From Years 7 to 9 pupils will be able to recognise the difference between the actual context (what is really there) and the externalised context (the ‘make believe’) and that it is possible to get sophisticated levels of subjective meaning from the drama fiction being created. The feeling of ‘dramatic playing’ that is experienced in in primary years should have now moved comfortably into structured methods of learning that exist within a fictional framework where pupils make carefully crafted decisions about their dramatic intention.
Pupils are given many opportunities where it is necessary to consciously craft a piece of drama and do this with a clear dramatic purpose and audience in mind. Their experiences in role and during the creation of character will be authentic and engaging, whether it is in an improvised sequence in a drama lesson or for the public domain of an audience. Between Years 7 to 9 pupils should be consistently controlling and manipulating the dramatic art form as well as enjoying the fictional escape that it provides.
Pupils will be provided with a variety of experiences to ensure they have gained knowledge and skills in different genre and style. This approach provides good preparation for pupils who choose GCSE Drama and A Level Drama and Theatre as options. Genres explored include cabaret, war, murder mystery, comedy, Shakespeare and a selection of 20th century and contemporary playwrights.
Drama is embedded in the curriculum from Pre-School to Year 9.
In Year 10, students can study GCSE Drama (OCR) and in the Sixth Form, students can study A Level Drama and Theatre (OCR).