Why is Drama important?

From ancient times, the theatre has been used as an important vehicle for the expression of powerful messages and emotions. Drama develops the vital skills of independence, appreciation, concentration, cooperation, confidence, communication, empathy and critical thinking. Most importantly, Drama inspires creativity.

What is the aim of the Drama curriculum at Oaklands?

The Drama curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn through doing and being. Students are able to develop as independent learners and critical thinkers through enquiry, exploration and creation. Students have the opportunity to explore their own attitudes, emotions and beliefs through a variety of stimuli in response to key issues. Drama at Oaklands develops students’ understanding of issues around social justice and thereby of their role as responsible members of society and our community. By developing their language and oracy skills through Drama, students in turn develop their confidence to present information and to express thoughts and opinions clearly.

How is the curriculum in Drama structured?

The curriculum in drama is structured so that students develop a variety of Drama skills and techniques whilst also exploring characters and themes from classic and contemporary texts. The curriculum builds a set of key skills (e.g Devising, Script Analysis) which are consistently revisited at a higher level through their KS3 curriculum and in preparation for GCSE Drama. Students are taught how to engage imaginatively and intellectually with drama forms and conventions through scripted and devised performances. The choice of texts, styles and stimuli are carefully selected to develop an appreciation of Drama as an artistic form and to recognise its diversity and relevance within society.

  Topics covered in Year 7

  • Bullying (Introduction to Drama)
  • Howling Lodge (Devising)
  • Antigone (Ancient Greek Theatre),
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare)
  • The Snow Dragons (Contemporary Script)

Topics covered in Year 8

  • Physical Theatre (Devising)
  • Mugged (Contemporary Script)
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare)
  • Slapstick Comedy
  • Lord of the Flies (Script)

Topics covered in Year 9

  • Blackout (Devising)
  • Dna (Script)
  • Random (Script)
  • Theatre Evaluation

Topics covered in Year 10

  • Mock Component 1 Devising
  • Hard to Swallow (Script)
  • Mock Component 2 Performing from a text
  • Mock Component 3 & Theatre Evaluation,
  • Component 1 in the Summer Term

Topics covered in Year 11

  • Component 1: Devising Theatre
  • Component 2: Performing from a text
  • Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

KS4 Qualification title

  • Drama (and Theatre) 

Drama Curriculum Maps