“Drama is life with the dull parts left out”
– Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Mr D Poulter
Drama Subject Lead
Drama is a crucial way of developing a student’s communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. At Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy we supply a wide range of opportunities for students to find their voice in front of an audience.
In class, students explore a variety of genres and performance styles. They work collaboratively as part of groups and independently in order to produce performance pieces to be shown to the class. As a result of peer and student feedback, they are encouraged to continuously evaluate and improve their work, gaining further confidence along the way.
Students are constantly encouraged to be innovative and expressive in their performance responses, allowing them to develop performance skills that help give voice to their creative instincts.
Key Stage 3
- Initial drama skills
- Physical theatre
- Displaced people (issue-based theatre)
- Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
- Animal Farm (play text)
- Dramatic structure
- Commedia dell'arte
- Mental health (issue-based theatre)
- Ancient greek theatre
- Shakespeare's Macbeth
- Kindertransport (play text)
- Theatre practitioners
- Realism and naturalism
- Two (play text)
- Shakespeare's Hamlet
- The Glass Menagerie (play text)
Key Stage 4
Students who opt to take GCSE Drama follow the AQA specification. Students work in groups to create their own original devised piece of drama which they perform to a live audience. An accompanying log book documenting their creative process is also assessed. Students are also requireed to stage two sections of a published play which is assessed by a visiting examiner and complete a written exam at the end of year 11. In practical components, students can chose to be assessed as performers or in a design role (lighting, sound, costume, set, puppetry).
Drama Outside of the Classroom
Year 7 Drama club takes place after school on a Wednesday. Students are currently working on creating their own original mini-performances.
Year 8, 9 & 10 Drama club takes place after school on a Tuesday. Students are currently looking at approaches to play texts. Texts include Hamlet, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Crucible, Top Girls and Our Country’s Good.