Sadly, many of our pupils arrive with lower than average educational achievement. As a result, they are disaffected by many of the subjects they encounter at school. Many also have complicated backgrounds. Drama is a practical subject that can both boost their self- esteem through the practical study, as well as compliment the academic done in other subjects. It can help develop both their written and verbal communication skills, as well as helping nurture social skills. Drama also gives pupils the opportunity to explore issues and situations in a safe and guided environment.
The study of Drama develops ‘soft skills’ that are important to the success of almost all employers. Nearly every job requires employees to engage with others in some way. Therefore, being able to interact well with others is important in any job.
Managers and employers look for applicants with soft skills because they are transferable and used regardless of the job at which the person is working. This makes job candidates with soft skills very adaptable employees.
Also, because soft skills are acquired over time, people with soft skills are often seen as having unique and broad backgrounds that can diversify a company and help it run more efficiently. For this reason, Drama is an invaluable tool for the personal development of our pupils at Derby Pride Academy.
Pupils in Key Stage 3 study a programme of Drama that includes practical, written and creative work. They study basic drama skills, explore topical issues and engage with written play texts. which boosts their self-esteem. This supports progression to KS4, when pupils study for their English GCSE.
We strive to:
- Develop the personal, social and soft skills of all pupils
- Develop the imagination, creativity and problem solving skills of all pupils
- Encourage a creative outlet for all pupils
- Prepare pupils for the world of work
- Compliment skills studied in the English curriculum
- Ensure pupils leave with a BTEC Level 1 Award qualification in Performing Arts
The course across KS3 designed to cover drama skills, career roles, play texts, devised work, local and national theatres, theatre design and theatre genres.
Pupils study a different unit each half term in order to maintain engagement; focusing on a different era in History and different aspects of Drama and the Performing Arts, ensuring a general awareness and appreciation of the theatre, as well as developing those all- important soft skills.
Work will be in a variety of forms depending on the topic- including written work, performance work and design work.
The schemes are flexible in their approach, ensuring that they can be tailored to the needs of the pupils in the class. Some of our pupils can find the freedom and perceived lack of structure in a Drama class unsettling, and for this reason many tasks can be taught in a more traditional classroom environment, whilst still exploring a wide range of drama skills and techniques. Assessment in KS3 lends itself to the strengths of our pupils as there is an emphasis on discussion and creative work.
In Key Stage 3 pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit. The assessment will be appropriate to the unit studied and will may be written, design based or practical.
All pupils complete a baseline upon entry to the academy. This will assess any knowledge of Drama from their previous educational setting. Given the length and demand of this, many pupils (particularly those who have been absent from education for a period of time) may struggle to achieve grades that their KS2 data target would indicate. Combined with the NGRT, pupils who require access arrangements, or laptops for a usual way of working, can be identified early. This method is also pertinent to our pupils as very few of them will enter a career in the Performing Arts, but all will benefit from the reinforcement of the functional skills and soft skills that Drama includes.
Pupils’ progress in KS3 is measured according to whether their learning is Supported (IL), Guided (GL), Independent (IL), or working towards a GCSE level (W).
Pupils will be studying the same topics across the KS3 curriculum as they are in Drama. This means that the curriculum is a knowledge-based one, rich in cross- curricular links. Aspects of relevant knowledge will be reinforced in all of their lessons.
In all aspect of the study of Drama it is vitally important that pupils are able to express their views and ideas in a clear and grammatically correct manner. Good literacy is necessary to understand, respond to, and use a range of specialist language to describe the concepts and ideas relating to the world in general, as well of that of the theatre and Drama. Specialist vocabulary must be learned and used appropriately, and topic specific vocabulary will be used and reinforced across all KS3 lessons..
Events/ people/ places
Each unit will discuss and study the people, events and places key to that topic and era in History. These people, events and places will be subject specific in Drama- eg Greek playwrights or Greek theatres- but will include those that are studied in other subjects eg Greek Gods and myths studied in English, or Greek Historical events as studied in History, and Greek scientists as studied in Science. Pupils will be able to make links between these people, events and places through their cross-curricular study.
It is essential that pupils become thinkers and problem solvers, not just memorisers of facts. These are skills applicable to all areas, and are vital when studying Drama. Learned concepts can be applied in other areas of the curriculum as discussed above.
Many procedures in Drama are common to all aspects of the curriculum. These include: Child Protection, Health & Safety, Confidentiality and Data sharing. In- house training as well CPD courses ensure that that these procedures are consistent throughout the curriculum.
Sound director/ operator
Broadcaster Exercise instructor