Statement of Curriculum Intent
Drama - collaborative artistry to interpret and communicate, to an audience the world around you. Students will be highly creative and reflective practitioners, with strong communication and empathy skills.
Through practical workshops, experimentation, research and reflections they will appreciate the complexities of the art form and its function and place within society. By creating their own original pieces of drama, students will demonstrate their creative voice, drawing on inspiration from a range of styles, societal issues and work of influential drama practitioners. Students will be confident and accomplished performers, directors and designers.
- They will apply knowledge and understanding of the art form and its key terminology when making, performing and responding to drama.
- They will explore performance texts; understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created to ensure these intentions are realised in their interpretation of the text.
- They will develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create imaginative and inspirational performances.
- They will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills when working collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
- They will develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students who are able to make informed choices during the creative process and performances.
- They will analyse, reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others to further develop their appreciation and skills within drama.
- They will have a solid awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
Drama demands practical, creative and communication skills. Students will learn to develop and appreciate the complexities of the art form and its function and place within society. Through participation in Drama, students also develop a better understanding of leadership, communication and empathy.
Key Stage 3
In Drama, students will work practically with other students to explore a range of styles and genres of performance, including Mime, Greek Theatre and Physical theatre. Students develop performances from a range of stimuli including a wide variety of scripts including classics and modern. Through this exploration, students will develop their performance, directorial and analytical skills.
Key Stage 4
Within the GCSE course, students will further develop their performing, directing and designing skills. Students will be introduced to a number of key theatre practitioners and will explore how their practice has influenced contemporary drama. They will experiment with these ideas within their own original work. Students will create original drama based on a range of stimuli. They will also explore a number of plays taking into strong consideration the cultural, social and historical context of the texts, and the impact these may have on the audience.
Students have the opportunity to attend a number of theatre trips and workshops throughout the two years.