Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in important ways and helps students 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, co-operation and communication skills to name but a few.
How we organise learning
During Years 7 & 8, students receive 12 double lessons per year. These lessons teach students skills in drama and performance as well as introducing skill areas relevant for GCSE, 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. This is done mainly through practical work, using a variety of stimulus themes including anti-bullying, disasters of the world and evacuation.
- Use a variety of skills and resources to explore ideas through the medium of 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 & 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.
Drama in key stage 4
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts
Link: Performing Arts BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award
Drama in key stage 4 is taught under the umbrella of performing arts, with students choosing to specialise in one particular area.