Drama stimulates the imagination, encourages creative thinking, and allows students to explore issues and life experiences in a safe and supportive environment. It also promotes self-esteem and provides all students with a sense of achievement, regardless of academic ability. Drama is instrumental in the teaching of social and communication skills, for raising self-awareness, and developing compassion for other people, places and cultures. It helps to develop competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills and allows our young people to be both introspective and outward-looking – it is also about having fun!
At the start of their journey here at FIC, students are introduced to the subject of Drama as an art form. We focus on the exploration of basic skills and drama techniques such as role-play, improvisation and audience awareness through creative collaboration. We build an understanding of how to connect with viewers and evoke emotion amongst those watching as well as an appreciation for confident communication to others. Emphasis is placed as much on the development of a piece of drama as it is on performance. Using the principle of the Three P’s, each term study focuses on one theme. The first half term is teacher led, the second is teacher led – student driven, allowing learners to utilise the skills they have acquired and experiment with practical exploration to prepare a performance for assessment. Our Drama curriculum aims to shape fundamental skills to ready students for further study, but is also designed to allow for connections with other subjects such as English, History and PSHE. Students will have the opportunity to see live theatre and take part in staging performances.
Drama Assessment Progress Map
KS3 Drama Units of Work