Drama (Performing Arts)
A high quality drama education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of drama and their talent as dramatists. It also plays an important part in the personal development of our pupils increasing self-awareness and self-confidence; developing skills in teamwork and leadership; heightening individual and group creativity and fostering a sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with drama, allowing them to develop performance material and watch with discrimination to the best theatrical performance has to offer.
The curriculum for drama at KSA aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance;
- Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance;
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed;
- Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
The aims of the drama curriculum are implemented through individual sequenced lessons where pupils engage in a range of practical learning activities. Creating and developing ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance, in group work allowing students to collaborate on their understanding of how performance is created. Establishing leadership roles and working effectively as part of a team. Applying theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance, participating in technique workshops that enable pupils to explore and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of key principles of dramatic performance, which allows pupils to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed in a variety of contexts. Exploring drama from the origins of Greek Theatre all the way through to contemporary practices of West End Musicals and Physical Theatre. This then allows pupils to then analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others in lessons, examining the work of peers, as well as professional practice through Live Theatre Evaluation and extra curricular opportunities to go to the Theatre.