Drama is an exciting, engaging and dynamic subject. Throughout a student’s time at Netherhall, they will focus on the making, performing and evaluation process of Drama that is supplied by the department or created by them. The curriculum is designed to challenge pupils throughout their time in the subject. While the focus of most lessons will be on the creation and performance of Drama – even learning the basic skills of the Actor – there is also a wide use of written work, observation and discussion topics. Units of work in Drama can be as diverse as the plays of Shakespeare, Acting for film and Theatre History. All students at all levels have the opportunity to perform in a friendly, creative and supportive environment, either in the Drama Studio or onstage in our purpose built performance Hall.
Drama at Key Stage 3
On entry to the school, Year 7 students will participate in an extended unit of work that aims to teach each student the basic skills of the Actor, the language of Drama and a wider appreciation of Theatre and performance work. As a student progresses through Year 7 and up into Year 9 they are given more challenging and technically difficult pieces of Drama to work with. This includes a wide range of scripted material – beginning with simple One Act Plays, to classic and contemporary plays that deal with social and personal Themes and Issues. Assessment during this time is made whenever a student engages in the making of Drama (rehearsing, devising), Performing Drama and Responding to Drama (writing an evaluation, scripting a play). The Drama department at Netherhall uses the guidelines provided by The Arts Council For England to make these assessments.
Drama at Key Stage 4
Students who choose to continue their studies in Drama during Year 10 and 11 will participate in the OCR GCSE Drama exam. This is a two year course which is nationally recognised as a robust and meaningful Drama qualification. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in Actor Training, Devising Plays, Performing Scripts, studying Musical Theatre and deepen their overall understanding of the performing world around them.
Cross Curricular Opportunities
The Drama department is a vital part of school life. All students, in all year groups and of any ability are welcome to participate in the wide number of activities that are available to them. As well as a weekly Drama club, there are performances that are staged for the Open Evenings, Winter and Summer performances, The Arts Festival, Theatre Visits, and workshops.
Once a year, all pupils and students are invited to participate in the School Musical. Netherhall has a proud and successful tradition of staging outstanding musicals; The Sound Of Music, Hairspray and We Will Rock You, have been exceptional.