Our department seeks to create well rounded, emotionally and academically successful students, equipped with the tools to become a positive member of society. We aim to blend an academic structure with a consistent pulse of personal development. In Drama, students will: devise, perform from a script, interpret, analyse and evaluate plays and live theatre. The drama department creates a space rich with the sharing of cultural capital. Individuality is championed as students develop their skills through collaboration and communication. Through the study of text, practitioners and the world around us, students become creative thinkers who are challenged, and encouraged to question and explore. This practice is rooted in the knowledge of our subject, past and present, giving students a well-rounded platform from which to develop. Students are given the opportunity to perform for their peers and outside audiences, these experiences generate growth in confidence and personal development, whilst also giving young people transferable skills for a successful future. We want to be able to give students a vocabulary to improve their communication with an audience, their peers and foster a relationship with the arts. The curriculum is supported with a variety of extra-curricular opportunities such as, theatre trips, clubs, LAMDA exams and school productions.
The curriculum content is chosen to be inclusive, inspiring and foundational to a pupil’s understanding of how drama portrays the world around them. The drama curriculum at The Charter School North Dulwich is sequenced to allow students to develop a deep understanding of theatre and plays that will provide them an appreciation later in life. They learn concepts that will enable them to build on their high functioning skills (e.g. management, adaptable thinking, planning and self-monitoring). Our curriculum and choice of plays allow us to cater for our diverse student body. We also try to address issues, with the choice of content that is important to our students' lives. At KS4 and KS5 students are regularly given the opportunity to go to the theatre. This experience enriches the lives of young people, builds cultural capital and increases their ability to succeed in drama at a higher level.