Drama is essentially a practical subject which relies on the ability of participants to communicate and express their ideas and feelings. Therefore Drama enables students to develop an understanding of themselves and others through the creation of a range of imagined situations. The topics and themes covered by the drama curriculum enable young people to develop their sensitivity and understanding of a multicultural society
Through participation in a range of drama activities students’ develop confidence in their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. The ability to express opinions, compromise on ideas and accept constructive criticism are key life skills which are also embedded in the study of Drama.
As well as being an invaluable tool for the development of the social, moral and emotional intelligences of young people drama also challenges its students to use their physical and vocal expression skills to create complex characters. The development of improvised or scripted material for performance also challenges students to demonstrate their understanding and awareness of a range of drama techniques and performance styles.
Through the study of Drama in years 7, 8 & 9 students explore a range of social, historical and cultural themes. Each Unit results in a practical assessment with some form of written evaluation built into the final task. The schemes of work practiced by the department at Key Stage 3 enable the students’ to meet the levels criteria as outlined in the Arts Council ‘Drama in Schools’ document.
CIRCUS SKILLS - ECA Summer Term 2011