Drama offers a unique contribution to the curriculum. It has value as a cross-curricular subject and as a subject or art in its own right. The drama classroom provides opportunity for students to develop skills in communication and empathy, whilst supporting students in understanding concepts and characters in other subjects.
We aim to instil in students the basic skills of drama, from simple role-play techniques through to the more extended application of specific techniques and forms in the subject. Drama fosters your creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of your imagination.
Key Stage 3
Students have a term long project-based experience of Drama in each year at KS3. The aim of the subject is for students to learn performance and self-presentation skills, to develop their confidence in devising and presenting dramas to others and to practise and perfect their group work, communication and co-operation skills. Students will also study scripts written by professional playwrights. Drama at KS3 provides a foundation for the further study of the subject at KS4.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama promotes students’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for students to attend professional dramatic performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
Throughout the study of GCSE Drama, students will be given opportunities to participate in and evaluate their own and others' drama pieces. Students will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements. Students will also study a range of set drama texts by well-respected playwrights. Examination is by coursework and a timed externally-set paper.
A lunch-time drama club runs every week, which gives students the opportunity to further develop their love for the subject. Fullhurst also puts on a yearly show. The most recent, ‘Disco Fever’, was a fantastic hit with both those involved in the production and those who watched it. The department is now preparing for our Christmas show.