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.
In Key Stage 4 students who have chosen the drama option complete the Arts (Explore) Entry Level Award.
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.
We have participated in two Shakespeare Schools Festivals and also the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing Carmen project.