The Hub School recognises the study of Drama as a collaborative and creative learning process that develops highly valuable skills in communication, creative expression, self-discipline and resilience. Students studying Drama develop essential, transferable interpersonal skills that are beneficial to a wide range of job roles and career fields, whilst developing confidence and self-awareness, too.
Drama learning supports, encourages and develops skills in:
- Independent and informed decision-making and experimentation.
- Expressing a point of view, whilst calmly listening to, respecting and acknowledging the views of others.
- Being constructively self-critical; evaluating the work and progress of themselves and those with whom they work; a skill that is useful in all job roles.
- Bravery and pride in exposing their creations; learning to overcome barriers with positivity whilst working to a set deadline.
- Collaborating to overcome obstacles with creative thinking and enjoy the accomplishment of group and individual work.
- Understanding different times, historical events and cultures through the social, historical and cultural context of plays and playwrights.
KS3 students develop skills in creative teamwork and collaborative learning. Working both independently and/or in groups, students explore how voice and body communicate emotion and character; both on stage and in everyday life. This is valuable for students’ self-awareness and is key in developing empathy and analytical skills.
Students explore both technical and knowledge-based skills, through both written and practical tasks.
Theme and text choice are tailored around the needs and interests of each individual student and group, though study will include the following key curriculum areas:
- Developing voice and speaking skills
- Understanding physicality and body language
- Study of key playwrights such as Bertolt Brecht, Willy Russell and Mark Wheeller.
- Study of key periods of theatre such as Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, Commedia Del Arte and American Silent Movie Mime.
- Evaluating their own work and the theatre performances of others, using a drama vocabulary and a constructive criticism.
Drama and Theatre learning may be accredited through a variety of ways, each tailored to the abilities, circumstances and preferred learning style of each individual student. Skill options for Drama accreditation include acting, set design or costume design; be this accredited through: Arts Award scheme, LAMDA Award or, most popularly, via the OCR GCSE Drama curriculum.