Drama contributes in a unique way to the process of learning. Its uniqueness lies in its immediacy as it happens in the here and now. It allows pupils a high degree of control over their own learning as they manage information, make decisions and solve problems. It draws upon pupils’ own experiences of the world and then extends it.
It engages feelings, imagination, encourages creativity and allows them to work alone and with others. Drama is a powerful means of bringing alive knowledge and experience by engaging the emotions and the intellect. It involves the controlled attempts to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help to make sense of reality and the world we live in.
Across Key Stage Three, pupils are introduced to a wide range of dramatic strategies and performance styles. As a subject, Drama gives pupils a platform to develop their confidence and creativity, as well as fostering skills in teamwork, problem-solving and verbal and non-verbal communication.
Pupils adapt, create and perform scripts, both independently and in groups. They study the origins of theatre through creative design tasks; they unveil the historical contexts of dramatic texts through verbatim theatre; and they work collaboratively to imagine and create their very own devised performances.
In years 8, 9 and 10, pupils are given connected learning opportunities in Drama, allowing them to draw on prior knowledge and understanding in subjects such as Learning for Life and Work, English and History to inform and inspire their own devised and scripted work in Drama.
The pupils’ programme of study allows them to explore societal issues such as homelessness, cyber-safety, resilience and mental well-being; this helps to enhance pupils’ appreciation of the world they live in by giving them opportunities to practise empathy and understanding.
Here at De La Salle College, Drama is offered at Key Stage Four. Those who opt to pursue GCSE Drama will follow the CCEA GCSE Drama specification course which allows the students to study a set text; experience and evaluate live theatre; and perform both scripted and devised pieces as a group.
At De La Salle, pupils of all ages are invited to participate in our extra-curricular Drama activities. Pupils who attend Drama Club are given the opportunity to perform in front of parents and prospective pupils at our Open Night, and to perform in whole-school productions.