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Performing Arts

What is taught? 

Key Stage 3 -  

Year 7: Introduction to Drama  

This year focuses on building basic skills in drama and providing opportunities for students to learn in a creative and practical way. Our learners explore a variety of topical issues and fictional situations to enhance their knowledge on the wider world and encourage them to reflect on their views, helping to shape our learners as young adults.  

Schemes of work – 

•Drama Techniques 1 

•Silent Movies 

•Refugee’s/Leaving Home 

Year 8: Building on Skills 

This year is an explorative year where learners are applying their knowledge through new scenarios and role-play opportunities. Our learners are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ and consider what makes an effective performance, developing their analysis and evaluation skills. Learners are also introduced to the role of a director and have opportunities to enhance their leadership skills throughout this year. 

Schemes of work – 

•Drama Techniques 2 

•Darkwood Manor  

•Working from a script  

Key Stage 4 –  

At Key Stage 4, we provide the opportunity to study GCSE Drama. Learners explore a wide range of skills, techniques and styles of drama from a variety of drama practitioners. Learners will use drama in many different ways to formulate performances and written responses to aid their knowledge. Content will be taught by looking at a variety of theatre elements, such as: investigating live professional theatre works, playwrights work, theatre in education and many more. 


How is it taught? 

Drama at Beacon Hill Academy is taught as a variety of both practical works (in the form of learner performances), but also through critical analysis of professional works. By looking at the works of great performers, writers and directors, we are able to gain a greater insight into what makes us successful in Drama and the Performing Arts.


What makes your subject unique? 

Drama is a creative art form to contribute and enhance our learners’ life skills. These life skills include: negotiation, working in a team, resilience, co-operation, self-confidence and public speaking. Furthermore, learners develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture, body language and facial expressions through a range of practical lessons. Through drama, learners are able to creatively explore, express and respond to concepts which will help them understand the world we live in