‘Drama is the art of becoming’

In Drama it is our aim to stimulate the imagination of students and foster in them a range of desirable personal qualities that are transferable to other aspects of their lives. We aim to give them opportunities that help them become self-confident, co-operative, emotionally aware, strong communicators and enquiring individuals. We do this by exposing students to new art forms and different ways of thinking so that they understand value and support the ‘Arts’ place in society and the world. Furthermore we provide them with a range of material so that they form an understanding of major cultural influences and the methods to employ engaging performance work. The department ensures that students feel safe in expressing themselves in lessons and other wider curriculum opportunities without feeling judged.

Course content

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 7:
Term 1.1 Introduction to Drama
Term 1.2 Readers make Leaders
Term 2.1 Darkwood Manor
Term 2.2 Transformations- Mister Holgado
Term 3.1 Practitioner enquiry- Brecht
Term 3.2 Modern Theatre- Political Theatre

Year 8:
Term 1.1 Brecht- Mother Courage
Term 1.2 Macbeth
Term 2: Metamorphosis
Term 3.1 Modern Theatre- Verbatim
Term 3.2 Tongue in knots

Year 9:
Term 1.1 Brecht- 3 Penny Opera
Term 1.2 Blood Brothers
Term 2 Theatre of the Absurd
Term 3.1 Dr Jekyll and Hyde
Term 3.2 T.I.E

Skills developed

Drama at John Spence Community High School is a lively, inclusive subject. It is taught throughout the school at Key Stage 3.
Students develop skills in responding, creating, performing and evaluating, which form the basis for their assessments. The students follow a programme of work that amalgamates both theatre/drama skills and issue based/personal experiences.