For details of assessment (dates, tasks and criteria) for KS4 (Years 10 and 11), please see the GCSE Drama page.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):
A formal assessment will take place at least four times over the course of the year.
Each class ‘runs at their own pace’ with regard to the topics covered in Drama, but this graded practical and/or creative task will usually occur at the following points for all year groups:
Assessment One: between the end of October and the end of November
Assessment Two: between the beginning of February and the beginning of March
Assessment Three: between the end of April and the end of May
Assessment Four: between the beginning and the end of June.
An additional assessment may take place at the end of July, perhaps based on a ‘one-off’ task through which learners are awarded a grade; this will be at the discretion of the individual class teacher.
All Year 9 students will, in addition to the above, be individually assessed in voice and presence at the start of 2016, in order to further ascertain their suitability for Drama at as an option at KS4. This highly individualised and “mini-assessment” will be linked to a topic on ‘Power’ and will require learners to deliver part or all of a selected speech which Ms Marston will provide a week in advance.
Preparing for Assessments in Drama:
There is not usually any compulsory homework set for Drama at KS3, however, in preparing for one of the four formal assessments, students will be expected to perhaps learn lines off-by-heart or give an hour’s ‘thinking’ or ‘rehearsal’ time to ensuring that they are ready to perform with their group. Those students considering taking Drama further are encouraged to add production elements – such as costumes – to their assessed performance, so that they can go some way towards realising a ‘piece of theatre’ in this task. Assessed performances will take place wherever possible under theatre lighting in the drama studio, and group assessments will be performed to the rest of the class during lesson. Any solo or paired assessed acting performances will be observed by the teacher and a few peers, but not necessarily observed by the whole of a class.
Students are encouraged to make use of their iPads in order to film, vocally record, take photos of and research their work throughout schemes of work so that they might independently assess their own progress and make decisions on how best to improve their work. When performances are formally assessed, the teacher will oversee that all work is filmed so that it can form part of an evaluative experience for both learner and teacher. Teacher grading, comments and student evaluation following the four formal assessments will be recorded in learners’ feedback books. The pro-forma used for this is attached here:
The asessment criteria for all KS3 learners in Drama at Chesterton is attached here: