MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Teaching British Values through Drama
In Drama we promote British values through advocating and teaching acceptance of all individuals regardless of their differences. We pride ourselves in enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through both curricular and extra-curricular activities, clubs and productions. We seek to understand the differences within and between cultures and demonstrate an acceptance of the beliefs and cultural norms in our multi-cultural society. In Drama we encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
Students enter KS3 typically with no prior attainment in Drama. The first work they do is to learn the necessary skills that they will need for drama. Lessons focus around creating positive team work and physical disciplines to enable the students to grow in confidence as performers and as critical and respectful audiences. They will learn a variety of techniques such as still image, thought tracking and flashbacks. As they progress through the year they explore how to tell stories effectively in drama using different theatre styles and traditions such as mime and Commedia.
In Year 8 they explore creating characters and scripts, building on the skills they have learnt so far and applying this to more challenging theatrical forms such as abstract physical theatre.
In Year 9 they explore and develop the skills involved in spontaneous and polished improvisation. They focus on issue based theatre and develop scenes based on the work of practitioners such as Brecht and Boal.
In GCSE Drama, students have to respond to a number of different stimuli and texts in order to create drama from an actor, director, or designer perspective. They work on both scripted and devised performances as actors or designers. Students sit a written examination to demonstrate their knowledge of a set text and ability to write a theatre review. They are also examined under live performance conditions by an external examiner.