- Enjoy learning about drama for its own sake
- Learn first through practical activity; learning drama dramatically
- Have a conceptual and practical understanding of the inter-related processes of performing, devising and evaluating
- Can comprehend the concept of the ‘practitioner’ and successfully evaluate works of drama using that understanding
- Study drama from across the world and make connections between time, place and culture
- Have opportunities to engage in drama’s unique creative contribution to our shared culture, society, and economy
- Have additional opportunities to enhance their own talents through their own dramatic learning
Key Stage 3
Drama is taught at to all year groups at Keystage 3, with pupils developing an understanding and appreciation of drama techniques and performance work. In year 7 we focus on the teaching of the key Drama skills and confidence building. In year 8 we focus on historical Drama and exploring social issues, and in Year 9 they study various different forms of performance. Pupils are assessed in three key areas; Creating, Performing and Evaluating, both improvised and scripted pieces.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 Drama is taught at GCSE level and follows the AQA syllabus. Students are assessed on both their practical work and on a written exam. Our GCSE students are required to perform two major pieces of performance work, a devised performance and a scripted play. In the devised component the students create and perform their own unique piece of Drama as well as documenting the rehearsal process. The scripted component requires the students to rehearse and perform two extracts from a published play to a visiting examiner. Finally, the written exam tests the students’ knowledge of Drama terminology and their evaluation of a play that they have seen.