Faculty Leader: Miss L. Dorrian
Drama is taught throughout key stage 3 using a story-based approach to learning, social interaction and building confidence. Our pupils enjoy the subject because of its potential to allow their confidence skills to flourish through an enthusiastic and energy driven classroom environment.
Pupils are encouraged to communicate effectively with each other through initial discussion, rehearsing through role-play in pairs and small groups through leading to performances in front of their peers.
The use of stimulus material has an important supporting role to play in the approach used in the teaching of Drama at Friars School. It helps to clarify and enhance the experience. Many of our pupils are visual learners and therefore this approach can be critical in aiding their understanding. By using stimuli such as film extracts, pictures, songs and poems we are able to build a story around an idea and take it further through role play and work-shopping ideas. Using themes that are contemporary and relevant allows the pupils to engage at a quicker rate and produce pieces of work that are important to them.
Drama is essential to the development of our pupils through a number of drama conventions. Pupils will discuss, analyse, direct, role-play, enact, rehearse, perform and evaluate aspects of the story-led work. Themes of the work will consider: inequality, differences, prejudice, loss, love, awareness of others and keeping safe.
At present Key Stage 4 pupils can choose to follow a two year OCR, GCSE Drama course. Candidates have to complete three taught modules: “From the page to the stage”, “Drama in the making” and “Concept to creation”. The OCR Board award pass grades from A*-G. At Friars, our pupils have achieved all grades from G to B.
Drama is offered to pupils in key stage 4 at GCSE level. Pupils studying GCSE drama perform their own plays and workshop productions as well as some practical text based study, and are encouraged to be involved in creative arts activities throughout the school. Theatre visits are organised to help support the learning and provide the pupils with a live experience that will take the understanding further. The KS4 course builds on where KS3 left off by enhancing the drama skills; talking to and with others, working within role play and evaluating performance verbally. Each unit of work has been especially written to support literacy and through a good balance of each of the processes and concepts, students learn the art of communication.
Career / Progression Opportunities
This subject will provide pupils with an experience that demonstrates they have a passion for the dramatic arts, that they can be a team player, they can stand up in front of other people and present their thoughts or ideas with personality and are willing to approach new ideas with an open mind. The confidence and communication skills learnt through drama will go a long way in helping our students when making new acquaintances or talking to potential future employers.
Using the skills, growing confidence and experience gained in Expressive Arts (Dance, Drama and Music), all pupils are invited to participate in assemblies, the annual talent show and the school production. Parents, carers and friends are invited to the school production.