Curriculum Statement - Drama
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” – Bertolt Brecht
Powerful Knowledge in Drama
The key concepts in drama are skill driven and aim to build personal skills which can be relied upon to succeed, not only in drama lessons but beyond school life and in future employment. At the heart of drama is the development of these skills in all young people; engagement, communication and oracy, creative imagination, clarity of expression, autonomy, leadership confidence and cooperation. There is more to drama than being able to perform on stage. Opportunities are embedded for students to be able to hone and develop performance talent but equally important is the ability to understand the purpose of the theatre we create. Methodologies of theatrical practitioners are introduced throughout the key stages to enable students not only to ‘re-enact’ but to shape their own unique ideas with a greater understanding of the need for style, intention, theatrical form and to learn to celebrate individual and unique perspectives.
The curriculum is structured based on the expectations of the subject horizon; key concepts and skills required are fed down into schemes of work from Year 7 upwards. This is designed to raise expectations and standards from the start of Key Stage 3 and ensure that drama knowledge is being understood both practically and theoretically. A linear curriculum is in place at Key Stage 3. Year 7, 8 and 9 will all study the work of a key theatre practitioner during the autumn term, explore a text through performance during spring term and put their skills into practice in summer term, through exploration of a social, historical and cultural topic. This linear structure allows students to return to key concepts throughout the key stage but build on them to advance their knowledge further as the years progress.
Co Curriculum Enrichment
Co curricular opportunities in drama are created to allow students to develop and build on expertise learnt in lessons. Clubs and activities are varied to allow all students to participate in an area of interest. Alongside weekly drama clubs are opportunities for students to audition to be part of groups with more challenging expectations. These clubs/events are not only to encourage enjoyment in the arts but also for students to learn about professional expectations and performance discipline.
Students learn the basic skills and conventions of drama through a variety of topics and stimuli. Students combine these key skills and utilise them when working on improvisations, devised work and scripts. Current schemes are varied in order to provide variety and engagement. During KS3 students develop these skills to a more detailed level and explore more advanced themes and issues.
Students study the Pearson specification. The course develops a theoretical understanding of technical, expressive, mental and physical skills as well as the practical development of them.
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