Drama is taught at Kingshill School for three main reasons:
1. DRAMA ENCOMPASSES THEATRE, FILM AND TELEVISION MEDIUMS
Students develop their skills in making, presenting and evaluating plays. They mainly work in the medium of theatre, but also work in the medium of video. These mediums are popular and powerful forces in our society, so drama provides an important contribution to cultural education. Drama is a creative subject and therefore also contributes to spiritual development.
2. DRAMA ENABLES STUDENTS TO ACTIVELY EXPLORE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
Through the active identification with imagined roles and situations, pupils learn to explore issues, events and relationships. They solve problems, challenge stereotypes and make sense of a new perception of reality. Through role play the pupils can learn to cope with situations that may occur later in life. We are free to select thematic content, which will usually contribute further to the cultural and/or moral development of the students.
3. DRAMA DEVELOPS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL SKILLS/QUALITIES
Drama is a social activity, which usually requires its' participants to work collectively on a creative task. Social skills such as concentration and co-operation are an essential pre-requisite. Working as a member of a team contributes to a student's moral development. Students should develop their vocabulary and ability to adapt language according to different situations. All students should desire increased communication skill, even if they are not inclined towards performance.
KEY STAGE 3 DRAMA
Drama at Key Stage 3 aims to build confidence and skill in the use of drama skills through a series of topics which are both accessible and challenging. The topics are: An Introduction to Drama, How to Make a Play, Mask Performance, Peer Group Pressure, Scripted Performance, Improvisation, Shakespeare, Theatre Elements, Devised Performance, Making a Film, Mystery and Suspense, Physical Theatre, Soap Opera, Theatre in Education Performance.
KEY STAGE 4 DRAMA
Drama at Key Stage 4 develops acting skills to GCSE level, culminating with a performance to a visiting examiner. This performance can be scripted or devised. As well as acting and devising skills, the students develop their understanding of workshop drama and professional theatre and learn how to analyse these through written essays. The students visit the theatre, to see shows such as “Blood Brothers” or “The Woman in Black.” The course develops both understanding and practical skills.