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Subject Overview

Drama offers a unique opportunity to work in ways not encountered in most other subjects. Students work collaboratively in groups of varying sizes and learn to share ideas and listen to others. Central to the subject is the reflective and evaluative nature of the programmes of study and the ways of working which encourage independent thinking and learning. The strong bias towards practical work enables students to work creatively and expressively. Texts and stimuli are changed every year to meet the needs, skills and interest of the students and to reflect the changing world.

Key Stage 3 - Year 7/8/9

For many students Drama is a new and challenging subject at KS3. Students undertake an induction course, introducing them to the basic skills required in Drama, which are then developed through a variety of topics, some of which are issue-based. Students learn and develop interpersonal and presentation skills that enable them to excel in other aspects of their curriculum. At The Swanage School the KS3 Drama curriculum takes into account those areas studied in other subjects to provide students with a practical way of exploring the topic in greater detail. The KS3 curriculum provides a good introduction to aspects of GCSE Drama, which is taught at KS4.  Some units have specific SEAL driven objectives that focus explicitly on developing the social skills of students, as Drama relies heavily on such skills. Students are assessed on their practical and theory based work.  Students work in groups every lesson and so collaborative learning is at the heart of Drama lessons.

Key stage 4 - Year 10

The primary focus of the first half term in year 10 is to learn and experiment with the key   exploration strategies that will be needed both in written and practical tasks. By the end of year 10 students would have completed unit one practical work and drafted the coursework element. Students will also be visiting the theatre and completing the theatre review from unit two (explained overleaf). It is intended that students would have completed 50% of their GCSE by the end of year 10.

KS4 - Year 11

The priority in the autumn term of year 11 is completion of the final piece of Controlled Assessment (unit 2). It is intended that by the end of this term students would have completed the first two units practically and that coursework is in final draft. Students will therefore will be able to focus on the performance unit which contributes 40% of the final GCSE grade. They will get specialist help with this in lessons and will be assessed by an external examiner.