Creative Arts - Drama

Drama Department – Subject Aims

The Drama department at HACA believes that Drama has a unique role to play within a broad and balanced curriculum. The subject is delivered in a manner which allows pupils to creatively express themselves as well as learning communication, and problem solving skills which are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Drama as a subject has its own history and body of work, much of which has a unique and important place in our cultural life. In common with other subjects, it requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding which are progressively taught and assessed through and across the key stages. The departments schemes of work are built around teaching, conventions / approaches to Drama and giving students opportunity to develop their skills in the use of voice, physicality and space. 

Extra Curriculum Activities

The department prides itself on the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities on offer. Students of any age and ability are actively encouraged to participate, and are able to work alongside the departments professionally trained actors, directors and choreographers.

These activities are designed to develop further the skills and learning offered during the normal working day and to extend students’ performance skills, through the opportunity to be involved in regular performance and stagecraft projects.

As well as developing their practical skills students are also able to express themselves and are encouraged to improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Extra-Curricular Groups: Ks3 drama club, circus skills, stage combat, coursework and practical support sessions, audition master classes. Connections theatre project, as well as preparing the main academy productions.

KS3 Subject Information

Year 7 Units of Learning:

Introduction to Drama Skills, Dark Wood Manor, Soap Opera, World Theatre, Revolting Rhymes and work based on a selected script. (Students are also involved in a Combined Arts project based on Musicals)

Year 8 Units of Learning:

Confidence and Performing, Genre, Commedia, Myths and Urban Legends, Hamlet, (Students are also involved in a Combined Arts project based on Media and Advertising)

Year 9 Units of learning:

Blood Brothers, Documentary Theatre, Acting Skills, (Students are also involved in a Combined Arts project based on Horror)

KS4 Drama - Subject Information

EDEXCEL GCSE Drama

Units include Solo Performance, Ensemble performance, Devising and script based work.

Students develop a series of pieces of coursework based on their practical work.

Students are also required to view a live piece of theatre and complete an in-depth play review

Students also take part in an externally assessed final group performance.