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Drama is a unique tool to explore and express human feeling. Drama has the potential, as a diverse medium, to enhance cognitive, affective and motor development. A high degree of thinking, feeling and moving is involved and subsequently aids in the development of skills for all other learning within and outside of school. Drama assists in the development of the use of: imagination, powers of creative self-expression and decision making skills.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students will learn about a multitude of different drama styles and forms. In Year 7 students will lean what it was like to be a WWII Evacuee and about Victorian Melodrama. At Year 8 they will discover how tension can be used as a tool to engage an audience. In Year 9 pupils will learn about non-naturalistic drama and how to perform safe stage combat. The curriculum map allows students to learn about a wide variety of drama styles, encouraging students to become more committed and confident performers.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

Pupils will devise their own performance piece around a specific stimulus of their choosing. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of plays and perform extracts from them for examination. Pupils will also see a live theatre production and use their response as a basis for their written examination. A wide variety of explorative strategies will be explored and students will discover a vast array of skills to enable them to perform confidently and believably.

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Students explore a performance text in light of a practitioner. Students devise a piece of live theatre as a performer or designer and record their process in a written portfolio. A group performance from a text will take place in Year 12, with students also performing a monologue from a different text. In Year 13 students will undertake a written examination around 3 separate sections. Two questions on a set text and one of a live theatre production that they have witnessed.