I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
During Key Stage 3, students are introduced to a new style of teaching and learning. Drama is taught mainly using practical application and ensemble group work, although there is an element of individual written work within each scheme of learning. At KS3 we ensure that we offer a range of skills and topics that will help students to decide if Drama is an option they wish to continue with at Key Stage 4. Skills developed at KS3 include:
- Building practical confidence
- Being respectful as an ensemble worker
- Learning to direct group members
- Making individual and group decisions
- Learning to negotiate diplomatically
- Performing with focus and imagination
- Adopting Drama terminology
- Developing Critical Evaluation of themselves and their peers
Drama is also about fun. Sharing good practice can be a very positive experience. Student evaluative feedback is often hugely beneficial to those who have just performed and if a good safe environment for creativity has been sustained then this goes from strength to strength.
Sharing good practice through performance in lessons is invaluable as not only do the rest of the class watch new and varied pieces on the same theme but also see how others imagine an idea and realise it.
Students are assessed every half term with a different assessment focus being either Making Drama, Performing Drama or Responding to Drama. They also have a choice on their fourth Half termly assessment to individually decide which assessment focus they want to improve, given them independence and the ability to assess for themselves where progress needs to be made.
Drama at KS4
The GCSE Drama course encourages students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context. Students will develop their practical skills in creating drama through a range of stimulus material and play texts and will create written documentary evidence based on their drama experiences. Students will also have the opportunity to attend live theatre visits and will produce a review from the perspective of a spectator. This course also offers students the chance to devise theatre and take on the role of a director within the devising process. This course is based on coursework and a practical examination. There is no written exam paper.