Acting is an essential part of what makes us human. We learn to act appropriately in different situations and we spend our lives communicating non-verbally through body language and facial expressions. All of us require the confidence to mix with new people, to voice our opinions and stand by our beliefs. We need our voices to be heard and Drama helps in all of these areas. Above all else Drama is a team activity and we encourage our students to take independent responsibility for their learning; discussing, negotiating and compromising with each other. All of their work will be seen by others and verbal and written feedback will help them move on. Finally Drama is about telling stories, another essential social activity and one that enables us to learn about our past, our human qualities and our dreams and aspirations. Along the way those stories are also told for our entertainment and it is worth noting that the performing arts in Great Britain yield over 5 billion annually for our economy. At the end of a working day people turn to television dramas, film, theatre, music, dance and sport to entertain themselves and enjoy not only what they see, but the conversations they share with other people afterwards.
In KS3 Drama is offered once a fortnight and we aim to teach and improve a range of confident performing skills as well as working in teams. We often follow schemes of work such as slavery, Titanic and even pantomime that require historical research, empathy and understanding of social issues. We use Drama to explore topics, to develop imaginative role play and to study and act out scripts. We also link with the subjects of media, dance, music and English with writing in role a frequent task. Drama aims to make cross curricular links with languages, humanities, technology and art because employers want a range of skills and knowledge, not simply one.
Drama Subject Aims
To maintain and/or stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in Drama and Theatre and to promote an interest in, appreciation of and participation in this performing art.
To enable pupils to appreciatethe many theatrical forms that exist, the different genrtes such as comedies, tragedies and plays with strong ethical and moral messages.
To help pupils recognise the importance of drama as a cultural and social activity, evident on stage, in films and on television.
To enable pupils to understand:
- a major feature in our lives related to leisure, employment and culture
- part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. interpersonal and problem solving skills (to include analysis and evaluation of PSHE issues)
- health and safety elements as well as mutual respect
- the cultural influences from around the world
- the benefits of role play and collaboration with others
To support the implementation of ‘Shared Values’ and to enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.The establishment of pupil self esteem through the development of performance and peer evaluation is a major aim of the Department.
To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so Drama contributes to the development of core skills such as communication by speech.
To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in sharing their work with audiences, either in lessons or at events.
To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
We are fully committed to full participation from all students and ensure that there is no obstacle to students enjoying and progressing in their Drama lessons. In addition to identifying and supporting SEN students, according to the SEN policy and SIS sheet information provided (including involvement of TAs where appropriate), the Drama Department identify subject specific students who may require additional support.
Gifted and Talented
We recognise that there are some students who are exceptionally talented at Drama and participate in clubs and events which take place inside of school and external clubs.
In addition to identifying and supporting G&T students in all lessons according to the G&T policy (as identified by CATS), the Department identify subject specific students to challenge and support.
These students are placed on the Gifted and Talented register and offered opportunities in school and externally to hone their skills with other young people as well as adults. The Drama department has strong links with many local professional and non professional companies and practitioners and organises visits, workshops and performance opportunities as appropriate.