“Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion and the beginning of morality.”
Communication is at the heart of all we do in life, and Drama is the ideal vehicle to develop and foster this skill in students. The transferable skills that Drama encompasses, such as self-awareness, confidence and working as part of a group, are truly vital for our students to enjoy success in whatever their future holds.
All students participate in Drama at KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and lessons focus on the three main strands of the art form: making, performing and responding. Across the three years, students explore a range of genres, such as horror and comedy, both naturalistic and abstract styles, and scripts covering a broad set of themes.
Students who show an aptitude for Drama can study the subject at GCSE and A Level. Within these Key Stages, they will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of theatre, through: the study and application of practitioners’ techniques and styles; practical interpretation of set texts; evaluations of live theatre and further devised and scripted performance exams.
Celebrations and events:
- Regular theatre trips to see professional work to gain inspiration for students’ own work
- Weekly KS3 Drama clubs to support and enhance classwork
- Drama showcases for parents and carers to present work completed in clubs
- Annual whole school musical at Christmas, in collaboration with Music and Dance
- Mini musicals as part of enrichment week
- Student of the term awards to celebrate successes in performance, class and group work
How parents and carers can support:
Above all else, we value parents and carers supporting students to participate in every Drama lesson to the best of their ability; to work in a focussed and sensible way, completing all classwork and homework to the highest standard possible. Another way parents and carers can support students in Drama is to encourage them to see more theatre, including amateur or digital performances. A greater level of exposure will lead to a better understanding of how and what to perform in their own work.
For more information about DRAMA, please contact KATHERINE COOPER at the College.