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Ms Chappel Head of Department/SLE
Miss O'Connor Subject Teacher / Pupil Leadership

Curriculum Intent

Drama should inspire in pupils an appreciation of many different styles of text and performance. It will equip pupils with a set of essential communications skills for life through highly collaborative learning experiences. Pupils will develop their skills in effective oracy, focus and control whilst gaining self-awareness and respect for others. The curriculum focuses on developing vocal and physical story-telling techniques to engage and communicate with an audience in a way which allows a young person to build their self-esteem at their own pace. Pupils will explore creative approaches to interpret a given stimuli or text from page to stage, analysing and evaluating at each creative stage in the rehearsal process. Through various experiences outside of the classroom, pupils should develop an appreciation of the performing arts and grow to understand its value for themselves and for society as a whole.

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Welcome to St Gregory’s Drama Department

Drama is a subject that challenges pupils to work creatively both as individuals and as teams. Although primarily the focus within the curriculum is centred around planning, performing and evaluating drama performance, we firmly believe that drama consistently provides opportunities for pupils to come to terms with themselves and the world in which they live.

As experienced staff, we continually aim to inspire pupils to learn in a highly imaginative and creative style and many pupils enjoy the practical components of our lessons. Pupils have the opportunity to go on regular theatre trips and in Year 10 pupils can choose to attend a GCSE Drama residential course at the Conway Centre in Menai.

For extra curricular information relating to the Drama Department, please visit the extra-curricular page on our school web-site.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Throughout KS3, pupils are taught for an hour per week. Scripted drama, improvisation skills and physical theatre are covered in a spiralised curriculum.

Topics currently range from Melodrama, The Holocaust and Brecht's 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' in Year 7, 'A Monster Calls' and Civil Rights in Year 8 to Greek Theatre and Silent Comedy and the study of Willy Russell's plays in Year 9.

Throughout the year, pupils are continually challenged to improve their collaboration skills and staff are passionate about pupils learning to work affectively and respectfully alongside fellow peers.

Assessment of pupil learning and understanding is made at the end of each half-term.

GCSE Drama

The course builds on skills gained in Years 7,8 and 9, but with greater depth and challenge. It requires students to work highly creatively in a collaborative way, whilst developing performance skills and an understanding of the world around us. 

Year 10 is used to build knowledge, skill and confidence, fully preparing them for their final year. Pupils are encouraged to attend the Drama GCSE Residential Course at The Conway Centre in Menai, which provides great inspiration and learning for our students.

Assessments contributing towards a final grade take place between June in Year 10 through to May in Year 11.