Ms N Simpson (Leader of Learning)
Miss D Reynolds
KS3 Drama Vision Statement
At Key Stage 3, The Drama Department aims to support the school’s vision that every student should strive to be the best they can be, by building up their self-confidence, self-esteem and ambition. It is our belief that it is an understanding of, and empathy for, other people’s feelings and situations that makes us form positive relationships and provide an understanding of the world in which we live. The Drama Department aims to provide all students with the emotional intelligence necessary to ensure they become positive contributors to our society. The Department’s diverse and engaging curriculum allows all students to build their confidence and knowledge as well as develop their speaking and listening skills, benefitting students in whatever choices they make. The Drama Department encourages students to explore and take risks as well as developing a sense of responsibility thereby becoming independent learners. We want our pupils to feel good about their successes, yet they should also know that it is perfectly reasonable not to be a success – yet. The key here is that we give our students the resilience to keep trying. It is our aim that pupils will leave our leave school with ambition, positive self-esteem and air of confidence that will equip them for the demands of the world of work.
In addition in to the above, students in Year 10 will also be guided in the skills they need to develop should they choose to pursue Drama in Key Stage 4.
At the Belfast Model School for Girls Drama is seen as both an art form in its own right, and as a learning medium which has application across the whole curriculum.
Currently Drama is taught in Years 8, 9 and 10 for one hour per week and students can also choose to study Drama as a GCSE and A-Level subject. After school Drama clubs are available to students of all ages to supplement curriculum time, build on skills or just to have fun!
Drama at Key Stage 3 is all about putting yourself into other people’s shoes – by taking on roles and enacting situations the students can gain a unique understanding of a range of issues and situations from a personal point of view. Some of the topics covered are Friendship, Homelessness, Body Image and Peer Pressure.
During Key Stage 3 the emphasis is on content, although students will also be learning Drama Skills such as Use of Voice, Posture, Gesture, Body Language and Movement. Empathy, confidence, and good communication skills are promoted throughout the course.
At Key Stage 4 the emphasis shifts slightly and students are trained in the art of performance. Choosing Drama as a GCSE option is not just for students who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts – this course is an excellent basis for any career that demands team work, communication skills, empathy and confidence.
The GCSE course (CCEA) comprises two units:
Unit 1: Understanding Drama: This is an externally assessed written examination based on the study of a set text and a scripted performance.
Unit 2: Drama Performance: This is practical Drama assessed by two controlled tasks, the first being a scripted performance, the second being a devised performance.
Students studying GCSE and A-Level Drama will also have the opportunity to visit theatres in Belfast to see performances, and theatre companies and performers will come into school, making use of our state of the art Performing Arts Theatre.
The Drama Studio is equipped with lighting rig, sound facilities and 360 degree cyclorama.