A Drama curriculum has many benefits to your child’s education and wellbeing. In Drama, students have the opportunity to learn about playwrights and study different genres of theatre, as well as traditional and modern performance styles. Not only do young people benefit from the knowledge and understanding, but the act of physically taking part in a Drama lesson also helps develop essential skills.
At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, we encourage creativity and reflection, both of which are key tools in Drama. Students learn to take risks and solve problems, as well as challenge their own perceptions through various activities. Not only is Drama a fun and enjoyable subject, but it is also an invaluable one, providing the safe and secure environment necessary for students to explore different subjects.
“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” (Jude Kelly, Founder of Metal.)
At a young age, children learn through play. Often children will enter their own world of make believe and take on a role. This play offers children a safe environment to explore and learn. Drama offers a similar experience, but with more challenging content. By making the students feel safe and encouraged, they can unlock a completely new perspective and understanding of society and their roles and responsibilities within it.
Students currently have one lesson of Drama per fortnight in Key stage three. The curriculum is designed to offer students a structure, which allows them to build upon their previous knowledge as they progress through key stage three.
In year 7, following a baseline assessment, students are introduced to the basic skills and techniques of Drama. Many students may have little experience of Drama prior to Secondary school and with this in mind, they are encouraged to use their imagination and build confidence gradually throughout the year. Key areas of study in year 7 include; creating a character, evaluating your work, exploring text and creating a piece of Drama.
In year 8, students will begin to look at various techniques and skills as well as being introduce to genre and practitioners. Key areas of study in year 8 include; melodrama, silent movies, Bertolt Brecht, Shakespeare and evaluating work. There is a focus on students developing the quality of their work and taking a stronger lead in the development of their own ideas.
In year 9, students will be thinking about their potential GCSE options and the curriculum has been designed in order to give students a taste of Drama at GCSE. The work carried out includes various topics such as; stereotypes, page to stage, characterisation, evaluation of processes, stage combat, physical theatre and devising, as well as an introduction to GCSE.
Students are all expected to follow the same code of conduct, which is based around being respectful to others, challenging themselves, as well as achieving their potential. Merits are awarded in lessons by the teacher and can be given for various examples of good work / participation / response. Merits are collated in the students’ logbooks and can be exchanged for PIE points. Students are also awarded the following Drama awards;
Silver Award = 10 merits
Gold Award = 30 merits
Platinum Award = 50 merits
Merits and awards can also be given for participation in extra-curricular activities.