Drama & Performing Arts

What will my child's learning be like in Drama?

Students will learn and develop a range of skills throughout Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9). New skills will be learnt in each scheme of learning that are suitable for their year group but also, transferring skills across from previous learning to make sure development is occurring in every lesson.

Year 7 students' learning is focussed around drama studio etiquette and key skills that will help them progress as a performer. Examples are:

  • Vocal and Physical Skills
  • Characterisation
  • Mime
  • Slapstick
  • Improvisation

Year 8 develops students' learning through stimuli ensuring they take charge of their own learning. Examples are:

  • Sound
  • Movement
  • Stimulus
  • Reportage
  • Body as prop

Year 9 students will begin to explore topics that challenge students to have ‘their own voice’ and allow them to give opinions, thoughts and feelings. Examples are:

  • Choral speech/movement
  • Multi-rolling
  • Soundscape
  • Stylistic Acting
  • Scripts

In Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) students will bring all their prior learning together. They will develop their own pieces of drama and explore techniques in relation to drama practitioners. They will explore these through their components set in their BTEC examination award. Students will explore Brecht, Berkoff and Frantic Assembly through research and workshops. They will look at how they contrast with each other and, if they have any similarities. They will develop these practioners' conventions through set texts which are:

  1. Bouncers by John Godber
  2. One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

What are we aiming to achieve in the Drama department?

In Drama we are aiming to build confidence and for students to express themselves in a way that is different to other subjects. We want them to be able to discuss their own opinions on specific matters. We believe transferrable skills like teamwork and collaboration are crucial in Drama. As well as Drama in the classroom we offer a range of extra-curricular activities to ensure students' passion for the subject thrives.

For more information please contact

Miss E Wishart, Teacher of Drama - eleanor.wishart@lowryacademy.org.uk