Why do we learn Drama?
The Drama faculty thrives to challenge the perception of the arts in the local community and provide opportunities for students to explore the arts in both a local & global content. In turn, we hope this will provide a range of job / career opportunities within our community which these students may never have thought about before. We also want students to be comfortable with who they are as a person, and we develop their use of public speaking and reading people to understand how other feelings may be.
Head of Department
Mr C Wood
Our high -quality drama education at Ark Boulton engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of performing. We nurture and increase their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement within drama, along with their sense of belonging. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with drama, allowing them to rehearse, refine and perform to a wide range of audiences. To be successful we will teach students how to become critical analysts, self-reviewing their own and others work.
Apart from disciplinary skills, our curriculum aims for students to know the purpose of studying drama as an art form (e.g., building confidence, expressing emotion, creativity, independence, teamwork, discipline, and self-esteem through personal accomplishment). We allow students to explore a wide range of topics which are seen within the world to prepare them for the future.
By the time students leave Ark Boulton, students will have developed an understanding and involvement in drama around them in both their local community and the wider world. Students will have been given opportunities both in and outside of the classroom to perform their pieces for family and friends at the end of the year.
Phase/Key Stage introduction(s)
In KS3 Year 7 students look at the academy narrative of ‘My Identity and my place in the Ark Boulton family’, where the following themes are explored - Drama: using vocal and physical skills to express character and emotion.
Year 8 students begin to explore ‘My place my local and virtual community’. In drama: Students look at topics such as 'gangs' and 'The Curious Incident' which have different themes to explore within the classroom.
Year 9 students explore the narrative of ‘Awe and Wonder: my place in our global community’. Drama themes explored include practitioners from around the world, suh as Augusto Boal and Konstanstin Stanislavski, and plays such as 'Cookies'.
Drama - Take a Stand: Devising.
Drama - ‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime’. Practitioner: National Theatre.
Drama - Into the Woods Act Two (James Lapine)