At Hassenbrook Academy, Drama develops student’s academic knowledge of theatre but also plays an important role in teaching fundamental skills such as teamwork, creativity, leadership, risk-taking, communication and confidence. In all academic years students study a range of genres and playwrights, but will also benefit from the social, cultural and historical context that is explored alongside it through Drama.
A central aspect of the Drama curriculum is a focus on collaboration and ensemble, which provides students with experiences and opportunities that develop communication skills that are so vital in today’s technology obsessed society. Our schemes of work are designed to engage students, teach them about theatrical styles and introduce them to new worlds which help them to view the world from a different, and more informed, perspective.
Students at Hassenbrook benefit from great arts facilities. The school houses a purpose built Drama studio with lighting facilities, and a large performance spaces for school musicals seating large audiences.
At Hassenbrook Academy, Drama is compulsory for all students at KS3. Years. 7, 8 and 9 have one 75 minute Drama lesson a week. At this level, the Drama curriculum has two objectives. The first is to cultivate well-rounded and confident individuals through their understanding of Drama. Each lesson students rehearse, perform and respond to a stimulus which promotes self-esteem, fuels the imagination, provides a sense of achievement and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Students work in groups to provide them with the opportunity to develop their communication and collaboration skills. In particular, the ‘Ensemble’ units of work fosters this as students have to perform as one.
The second objective is to develop the skills necessary to be successful at KS4. Students explore and create work covering a wide range of theatrical styles, skills and techniques. These include script work, devising, creating character, building atmosphere and using lighting and music. In Year. 7 students develop a tool kit of Drama skills and learn about different genres of theatre including melodrama and ensemble. In Year 8 students cover a wide range of topics including Silent Movies, Shakespeare and puppetry. This allows them to gain a better understanding of the mediums of Drama and characterisation. In Year.9 the topics have been selected to make students think about social, emotional and cultural issues in even more depth to ensure they create more sophisticated work at this stage.
Throughout Key Stage 3, we encourage pupils to work independently and CARR skills are reinforced in every lesson.
If students choose to study Drama at KS4, they will learn about a combination of rich theatrical traditions and the innovative and inspiring work of new Drama practitioners. We ensure that students explore a wide range of plays, playwrights and practitioners so that we open their eyes to creative possibilities and teach students to appreciate the perspectives of others. This develops emotional intelligence, creativity and performance skills. Students are able to form an opinion and justify it, whilst also valuing the concept of diversity within the professional work or repertoire they are studying.
Our current Key Stage 4 students are completing the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts, Drama. This course is worth the same amount of points as a GCSE but allows us more freedom in the themes, styles and plays that we study. The two year course is assessed in three units. Two units are internally assessed and the third unit is externally assessed by the exam board. Students in Year. 11 find out the topic for the external unit at Easter and will then spend their time creating and rehearsing their devised piece for the assessment. There is a written element that requires student to document and evaluate their creative process. For each internal unit students will be assessed on their practical work and on their written portfolio. During the course students will be required to complete research, look at new styles of theatre and learn about Drama practitioners who have shaped theatre over the last 100 years. In addition to their lessons, students will have the opportunity to take part in performances inside and outside of school to further their performance skills.
KS3 Curriculum Map
KS4 Curriculum Map
Miss. A. Chatterway - Lead of Drama