Drama

‘The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.”’                                                                                                                                                                                                          Timothy 1:6

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in all of us and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”                                                                                                                Marianne Williamson

Powerful knowledge

  • Students will develop their ability to communicate with confidence, creativity and passion.
  • Students will use their creativity effectively in order to engage an audience through performance.
  • Students will understand the power of theatre and the arts as a means of communication.
  • Students will develop their ability and understanding of how to portray a character.
  • Students will be tolerant of others and contribute to creating a safe space where others are free to explore, challenge, reflect and improve.
  • Students will understand how to assess and evaluate their own work and the work of others, in a constructive manner to enhance performance.
  • Students will have ownership of their work and a desire to challenge themselves and be challenged.
  • Students will gain a social awareness of the importance of working with others of mixed ability and will adapt their approach to ensure others feel comfortable.
  • Students will understand theatrical discipline as both a performer and an audience member. They will cooperate in a Christian way showing tolerance, empathy and awareness of others

Curriculum intent:

The Drama curriculum is extensive and rich; allowing students the space to develop and explore their creativity and imagination. Drama is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world.  The curriculum provides invaluable opportunities for students to cultivate their ability to be creative whilst producing high quality, engaging pieces of theatre and broadening their perspective on the world.  Due to the growth in the communication technology industry, the ability to be able to articulate and present your ideas with confidence has become more important than ever.  In studying drama, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing; all skills that are key to the modern and professional world in which we live.  Developing skills in presentation and self-confidence is now a vital quality required in most if not all industries.  The drama curriculum cultivates an environment in which these skills can be fostered and built upon.  The curriculum promotes the students’ knowledge and understanding of the devising process.  Their ability to create engaging drama is underpinned by their understanding and knowledge of theoretical concepts and development techniques. Students will learn about a variety of practitioners, theatre companies and elements of stage management.  Through the curriculum, students are challenged both physically and emotionally and are given the opportunity to express themselves, their thoughts and their feelings about social issues that may otherwise be difficult to vocalise.  Our aim is for each and every student to feel comfortable and confident enough to explore their ability freely, to challenge themselves and to be challenged.  Alongside staff, students will create a space in which they are able to do this. They will be encouraged to explore, play and develop their creative minds as an outlet, an explorative tool and a means of communication.  Students will be given the opportunity to fully engage with the subject and develop a love and respect for the arts and the experiences it can offer.  They will recognise the relationships it can build and the passion it can ignite.

KS3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to develop students’ creativity and their ability to understand and create engaging drama. Students are challenged to explore a range of topics and issues whilst developing their knowledge of theatre and performance skills.  Knowledge and skills are re-visited in each year group to consolidate learning and embed understanding. The level of expectation increases throughout each scheme of work as students’ knowledge broadens and their ability to create, perform and respond improves.

KS4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to further develop students’ creativity, their knowledge of theatre and their ability to understand the creative process. Students are taught to be dedicated and hard working in their studies and are challenged to tackle a wide range of topics and issues which may otherwise be difficult to discuss, documenting their process along the way. Students are encouraged to make independent decisions throughout the devising process and to be self-critical. They develop their ability to be brave in exposing their creations and sharing their work; attributes which are highly commended in the wider world in which we live.

KS5

The Key Stage 5 curriculum is designed to refine and embed students’ skill set and to develop highly skilled and knowledgeable performers with the ability to analyse the process of creating drama. Students will expand their knowledge of a wide range of practitioners and explore their creative minds through independent learning and exploration.  They will explore topics and issues whilst setting their own agenda, taking ownership of their work whilst developing leadership skills.  The curriculum offers exposure to a wide breadth of styles of theatre, expanding students’ knowledge, awareness and aspirations.  Students have the opportunity to develop their discipline, confidence and ability to accept criticism; all imperative skills to possess in any chosen career

Curriculum Enrichment:

Students have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. Students’ learning is enriched through their commitment to extra-curricular groups and the variety of opportunities they are given.  The department produces musicals, pantomimes, music, art and drama festivals, and showcases both scripted and devised work.  We run regular theatre trips throughout the year, making the most of the professional theatres in the surrounding cities.  Students have been given the opportunity to work with new, current and exciting scripts alongside the National connections programme.  Students are also offered an abundance of time in which to rehearse their pieces before, during and after school in supervised rehearsals.  We offer a number of leadership opportunities for our more experienced students; offering directorial responsibility, working alongside younger students in lessons, creating videos to share with students, modelling examples and taking on stage management roles and responsibilities.  An external Drama group runs during the Monday enrichment hour. We have excellent links with external performance groups and professionals within the industry.  We invite professional and working actors and performers to run workshops to develop students’ exposure to theatre.  Most recently we have had Footlights, the Cambridge University Theatre Group, visiting and running workshops for our Year 7's, GCSE and A Level groups.  We run stage fighting workshops yearly and provide opportunities for students to gain an insight into the technical element of theatre.

Cross curricular integration:

Music - Performance skills and the ability to be an active audience.  

PE - “Being a good audience”.  Developing understanding of how to be a respectful audience. At the start of the year links are made between the subjects using common language and explanations.  Exploring opportunities for students to use their performance skills in other ways. 

Psychology - Exploring the ability to understand others and the importance of reading non-verbal communication.

English - All Year 7 students read Blood Brothers. 

Transition learning opportunities:

Year 4/5 Days - Drama / Music lead sessions. Useful for assessing performance ability and what performance skills have been explored at primary school.

Year 7 Summer School - Provides the opportunity for staff to begin to get an idea of baseline ability.  

Personal Information booklets on entry - Including any performance groups they attend outside of school.

Baseline assessment - All Year 7 students complete a questionnaire about their experience of Drama in Primary School and any experiences they may have had outside of school.