'We all must do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.'
The exploration of Drama provides the learner with an in-depth study of a plethora of scripts and stimuli which allows the students to creatively devise original work and rehearse scripts to a very high standard. All scripts are carefully chosen to allow for a mixture of genres and both historical and social contexts that provide our students with a bank of knowledge of performances. The stimuli used is purposely chosen to allow for creativity and imaginative drama to be created which helps the learner create original pieces of work.
We constantly push the students’ proximal zone, providing opportunities to develop confidently as a performer, individually and as a group. Students are taught the etiquette of being an audience member. This embedded etiquette provides them with the skills of being able to be a confident and articulate observer. As the students observe their peers’ performances, they are taught how to identify and evaluate these performances, providing them with the skills to be able to confidently articulate what went well and what they need to do to improve. This allows all learners to practically develop their work by this immediate verbal feedback. Students self-assess constantly throughout the lesson as the teacher observes rehearsals.
Each half term all students will be verbally assessed. Each lesson builds on the previous one which will develop the students’ skills to perform confidently. There are two written assessments in yr8 and yr9 which will help to log their progress using key drama vocabulary.
Each department has carefully developed curriculum plans in line with our curriculum intent. The curriculum overview for each year group in this subject can be found below.