Head of Department: MISS K SMITH
The aim of Drama at Thorpe
The aim of the Drama department is to equip pupils with the confidence to speak in public and the ability to do it well. To achieve this we expose pupils to a wide variety of stimuli including play scripts, live theatre and dramatic techniques in order give all pupils a basic understanding of the components that make up live theatre and encourage pupils to express themselves through visual arts.
- develop critical awareness
- enable pupils to understand the social context of their work
- extend pupils’ engagement with drama as an expression of culture
- give pupils a practical understanding of the craft of drama
- extend pupils’ awareness of the historical influences on the world they live in
- develop pupils’ confidence to present before an audience
- allow pupils to explore ideas and situations to develop a better understanding of themselves, others, and the immediate and wider world (cultural, social and historical)
- improvise on the central themes of a stimulus so as to gain more insight into its dramatic potential and explore its thematic ideas
- introduce pupils to a range of dramatic texts and forms and encourage an interpretation of them
- introduce different performance styles and match these to studied texts
- help pupils understand the cultural and historical origins and performance of drama
- review how pupils’ own explorations of ideas in drama match those of other practitioners and commentators
- experiment with different ways of performing and recording drama
- teach pupils to speak and move with fluency and clarity of intention whilst they work towards a formal presentation.
- teach pupils how to respond critically to written plays and to both live and recorded performances from a variety of cultures, genres, and styles.