In Key Stage 3 students study drama for one lesson a week. This gives them the opportunity to learn a range of basic drama techniques such as still images, improvisation, role-play and physical theatre. We cover units that look at peer pressure, imagination, Shakespeare and voice and movement skills, alongside work that supplements their curriculum topic work.
They are also given the opportunity to perform to their peers and others in assembly and at the school’s annual Carol Service where there is a substantial drama element. We see Drama as a crucial subject in developing self-esteem, self-confidence, communication and interaction skills, as well as group work and performance skills.
In Key Stage 4 we run Gateway Units in physical theatre and developing technical skills where the students are working at Level 1. We have participated in two Shakespeare Schools Festivals and also the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing Carmen project.
In November 2016, 15 of ours students performed in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to prepare a short version of Shakespeare play and perform it in a professional theatre. Our students took on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with fairies, donkey’s heads, a great deal of laughter and a few happy tears. It was an amazing journey for our students as many of them felt that they could never achieve it, but achieve it they did and with such style.
The festival co-ordinator gave us the following feedback: ‘Great characterisation, gorgeous movement and staging, and genuinely hilarious comedy from this greatly committed and costumed cast!’ We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are very much looking forward to the next opportunity to perform Shakespeare!
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