Drama

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

The ability to perform confidently and skilfully are creative gifts to people which allow us to explore and understand the world around us from different perspectives.  The study of Drama and Theatre enable expressions of joy, of thankfulness, love and hope, and also of sadness, cruelty and despair on behalf of others and self, developing our empathy and compassion.  Exploring Drama can equip us for action and influence us in our daily lives.

Through artistic creation, performance and appreciation of Drama and Theatre, we can enrich others’ and our own lives, and convey issues explored by performers, playwrights and practitioners.  Drama can bring us a distinct kind of knowledge and insight, as in other fields of study.  In so doing, it can serve God and our neighbours as well as our own needs.  Drama and theatre can profoundly represent real life, and Drama students can use their talents to understand themselves and the world around them.

Transferable skills underpin the importance of the study of Drama within the curriculum. We aim to provide opportunities for students to be able to develop their confidence, communication, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Virtues to be developed include: respect for truth, compassion for poor/disadvantaged, respect for others, cooperation, validity, authenticity, meaningfulness, discernment, expressiveness, beauty, sensitivity to others, perseverance, coordination, precision in observation and action, good judgement and interpretation, accuracy.

 

2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Enjoy and appreciate Drama and Theatre through experience, creation and display; and by developing perceptual skills and understanding of the language of aesthetics.

b. Have a wide range of theatrical experiences.

c. Unfold our aesthetic and skilful potential through creating, displaying, performing and appreciating Drama and Theatre.

d. Become critically aware of the roles (positive and negative) of Drama and Theatre in society and use this awareness in creation, performance and display.

e. Link Drama and Theatre with other curriculum subjects in order to develop students’ appreciation of how they are inter-connected and the part they have to play in our understanding of reality, whilst also enriching students’ deeper understanding of these and other subjects.

 

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 to 8 Year 9 Year 10 to 11 Sixth Form