The Drama department recognises a common sense of purpose and a shared belief in the contribution drama and theatre makes to the quality of people’s lives both in school and beyond. Our work is centred on three core beliefs: togetherness, openness, play. We believe that each one of us has something we can do to help another. We believe in the power of people as a community.
Making drama and experiencing theatre is part of being human. It spans our histories and cultures, offering a means of creative exploration, expression and the making of shared meanings and aesthetic experiences. Through it, we learn what it is to be human with passion and compassion.
In addition to the importance of students developing their knowledge and skills in drama & theatre, other vital and transferable non-cognitive skills are also developed. These include the personal and social use of the imagination; powers of creative self-expression; decision making and problem solving skills; critical reflection and an understanding of self and the world; self-confidence; a sense of worth and respect; consideration for others.
Engagement in the quintessentially collaborative and social activities of drama and theatre provide opportunities to develop skills of teamwork, communication and consultation. Learning to develop these essential skills has a positive impact throughout life. Drama & theatre are inclusive cultural and educational practices that are accessible and enjoyable for children and young people of all ages and abilities.
Key Stage 3
There are five schemes of work in Yr 7: Ready to Play, An Introduction to Greek Theatre, Scriptwriting, Blood Brothers, and Actor Training 1. Students will have the opportunity to work singularly, in pairs and in small and large groups. As students move into Yr8, the focus moves towards classes shaping their own pieces of drama with less guidance from staff, to decide on the pathway that their lessons take and to explore new styles of performance. We study revolutionary theatre practitioners and styles of theatre such as Commedia Dell’Arte. In Y 9 we expect students, when looking at schemes such as The Holocaust, Missing Dan Nolan and DNA, to see the wider picture, making cross-curricular connections and creating drama to communicate an intention for a specific audience group.
Students are formally assessed in three areas at the end of each term: Process, Performance, and Evaluation. We use this data to allow the students to gather the evidence on their development, to open conversations about areas for improvement and to praise and reward progress.
Lessons are only a part of the drama experience in The Blue School. We also have an extensive extra-curricular provision with students being encouraged to audition for the annual school production. We also have a drama club for Yr7-9. Students are given lots of opportunity during the year to see professional theatre, especially if a production happens which is relevant to their topic. The staff are passionate about drama and its importance in the curriculum and we do our very best to develop this in the students during their time with us.