Students will leave Key Stage Three with a thorough grounding in the history of theatre. Through work on selected genres they will understand where theatre came from and the variety of different outlooks that exist. Through work on selected practitioners’ students will understand a range of approaches to acting and performance and how different an audience’s experience can be. Students will learn and develop knowledge of different playwrights from different periods of history and from different cultures. They will be exposed to various forms of writing and develop unique literary understanding they cannot gain in other subjects. They will have developed skills in performance and devising and be able to confidently create their own dramatic work using the skills and techniques they have been taught. This curriculum is rich and diverse and will send students off with an excellent grounding in Theatre Arts, whether they continue to study drama and theatre or not.
Students will have developed high level social skills through their work in groups and as a class. They will have learned how to work together being patient and generous both in creating work and practically exploring it. They will have learnt about taking responsibility for their work and building trust in each other in ways that complement and reinforce what they are learning elsewhere in the curriculum. They will have learnt through the various schemes about moral dilemmas learning about right and wrong and explored how to deal with different situations. They will have looked at different cultures and religions, exploring tolerance and building a joy in the variety of experience as well as looking at social issues like mental health building sensitivity and kindness. The aim is that all students find a passion in the exploration of ideas and creation of work, receive a rounded curriculum and develop a love of drama.