Drama Curriculum Statement
“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
The Cape School Curriculum ensures that all our students have the opportunity for academic and personal development across a broad range of subjects and experiences. It combines equality of opportunity to our core learning with opportunities for students to make individual choices regarding their learning experiences. Acquisition of knowledge and transferable skills are the cornerstones of our student’s progress and we place a high value on building their understanding of community, place and social justice. Lessons and other learning experiences are sequenced to build on students’ prior knowledge, and to ensure that students deepen their understanding of each subject, and the interconnection between subjects and their global context.
Our Curriculum is the foundation to achieving our Core Principles:
- Students leave Cape with high value achievements and the life skills and resilience that provide a platform for future success and happiness.
- We are inspired to work together to research, design and implement highly effective and sustainable solutions to develop and maintain our thriving school community.
- Continuous improvement is achieved through a whole school culture of, and commitment to, creativity, engagement and professionalism.
What is Unique to the study of Drama?
Drama is the examination of the human character; it challenges our perceptions about our world, each other and about ourselves. Drama at Cape aims to stay true to this maxim by putting the art of dramatic storytelling at the heart of all that we do.
Drama allows students to communicate with, and understand, other people in new ways. It fosters the skills of communication that are so necessary in today’s increasingly information-centred world. Our carefully sequenced Curriculum offers students the opportunity to experience and explore drama related to world and local situations and issues. It stimulates creativity and imagination in problem solving. It can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts and dreams that they might not otherwise have the means to express. Drama develops the skills needed for effective collaboration and independent working, which can help students prepare for all future jobs or careers.
The Year 7 curriculum enquires: what is drama and theatre and how is it created? Students are introduced to the subject through a brief history of drama through the ages and opportunities to devise original work as well as performing text. A wide range of performance and design skills are introduced and students experiment with, and apply these in many devising and text performance activities. The concepts of genre and style are also introduced and students use associated techniques and conventions to explore how these can be created.
In Year 8, students develop their skills and knowledge of how and why different genres and styles are created. They explore selected genres and styles in more depth and detail and are given more extended opportunities to devise original work and perform text. Performance and design skills, conventions and techniques can be developed and refined to a greater level as students use and apply these to more complex tasks. As a finale to KS3 drama, students are given the opportunity to complete a performance or design project of their choice.
GCSE Drama is the pathway offered as an option in KS4, in Year 9 students build upon and develop their existing skills to prepare for their GCSE examination assessments in Year 10 & 11. Opportunities to perform in a range of situations outside of School are embedded into each year of KS4 to widen students’ experience of performing in different venues and for different audiences (primary schools; St Ives School; Penwith College; Acorn Theatre etc.). Visits to live theatre each year are also part of the curriculum, enabling students to enrich their experience and knowledge of theatrical performance and design.
Our Curriculum also offers a wide programme of regular extra-curricular activities: The Cape Amateur Theatrical Society (CATS) meets weekly and is open to all students interested in performance from Year 7 – 11. Devised drama pieces, demanding a high level of creative and collaborative skills, are created for showcases throughout the year (local events; Xmas Concert; Hall for Cornwall Secondary Drama Festival; Minack Theatre Shakespeare School Project etc.) and a major school production of a play or musical offers young performers an extended text performance commitment.