At Landgate school learners are enabled to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Through lessons including role play, immersive environments, film making and dramatic techniques Learners are given the opportunity to not only access the world of drama but also explore literary and social experiences.
In the National Curriculum the benefits of drama are described as:
- Role-play and other drama techniques can help learners to identify with and explore characters. In these ways, they extend their understanding of what they read and have opportunities to try out the language they have listened to.
- Drama and role-play can contribute to the quality of learners writing by providing opportunities for learners to develop and order their ideas through playing roles and improvising scenes in various settings.
- Learners should become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations, for a variety of audiences and purposes, including through drama, formal presentations and debate.
- Reading, re-reading, and rehearsing poems and plays for presentation and performance give learners opportunities to discuss language, including vocabulary, extending their interest in the meaning and origin of words. Learners should be encouraged to use drama approaches to understand how to perform plays and poems to support their understanding of the meaning. These activities also provide them with an incentive to find out what expression is required, so feeding into comprehension.
First Foundation and Key Stage 1 – Role play is used across the Curriculum to develop Learners understanding of social situations, roles and responsibilities and stories and poems.
Key Stage 2 – In English lessons drama is used to develop communication skills including body language and literary texts. It is also used to support cross curricular subjects through practical and immersive lessons.
Key Stage 3 – Learners access subject specific drama lessons and are given the opportunity to develop understanding of social situations, non verbal communication, settings and improvisation including props. They are supported to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.
Key Stage 4– Accreditation is followed from AQA unit awards at pre- entry to Level 1.
Key Stage 5 – Learners access a programme of vocational subjects including media.