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Wonder Secondary Drama

Wonder Secondary Drama
Curriculum taught at:

Our vision

We believe that students should have access to a broad and ambitious Drama curriculum, which embeds skills and knowledge of the theatre and performance process, which allows them to develop a love of the performance arts.

Skilled Through development of classical and contemporary performance skills we will ensure pupils are prepared for the many requirements of group work, presentation and performance that are essential for success in the wider world and the world of theatre and performance.
Committed Though challenging and rewarding practical performance, organisational aspects and meeting performance deadlines we will produce pupils who see the value in creative expression and understand and are able to articulate their own emotions in an effective and mature manner.
Knowledgeable Through exploration of a range of different texts from ancient Greek tragedy to modern contemporary performance we aim to offer a fascinating and challenging menu of content to develop pupils interdisciplinary knowledge.

Drama Curriculum

Our drama curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • develop core transferable skills that underpin successful drama.
  • devise creative and imaginative performance.
  • apply a range of conventions and styles to structure innovative performance.
  • interpret and perform a range of existing scripts applying their own artistic vision.
  • develop written evaluative skills embedded with subject specific language.
  • appreciate live performance.
  • participate in a range of performance genres, through performance and technical support.
  • design imaginative set, costume, music, lights, make up and props to enhance performance.
  • understand the process of planning, rehearsing and reviewing performance.
  • in talk, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of topics and issues clearly, confidently and respectfully.
  • develop their individual character, including their confidence, resilience and independence contributing positively to the life of the school.
  • explore contemporary issues, in a safe and environment empathise and engage with others outside their own social, cultural and historical setting.
Our Teaching

Our pedagogy is underpinned by a rigorous, systematic and well-structured approach to the teaching of performance. Use of teacher modelling, and the use of challenging modern and classic texts. A range of strategies to develop innovative and imaginative performance. Constant support and feedback for both written and practical work. Opportunities for students to act upon feedback and improve and redraft work.

We will enrich our curriculum by establishing cross curricular links. Providing suitable, regular theatre visits. Encouraging students to support and contribute to the department and the wider school. Producing shows for public audience, through GCSE showcase evenings and whole school productions. Participate in performance opportunities out of school where possible and workshops with drama practitioners.

Our curriculum will enable students to learn in a sequential and progressive structure. Develop new skills through a range of different contexts to engage them. Understand what they need to do to improve. Feel valued and respected for their contribution. Develop a deeper understanding of British values. To explore and develop their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding.

How families can support

Encouraging pupils to attend extra rehearsals.
• Supporting theatre visits organised by the school.
• Encourage and promote home learning and additional research to support their learning.

Sequencing and Assessment

Drama GCSE pupils learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. Pupils will gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds for pupils of Drama GCSE, they emerge with a tool kit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and the workplace.



Pupils will:

• Develop confidence and performance skills.
• Learn about a range of influential plays, playwrights, directors and practitioners.
• Understand new concepts and ways of presenting Drama through a variety of performance styles and techniques.
• Develop their imagination, creativity, problem-solving, communication and analytical skills.
• Acquire reflective and evaluative skills.
• Work collaboratively and creatively.