Drama allows us to communicate with and better understand others. It helps us to live and work in a world that is increasingly team-orientated. The benefits of drama are physical, emotional and social, as it develops personal qualities such as confidence, imagination, empathy and co-operation.
How we organise learning
During key stage 3, students study drama as part of a performing arts rotation. They develop skills in drama and performance, as well as preparing for elements of key stage 4 work such as lighting and stage management.
Drama in key stage 3
The aim of key stage 3 drama is to develop students’ awareness of the basic elements of creating, performing and evaluating in preparation for key stage 4. This is done mainly through practical work, using a variety of stimulus themes including anti-bullying, disasters of the world and evacuation. Students:
- Use a variety of skills and resources to explore ideas through drama
- Work imaginatively as individuals, in pairs and in groups
- Use props, set, lighting and make-up in their creative work
- Use scripts, texts and poetry
- Explore historical, social and cultural influences
As well as developing their performance skills and their knowledge and appreciation of the subject, drama enables students to mature into capable independent learners. Drama greatly enhances literacy skills. Reading is improved through the use of different texts, and speaking and listening skills are honed through rehearsal and performance.
In common with other subjects, students learn how to evaluate their own work and the work of others, using the appropriate subject language. They can do this, for example, by taking on the role of the director. Students often video their work to watch it back to help them to develop and improve.