Head of Drama

Mrs A Casey – acasey@ndonline.org
 

Aims

The foundation of Drama at Notre Dame School is built on the relationship and understanding between student and teacher in an environment where caring, tolerance, listening and respect for each other are inherent elements. This creates a safe, enjoyable and secure classroom that does not threaten or expose the student. Young people are valued as individuals whose responses, based on what they know and understand, will form the basis of the work.
 
Drama provides the opportunity for students to be involved in a collective, interactive activity. It offers the perfect backdrop to develop and nurture students understanding and practice of their individual learning styles. It is never unusual to see visual, aural and kinaesthetic learners practising their own preferred style within the context of a single lesson.

In Drama we aim to help each pupil to:

  • Gain an understanding of themselves, other people and the world around them
  • Develop respect for themselves and others
  • Develop an understanding of issue-based drama and theatre skills
  • Think autonomously
  • Understand and practise individual learning styles
  • Develop social skills
  • Develop self-confidence and esteem
  • Reflect and evaluate on the drama in order to deepen learning
  • Develop skills required for examination courses at GCSE/A Level
  • Develop an appreciation of Drama as an art form.

 

Curriculum

Drama at Notre Dame, although a subject in its own right, is closely linked with the English curriculum. The Drama curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4 supports the speaking and listening requirements that are specified in the document English: The National Curriculum for England
 
At KS4 we offer GCSE Drama and at A Level we offer Drama and Theatre Studies. We are very proud of our history as a Drama department to equal some of the best results nationally for GCSE and A Level. We consistently achieve some of the highest exam results in the city of Plymouth.

 

Assessment

For overall assessment purposes the department uses the Arts Council levels for secondary Drama. These levels make up the foundation for assessment at KS3.