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The purpose of the Drama curriculum at Harris Academy Wimbledon is to allow students, through the practical exploration of Drama, to develop a range of theatrical skills focussing on the use of voice and physicality to bring about the successful creation of character and performance. Knowledge in Drama is developed through a practical artistic curriculum which ranges through student's structured exploration through to classroom improvisation, polished presentation and performances of classic play texts. Through our practical curriculum, students will experiment and perform key texts including Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, and Melodrama to Contemporary theatre which, in turn, will introduce them to different theatrical styles. Whilst developing such knowledge, students will also be introduced to the workings of the theatre and the function of light, sound, props, and staging in bringing about an effective performance. This will allow students to develop their powers of expression, communication and aesthetic understanding.
Equally we want all students to have an introduction to the styles and techniques of key theatre practitioners who have shaped the cultural development of the art form throughout history. Key practitioners to be explored will be Stanislavski, Artaud, and Brecht. This will enhance their appreciation of theatre as an art form.
In Harris Academy’s process and product-based model of the curriculum, the development of performance skills is paramount, but the nurture of these skills comes from within the process.â¯
The Key Stage 3 Drama curriculum must:
- allow students to create and develop ideas that communicate meaning for a theatrical performance.â¯
- allow students to apply theatrical performance skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.â¯
- allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding through practical performance of how Drama and Theatre is developed and performed.â¯
- allows students to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.â¯â¯
The Key Stage 4 Drama curriculum must:
- develop student’s understanding of the characteristics and context of performance text(s) and dramatic work(s). This includes understanding genre, structure, character, form, style and language. Developing an understanding of context must include the social, historical, political and cultural context.
- develop student’s understanding of how meaning in a text is interpreted and communicated through understanding key performance roles including the lighting, set, and costume designer
- develop student’s analytical and evaluative skills when critiquing live theatre and their own devised performance