Purpose of study

Drama provides students with a solid foundation in creative, practical and performance skills. It is important for students to engage in and actively explore a wide range of activities that are stimulating and creative, drawing from a variety of situations and contexts that they can relate to.

Drama encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and become effective and independent learners. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, drama provides a solid foundation for further drama studies at GCSE and vocational opportunities.


Drama help students to develop their:

  • knowledge and understanding of style, genre and social context
  • performance techniques – interpretation, improvisation, voice, physicality, stage relationships with others
  • design skills – interpretation, visual and design impacts and the use of scenic devices
  • technical abilities – lighting, sound, technology and appropriate equipment
  • practical skills - from making masks and puppets to make-up
  • collaboration and communication skills
  • enquiring and reflective minds
  • independent thinking and working

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.