Curriculum vision / Intent:
The Drama curriculum aims to develop a students’ understanding of key foundational skills required for performance, whilst developing transferable ‘life skills’ to prepare them for the world outside of Douay Martyrs. This is done through the drama departments’ ‘Quality First Teaching’ principles of:
1. Highly focused lesson design with sharp learning objectives.
2. High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning.
3. High levels of interaction for all students.
4. Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher.
5. An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for students to talk both individually and in groups.
6. An expectation that students will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently.
7. Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate students.
The curriculum creates a passion and resilience for drama, creation and performance whilst developing a students’ love of theatrical development and/ or performance ultimately becoming independent learners and creative thinkers. At KS3, emphasis will be on fun, self-expression, passionate teaching, enthusiasm, and the enjoyment of studying a range of fascinating topics exposing the student to a historical, modern, and deeply embedded cultural understanding of Drama. Students will learn key words and concepts, such as improvisation, with succinct definitions before applying them in performance. Creativity and self-expression are further developed with a focus on key performances styles such as Melodrama, Commedia Dell 'Arte and choral delivery from Greek Theatre in addition to the contemporary rehearsal techniques of Stanislavski, including: role playing, tableaux/still imagery, movement, mime thought-tracking and hot-seating et al. TDMCSS Curriculum Map 2023-2024 At GCSE level (KS4), our focus moves to developing the key skills required for devising drama, as well as how to interpret play texts. Rehearsal techniques explored include: Stanislavski, and explorative strategies/techniques such as Boal, Berkoff, Brecht, Lecoq and Artaud to gain a deeper understanding of characters, to explore scenes and to experiment with characterisation, leading to a greater focus on consolidating set text, written and presentation skills using technical theatre, among other mediums to enhance a performance. We teach critical thinking and writing skills for analysing ‘live’ performances, coupled with ‘live’ streams and in-person theatre visits. Our main aim is to encourage our students to become highly competent, flexible, and engaging performers or theatre designers (lighting, costume or set) with a strong appreciation of the technical side of theatre and who are able to write confidently about their processes; in addition to being able to speak with clarity and be confident in their understanding of how drama and theatre can work as a system to interrogate our contemporary world.
The impact of the curriculum is to prepare students both practically and academically for the next phase of their educational journey by providing them with the skills (whether artistic, technical, academic, or transferable) needed to flourish at A Level, further study or in the world of work. Students will be able to discuss the merits of different theatrical styles, rehearsal methods employed by a performer, designer, or director; both verbally and through a written format, whilst developing/building on skills they can use/transfer in all walks of life. They will also be able to reflect critically on their processes and performances in order to grow as a creative and expressive individual. Overall, we aim to equip all students with the comprehension, confidence, and critical analysis to creatively comprehend and articulate any artistic and creative experiences they may encounter in the future.Please click on the document below to see our subject curriculum map for all years.