'All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players ..... '

William Shakespeare – 'As You Like It'

Drama is taught to every child at Blackfriars Academy, regardless of age and ability. It is a vital part of the curriculum, both as a teaching tool and as a learning medium. All pupils in Key Stage 3 receive a weekly lesson which is taught using either:

  • A text
  • An image
  • A theme
  • A stimuli

As and where appropriate Drama is used to support key areas of learning on the curriculum to deepen pupils’ understanding of a topic. For Example if Titanic is being taught in History then Drama may deliver a scheme of work examining peoples’ feelings and the surrounding issues of this great event. Or if the topic is Castles we may explore medieval life and the life at the castle itself.

Drama is also about the development of skills particular to the subject so that pupils are equipped to follow a Key Stage 4 course and beyond, if that is their choice. So each scheme of work will look to develop particular skills and techniques that pupils can transfer across the curriculum. It is our aim to develop communication skills through using a range of language in a range of different contexts. Drama is also about the development of personal, social and thinking skills and is a vital part of the curriculum. It is a fun and engaging way to learn about the world around us.

At Key Stage 4 pupils are offered the opportunity to take an option in Drama through the BTEC Performing Arts Acting course. This course is offered at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2; the study route chosen will depend on pupils’ ability and will be chosen at the start of the course. The course is mainly practical but is supported by written work, which is completed continuously throughout each unit. Pupils will be expected to perform as there are performance units within this course.

Why is Drama important?

Drama has long been valued on the curriculum and is vital to self development:

'Encouraging young people to believe in themselves and find their own voice whether it is through art, writing or drama is so important in giving young people a sense of self worth.'

Michael Morpurgo