Rehearsal and Revision
Pupils are asked to book time during lunch or after school to ensure that their performance pieces are rehearsed to the very best standard.
This extra rehearsal time is beneficial in many ways. It enables pupils to ensure they know their lines and movements within the piece, but it also help them to build their confidence with the character they are portraying. In addition, as the pupils become more used to running through the performance, they will be able to deal with issues such as actors forgetting lines or moving to the wrong place on the stage and they will be able to work around this without breaking their character.
If pupils are responsible for a technical role, using lunchtimes can be very valuable as it allows pupils to become comfortable with the resources they are responsible for. There are many eventualities that pupils need to consider and the more time they spend working on their chosen area in the lead up to the exam , the better equipped they will be to cope with any issues that may arise on the day.
The extra time spent in the department working on all of these aspects will hopefully help pupils to gain better marks within the practical exam. This will then enable them to achieve a higher level of attainment.
Within the department, staff work with pupils on exam questions in class . We also offer extra revision time during lunch times, where pupils can come to Drama to work on problem areas or just spend time going over exam technique. This year, staff have been putting exam questions onto the Google Classroom so that pupils are able to go over these in their own time if they are not able to come into the department for help. This allows them to submit work digitally and ask questions to get the digital support from staff.
All pupils are given a copy of the Drama Lexicon that has all of the up to date terminology that they would be expected to use in the written exam. In addition to this, they are also given the department study guide. This is approximately 60 pages of information. It contains all aspects of elements that could be asked about in the exam. There are also example sheets in this book, that show how things should be laid out. A digital version of the updated booklet will soon be uploaded to the site. A copy will also be available on the Google Classroom.