeare Schools Festival

June 2016: ‘Wae a heart and a half’ in association with Ulster Scots & Class Act Drama

October 2016: ‘The Tempest’ Shakepeare Schools Festival’

KS4 Specification

Unit1: Understanding Drama

Unit 2: Drama Performance

In Unit 1, students study one of the eight set texts listed below:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

  • Pygmalion (Shaw)

  • Juno and the Paycock (O'Casey)

  • The Crucible (Miller)

  • Philadelphia Here I Come (Friel)

  • Tea in a China Cup (Reid)

  • Blood Brothers (Russell)

  • Across the Barricades (Lingard/adapted by David Ian Neville)

Drama is a fun and exciting subject which is academic and practical in nature. Students can study drama and performing arts throughout their time at Erne Integrated College.

Progression in Drama & Performing Arts at EIC

Key Stage 3 – One 35 minute lesson per week

Key Stage 4 – 5 35 minute lessons studying either GCSE Drama or Performing Arts

Post-16 – BTEC Performing Arts – Fermanagh Learning Community

What will you learn in years 8-10?

Drama is a statutory part of the Northern Ireland curriculum at Key Stage 3. At Erne Integrated College it is taught as an explicit subject with every student receiving one 35 minute lesson per week.

At Key Stage 3 the focus is on developing thinking skills and personal capabilities through a range of learning experiences.

Students should be able to:

  • research and manage information effectively to investigate issues, including Using Mathematics and Using ICT where appropriate;

  • show deeper understanding by thinking critically and flexibly, solving problems and making informed decisions, demonstrating Using Mathematics and Using ICT where appropriate;

  • demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through;

  • work effectively with others;

  • demonstrate self-management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance.

  • communicate effectively in oral, visual, written and ICT formats, showing clear awareness of audience and purpose.

What will you learn at GCSE Level?

Students currently follow the CCEA Drama specification. Please note the final year of entry for this specification is 2018.

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • develop a personal interest in drama and be motivated and inspired by studying a broad, coherent and rewarding course of study;

  • actively engage in the process of dramatic study to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;

  • work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;

  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others;

  • develop and demonstrate competence in a range of pracical, creative and performance skills;

  • develop as active citizens for their future, in employment and society, as well as for the possible further study of drama; and

  • consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.

Assessment at Key Stage 4

Unit 1 is assessed through a compulsory written exam that takes place in the summer of the second year.

Unit 2 is a practical unit. Students must complete two controlled assessment tasks. One of these is a compulsory element: Scripted Performance.

Assessment is continuous so attendance at rehearsals and to lessons is vitally important.

Students also choose one element from the following five options:

  • Devised Performance;

  • Improvisation;

  • Dance Drama;

  • Mime; or

  • Design Support.

For more information, see the specification.

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