Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.
Why this subject is important
Drama and theatre is a universal recognised art form that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality drama education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of drama and theatre, and their talent as actors and performers, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with theatre and drama, allowing them to create, devise and to watch with discrimination to the best theatre experience.
Pupils have one lesson of drama a week. The curriculum in drama in year 7 & 8 is arranged into 6 half-termly topics:
|Term||Year 7||Year 8|
|Autumn||Introduction to Drama||Mime|
|Shakespeare||Erie’s Incredible Illucinations|
|Summer||Greenal and Greynal||Samura’s Story|
|Mini Plays||Silent Movies|
Pupils can choose Drama in year 9 as a GCSE option. The Exam Board ise WJEC / Eduqas
|Term||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Autumn||Childhood||Brecht||Unit 1 Devised project coursework|
|back to basics||Set text’Hard to Swallow|
|Unit 1 Devising|
|Unit 2 Text||Unit 2 Performance From text|
|Summer||Face||Unit 2 text performance||Unit 3 – Exam|
|Unit 3 Exam|
|PPE exan||Unit 3 Preparation|
Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.
Ian McEwan (writer)
How Parent/carers can help
- Talk to your child about what they are learning in lessons, perhaps getting them to explain to you what they have been learning.
- Check your child’s planner regularly for homework and where possible, read through your child’s work to check that it is correct and complete.
- Encourage your child to take an interest in the arts, visit any local theatre, cinema, and be aware of drama in the news and any drama programmes on TV.
- Encourage them to be involved in after school drama clubs and activities.
Useful Websites – BBC Bitesize Drama KS3 and Drama GCSE. For GCSE students the WJEC / Eduqas website.