Why study Drama?
Drama is part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum and is also available as a Key Stage 4 option subject. For interested Key Stage 3 students, we also offer an extra-curricular Drama club.
The drama curriculum has been designed to encourage the students to express themselves and communicate with confidence on a variety of levels. The broad and ambitious drama curriculum aims to develop young people who can function and contribute to our society as well rounded, articulate and creative individuals who have a respect for performance arts.
To achieve this our curriculum will:
- Explore contemporary topics/issues, through drama in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment
- Teach and promote a command over students’ vocal and physical skills to allow them to approach a range of communication tasks such as presenting with confidence
- Give students the opportunity to explore theatre from a design perspective considering the meaning that aspects of design can communicate to an audience
- Promote a love of reading by sharing a variety of texts and exploring them creatively using drama techniques and strategies
- Make links between stimuli presented, students’ lives’ and the ever-changing world around them
- Promote empathy with others outside of their own social, cultural and historical setting
- Give students opportunities to appreciate and evaluate live, professional theatre and the different aspects of a production
- Guide students to devise and script their own drama for performance by applying a range of conventions and styles
- Develop students’ individual character including their resilience and grit by giving them the opportunity to work closely with peers to achieve a common goal
- Develop literacy skills through writing to analyse and evaluate drama created, considered and seen
Why Learn Drama?
“Dramatic playing is essential for children’s learning of empathy and self-control. Children learn to empathise as they view the world from other people’s perspectives including those of peers, adults, and people in stories.”
Drama can provide a safe space in which you can explore and learn about the world around you while also questioning it and at times challenging it. Studying drama will encourage you to form opinions and articulate them using reasoning and social skills, which are transferable to all walks of life. Drama allows you to develop your communication skills as you work with your peers every lesson to achieve high standards of work. Drama fosters self-discipline, confidence and team work and develops skills in interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making. Drama enhances your artistic and creative abilities and increases your understanding of self while also developing your self-esteem. There is a joy and opportunity to achieve in the arts that is not dependent on academic ability, but is instead based on the passion and commitment.