The department has one full time subject specialist Drama teacher – Mrs H Hart (Curriculum Coordinator).
What do we teach?
Drama is taught to all teaching groups in Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 students have Performing Arts and will pursue either an Arts Award or an NCFE Performance Skills qualification. At Key Stage 5 all students who remain in our Extended Education department are taught Drama as part of an Expressive Arts Carousel.
The KS3 Drama curriculum at Elms Bank has been developed to build upon existing skills and develop a whole range of new ones. Students have the opportunity to work in pairs, teams and individually on a range of topics that cover many other curriculum areas. From developing group and performance skills in Year 7, experiencing life as an Evacuee of WW2 in Year 8 through to Myths and Legends in Year 9, to name just a few! Our lessons are practical-based and our schemes of work aim to interest and provide all students with engaging activities that also help to develop basic skills and theatrical skills.
At Key Stage 4 we follow the Arts Award and NCFE qualifications in Performance Skills, which combine Drama and Music together. These specifications include devised and scripted performances, leading activities and workshops, theatre reviews, evaluating own work and creating music from around the world. This culminates in a fantastic portfolio and evidence of the skills that the students can take on to further education with them.
Drama for Complex Needs Students
All of our complex needs groups have one hour of Drama every week and we cover a wide-range of topics and themes such as Pirates, Fairytales and Space. Every lesson is sensory based and we have a variety of props, puppets, textures, lights, smells, music, singing and stories to explore and engage the students.
Events in the Drama Department include:
Workshops and performances by Theatre groups visiting the school
After school Drama club
Annual School productions
Links with local primary and secondary schools for collaborative work
Drama continues to thrive at Elms Bank with our most recent musical success “Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies”. Every pupil in the school was involved in some way through performance, props and scenery, marketing, box office, photography and filming. This was a real whole school team effort and our best show yet!
Every two years we take part in The Shakespeare School's Festival. So far we have performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and we are just about to showcase our version of Romeo and Juliet at the Met Theatre, Bury in November with Year 8.
“Your cast achieved something very special on that stage, pulling at the heartstrings of every single member of the audience. Your production was magical, whimsical and beautiful and also showcased the wonderful talent you have in your school…”
Alanna Beeken, Shakespeare Festival Coordinator.