Drama at Fareham Academy aims to provide a stimulating environment where students can explore, create, lead and analyse. The subject is compulsory at Key Stage 3, with students receiving one lesson per week from a specialist drama teacher. Drama is an option subject at Key Stage 4. Students opt for drama at the end of Year 9 and begin the GCSE course in Year 10. The aim is to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment to nurture creativity, imagination, self-confidence and self-discipline for students.
Drama is highly effective in exploring social and moral issues, as well as developing social and emotional skills, building confidence, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.
Key Stage 3
By the end of Key Stage 3 students should be confident in:
Devising their own drama from different forms of stimuli
Rehearsing as part of a group and performing
Evaluating their own work and of others
Be familiar with drama terminology and the effect it has
on their work
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama in Key Stage 4 follows the OCR syllabus. Students can develop an insight into and an understanding of a wide range of activities. Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course and has been designed to help students meet those challenges. The balance between the controlled assessment tasks and the written examination gives candidates the best opportunity to succeed.
Year 10 begins with developing skills learnt in Key Stage 3, exploring a range of performance styles and genres. There will be theatre visits to prepare for the written exam. In Year 11, students will complete their two controlled assessments on devising drama, presenting and performing scripts and a written exam.