Department Leader: Mrs Becci Byrne
Drama develops collaborative, creative, confident, and contemplative practitioners, ready to have a positive impact on the world around them. The heart of our curriculum is built around challenging student’s perception of drama and the world they live in.
Students will be collaborative learners, working with others, respecting different viewpoints and perspectives of the world. Young people will consider the historical context of when plays are written and how we view them through a contemporary lens. Students will be creative and confident individuals, making their own performances, focusing on challenging practitioners and topical events that are happening in society. This develops their confidence as they perform for audiences. Students will be contemplative learners, reflecting on their performances and those of others. Through which they will consider the social and moral themes presented in plays and the impact they have on the characters and themselves.
At the Nuneaton Academy, we embed our core values into all aspect of the drama curriculum to bring out ‘the best in everyone’.
- Ambitious – The drama curriculum is designed to challenge students understanding of theatre and encourages young people to be ambitious with their learning, regardless of how long they study drama. Students explore a wide range of theatre practitioners, genres, plays, and themes in lessons.
- Confident –Drama uses stimuli and experience to cultivate a deeper, meaningful connection to the world, and allows students to be confident in their work. Drama is an active vehicle to build a sense of community and group work activities are an integral part of this, allowing for confident communication with others.
- Creative – The use of live theatre recordings allows students opportunities to see a variety of performance styles and improves their culture capital. Additionally, students will take part in a range of workshops with professional theatre makers to enhance their creativity in drama.
- Respectful - In drama, students reflect on their own character by exploring the experiences of others. The curriculum focuses on how characters build relationships, uphold values, and follow their motivation, allowing us to see how we ourselves act in this world, developing empathy.
- Enthusiastic – Studying a variety of drama practitioners can allow us to challenge discrimination and be enthusiastic about creating a more positive and integrated society. The curriculum also introduces roles in theatre, outside of acting, to encourage all to find a passion and interest within the subject.
- Determined – The plays studied in drama are challenging and encourage discussion and debate around morality, how our actions impact others, and what happens when we abandon our morals in favour of ambition and power. Drama makes determined students, who aim to have a positive impact on the world.