Drama enhances the personal development of all our young people, allowing them to engage with the world around them in a creative and practical way. The skills and qualities developed in lessons, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are transferable skills that will prepare our young people for life and work in a fast paced, technological world.
Key Stage 3
All students participate in one lesson of Drama a week, they will learn new skills in Drama as well as researching current issues and experiences in a safe, supportive environment. There is a great emphasis on developing the students’ ability to express themselves physically, as well as vocally, giving them the tools to behave appropriately in a social context.
The following is an overview of our Key Stage 3 programme.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 we offer The Arts Award; as a vehicle to ensure we build on our enriched arts experience, where all students can achieve. The course will also be available for all students selecting Drama, within this subject, every term, each student will;
Explore the Arts as a participant
Explore the Arts as an audience member
Research and investigate artists
Share their arts skills with others
We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Students have regular workshops with professional practitioners, an annual tour of the TR2, opportunities to participate in a week long residency with the Theatre Royal, and lead on workshops in other schools.
The course is renowned for developing leadership skills and building on cross curricular links to enhance and embed learning in other subject areas. Whilst developing skills in each art form is essential for a student to fully engage in the course, nurturing creativity in young people gives them the practical, problem solving, life skills.
The aim is for all students to complete a Bronze Arts Award (level 1 qualification/GCSE D-G) with some students progressing to a Silver Arts Award (level 2 equivalent GCSE A-C).
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DRAMA Home Learning
This year this is a great resource to reminisce on our past shows. The video is a tutorial of the choreography for ‘The Greatest Showman’ ,you can do this one as a family, or applaud your child when they show you their amazing performance skills!!!
This online magazine is linked to our KS4 Arts Award course but is fantastic for a student in KS3 too! The website has lots of ideas for Arts activities, articles about careers in the Arts and online blogging. Your child can also participate in interactive online activities such as showing their Arts work or completing some of the tasks that are suggested.
This particular website page has a list of monologues (speech for one person) a student can learn and perform at home, it then gives suggestions on how this can be filmed using their own technology (they can share with me via school email if they would like to). Monologues can be a little scary but as guidance we normally work up to a student completing these in Year 9 during the Titanic scheme of work.
As all KS3 students were in the middle of doing their Shakespeare performances what better way to continue this than on the Royal Shakespeare website! Scroll down the page and you will find the ‘Learning Zone’, this has some fantastic information about Shakespeare as well as links to information about his plays and how you can view these being performed online.
This is a great course to improve those acting skills! You can do a 14 day free trial as a taster but don’t forget to cancel if you don’t want to pay the £14.97 a month (although this is cancel at any time type course). Great for Year 11’s in particular who may want to gain an additional qualification in the future once they have left school.
Other learning activities you could do with your child
Ask your child to create an advert around an item in your food cupboard, they could make this really comical!
Help them write a short play for two characters based on their ‘isolation’ time
Play the ‘Key Game’ (they all know this one!) with other people in the household