Mrs E. Williams – Subject Lead Performing Arts
“The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right in front of an audience’s eyes. Where the germ of the idea came from is pretty much irrelevant. What matters to every theatre maker I know is speaking clearly to the audience ‘right now.”
– Lee Hall, Playwright
Compelling Learning in Drama
In line with the school’s vision of compelling learning, study and growth in Drama is dependent upon effective collaborative work and shared focus within the classroom and beyond. We define ‘creativity’ as problem solving in new and original ways and curriculum delivery within the subject offers learners many opportunities to solve and ‘resolve’ performance challenges in exciting and vibrant ways. The curriculum model affords learners the opportunity to build and develop sophisticated performance skills using an increasing number of dramatic techniques, challenging theatrical preconceptions and building learner confidence in a safe and yet rigorous manner.
There are numerous opportunities for learners to consider creative structures and genres in existing British theatre and from theatre around the world. The compelling delivery of the drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 is intended to provide learners with a secure and successful skill base for further at Key Stage 4 and beyond, promoting independence and deeper levels of self-reflection using an ever growing repertoire of subject specific vocabulary.
At Key Stage 4, learners undertake the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting), completing three units; Unit 3 (Acting Skills), Unit 2 (Preparation, Performance and Production) and Unit 1 (Individual Showcase). The units require regular attendance and a commitment to rehearsal and group work. Learners study a wide range of performance material, drawn from different time periods and cultures and often perform in a range of venues, including primary schools and outdoor spaces. Learners are expected to work through assignment briefs and complete a sequence of tasks to produce successful creative pieces. Learners should consistently take a pro-active approach and show independent learning skills and a strong growth mindset.
Homework is issued regularly as part of each unit completion and will often include research on topics covered in class or evaluations on the performance process.
There is a wide range of enrichment activities through the course of the academic year. These include:
Shows and productions
Work with artists on projects
Visits to theatres and museums
Masterclasses with artists and colleges
Opportunities to audition for local and national theatre companies