Drama is vital for communication and success in learning across all subjects and in the wider world; and our Drama curriculum reflects this.
The world of Drama and Theatre is a pillar stone to the world that is Performing Arts. Drama is vital for communication and success in learning across all subjects and in the wider world; and our Drama curriculum reflects this. As our students journey through the Drama curriculum they will learn to use Drama as a craft to question and challenge their perception of the world all while developing their emotional intelligence and how to express themselves with emotion and clarity.
Students will learn and develop the essential performance skills of communication, development of character, devising techniques, character and script analysis and ability to confidently apply a range of vocal and physical skills. In addition to these performance skills, our students will learn, develop and sharpen the essential skills of communication, creativity, collaboration, clarity of expression, autonomy, leadership and confidence.
Analyse & Explore
In Drama, students analyse and explore a vast range of styles, practitioners and performances from Key Stage 3 all the way through to Key Stage 5. Through the exploration of different styles and practitioners students analyse performances (both professional and peer) to lay a foundation of knowledge and understanding before creating themselves.
Create & Develop
Applying their acquired knowledge and understanding, students are challenged to create their own pieces of theatre (devising from stimuli, creating their own interpretation of professional repertoire); then through the rehearsal process with the support of peer and teacher feedback students develop their own and peers’ performance and overall piece of theatre. In Key Stage 3 this takes the shape of attempting to create character, with valid attempts at communicating a thought or emotion to the audience and using theatrical conventions and devising techniques. This then progresses to the creation of sophisticated characters, complicated relationships and challenging pieces of theatre in Key Stage 4 and 5.
Share & Evaluate
Performance, audience feedback and evaluation are an imperative part of the creative process. Students regularly share their practical work to an audience, whether that be a peer or the whole class. With each performance, either live or watching their recorded performances back; students evaluate their own work and the work of their peers by focusing on characterisation, effective communication, application theatre style and techniques and audience interpretation. This evaluative work informs the students in the next phase of the creative process, improving their work and/ or applying their new knowledge to the next creative task.