Drama

Welcome

Welcome to the Drama page. Here we introduce our subject and how it is taught in our school.


Curriculum Intent

Pupils enjoy, achieve and develop positive attributes and skills through their drama experiences. A strong focus is placed on teamwork and collaboration – important skills not only for school, but adult life too. Drama aims to prepare pupils for communicating effectively in society, not just verbally and physically, but through increasing self-awareness and their ability to ‘step into others’ shoes’ and empathise – qualities employers cherish.


Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

At KS3, pupils are taught through a vibrant curriculum that explores a range of dramatic styles and forms throughout history including Ancient Greek drama, Shakespeare and modern plays and performances. The interlinking nature of Drama, English and History are explored through cross-curricular links such as the use of poetry and historical events to influence character and plots. Pupils are taught how to use drama skills to create credible characters, devise coherent narratives and use contextual stimuli to influence their own performances.

Teamwork and collaborative skills are at the heart of the KS3 curriculum. Pupils also learn how to develop their confidence in presenting and performing in front of audiences as well as how to respond and evaluate their own performances through written analysis. Through the exploration of dramatic form, pupils develop their skills in empathy and understanding different contexts and viewpoints.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

At KS3, pupils are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 3-8. Once per term, their performance ability is assessed, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the skills taught in the unit through a written portfolio task.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The KS4 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge of drama learnt at KS3 to prepare pupils for their BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts components.

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts

Pupils explore three different styles of acting and learn how key practitioners create and influence what is performed through rehearsals, production and performance. Through practical workshops, pupils explore the performance techniques, approaches and processes for each of the three styles. Pupils also explore the different roles and responsibilities of the actor, producer and director and how these differ across the three styles of acting.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques

Building on their skills and knowledge from Component 1, pupils are taught how to develop physical, interpretive, vocal and rehearsal skills through workshops and rehearsals. They will learn how to apply their technical, stylistic and interpretive skills in a scripted performance. Once performed, they will also develop their reflective skills, setting achievable goals for future performances.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

The final unit combines all the skills taught as pupils learn how to devise their own performances by responding to a given brief, developing their own ideas and choices over dramatic styles and performance skills to fit a performance task. They also develop their reflective skills and their ability to evaluate their own performances as well as their peers.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils are internally assessed during Component 1 (30%) which involves the research and development of acting skills via specific acting workshops. Component 2 (30%) develops these skills into performances and is also internally assessed. Component 3 (40%) is a fifteen hour project where pupils respond to a given brief, deciding which skills to use to develop and perform a final performance which is externally assessed.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

 

2021

(Tech Award)

2020 

(Tech Award)

2019

(Tech Award)

L2 Pass (4+ “standard” pass)

100%

100%

95%

L2 Merit (5+ “strong” pass)

89%

78%

45%


What can it lead to?

BTEC Performing Arts can lead to careers in the varied performing arts industry, from actor to administrator. More broadly, in a competitive employment scenario, the requirement to empathise, build teams, problem solve, think creatively and be independent make the drama experience incredibly beneficial in building confident, robust and resourceful young people.