Drama is part of the Performing Arts faculty along with Music.

We have built a vibrant, dynamic, and creative department which has a key role to play in our students’ personal development through classroom lesson and school-wide extra-curricular activities.

In Key Stage 3 pupils are beginning to address the world with a growing capacity for reflective thinking and learning, this is met with a progressive Drama curriculum covering both performance and theatre design. Students will explore both factual and fictional texts that help to broaden their understanding of different social, cultural, moral, and historical contexts and situations. Drama at this stage also promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved, and decisions made together. Drama often leads to a performance and creates opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding, as well as promoting deeper levels of analysis as they evaluate the work of others.

At GCSE, pupils follow the OCR specification for Drama where they are able to personalise their course and study performance, design, or a combination of acting and technical disciplines. The curriculum at KS4 is designed to ignite and engage students’ creativity, passion, and interests. It also provides freedom for them to experiment and take risks with their work. The exam components focus on devising theatre from stimuli and performing existing texts.

The department also offers more able workshops and trips to professional theatre performances. We also produce outstanding school performances which use the facilities at Strode Theatre.

Some of our students have gone on to use the skills gained as the starting block for successful careers in theatre and the entertainment industry, whereas others may never occupy a stage space again but will undoubtedly have gained transferable skills such as negotiation, resilience, team work, cooperation, self-confidence, and public speaking.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term

Silent Movies: Skill based project where students will explore mime and improvisation.

Acting Skills: Character creation and developing vocal and movement skills.

CSI: Theatre to inform.

Theatre in Education: Pupils will be creating theatre for a primary school audience.

Adapting Shakespeare: Exploring Script, Stage Combat and Physical Theatre.
Spring Term

Storytelling: Creating improvisations with structure and dramatic tension.

Script exploration

Commedia: Theatre to entertain.

Script exploration.

Mini GCSE Module: A module designed to replicate the experience of GCSE drama, this is hoped to aid pupils in making informed decisions about their option choices.
Summer Term Shadow Heights: A module that summarises the skills learned in the first year. Media: A module that summarises the skills learned throughout the year. Performance Module (Specialism in Design or Performance): A module that summarises the skills learned throughout the year.

Last Updated: September 2017