National 5 Drama

Purpose

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 experiential.

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

 

As learners develop practical skills creating and presenting drama, they will also develop knowledge and understanding of cultural and social influences on drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they investigate, develop and apply a range of drama skills.

Course Details

This course consists of two core units as well as a practical examination and a written exam paper.  Although the unit titles are the same as Higher there is a focus on Theatre Practitioners and their impact on modern theatre. Students will be required to analyse the influences, theories and practice of these practitioners.

Drama Skills

Outcome 1

The candidate will:

1          Use a range of drama skills by:

1.1       Responding to a range of stimuli, including text, to develop ideas for drama

1.2       Developing a range of drama skills to communicate ideas

1.3       Applying a range of drama skills to communicate ideas

1.4       Evaluating their own work and that of others

 

Outcome 2

The candidate will:

2          Contribute to the drama process by:

2.1       Researching, planning and devising drama

2.2       Using a range of acting skills in order to portray character

2.3       Exploring form, genre, structure and style

2.4       Evaluating their own work and that of others

They will plan, research and develop their ideas in response to a range of stimuli including text. They will also develop and apply their drama skills, and evaluate their contribution to the drama and that of their peers.

Production Skills

Outcome 1

The candidate will:

1          Analyse a range of production skills in drama by:

1.1       Responding to stimuli, including text, to generate ideas for a production

1.2       Applying a range of production skills to communicate ideas

1.3       Evaluating the use of a range of production skills

 

Outcome 2

The candidate will:

2          Apply a range of production skills in drama by:

2.1       Selecting appropriate ideas to develop a performance concept

2.2       Applying a range of production skills within a production

2.3       Evaluating their contribution to the drama and that of others

It is designed to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of a range of production skills, use of production skills to enhance drama when presenting, development of a performance concept as an actor or in a production role, and ability to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Candidates will need to act and take on one other production area.

Examination

Component 1 — Practical Exam

The practical exam will have 60 marks (60% of the total mark). The practical exam has two sections.

 

  • Section 1 will have 50 marks.
    • For the performance in the chosen role of acting or design.
  • Section 2 will have 10 marks (Preparation for Performance).
    • These marks are awarded for a report based on their chosen role and production.

Component 2 — Question Paper

The project will have 40 marks (40% of the total mark).

 

  • Section 1 – 10 Marks
    • Discuss the area you were assessed on in the final exam whether it was acting or design and evaluate the final exam.
  • Section 2 – 30 Marks
    • In this section you must create a play from a selection of given stimuli. Once you have come up with a play you must answer questions on the structure and content of the play as well as how you might stage it.

 

Total 100 Marks

 

Term Checklist

Term 1

  1. Explore Stimulus and make notes in your Drama Skills booklet
  2. Fill in the 2 spider diagrams with your ideas
  3. Develop plotline for your Drama Skills play
  4. Make sure you know what scene you are directing/ developing and finish it over the summer holidays

Term 2

Drama Skills Focus

  1. Keep a rehearsal Drama Diary
  2. Performance of Drama Skills
  3. Evaluation of Drama Skills Performance to be done in class
  4. Complete Drama Skills booklet

Term 3

Production Skills Focus

  1. Production Skills – select a production skill you would like to explore plus acting
  2. Fill in Drama Diary and Production Skills booklet throughout the rehearsal process.
  3. Performance/Demonstration of Production skills
  4. Evaluation
  5. Complete Production Skills booklet
  6. National 4s – Begin Added Value Unit

Term 4

National 5

  1. Preparation for Performance
  2. Prelim and Final Practical exam to take place

National 4

  1. Complete Added Value Booklet
  2. Perform Added Value Unit