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Drama Curriculum

Our Subject Vision

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At Temple Learning Academy we want our Drama Curriculum to expand our students creative thinking, creating a safe space to explore relevant and engaging material which inspires them to meet and exceed their practical potential. Through the exploration of carefully selected topics, students will master skills in teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, confidence, autonomy, tolerance and empathy. We want to explore all pathways within the industry offering students insight into a viable and exciting future within the arts and beyond.

Temple Learning Academy is lucky enough to have a brand-new purpose-built drama studio which is used and treated like a professional studio. Within this space students explore a wide range of plays, productions and use all they have learnt to develop their own plays that are driven by their own perspective about the world they are in and the world they would like to see.

Which qualifications do we offer at KS4?

Currently Y10 students are studying:

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Y11 students are study RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts 

(Acting Pathway)

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Where could this subject ultimately take you?

The Level 2 BTEC prepares students for the Level 3 course at college. Beyond college the script and devising work supports applications to conservatoires and universities. Typical performing arts jobs could be:

  • Actor:  Stage and Screen​
  • Director: Stage and Screen​
  • Designer (Sound, Lighting, Set, Costume, Props)​
  • Stage Manager​
  • Teacher/Lecturer​
  • Drama Therapist​
  • Community Arts Worker​
  • Producer: Stage and Screen​
  • Television Director​
  • Scriptwriter/Screenwriter

Transferable skills can take you to any other sector ranging from law to construction.

What enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities do we offer in Drama?

We offer a range of additional opportunities in Drama including a KS3 Drama Club twice a week, a KS4 Drama Club and a KS2 Drama Club. Outcomes include showcases and school productions. We are also launching a Technical Team who will support with lighting, sound, costume and set in our live productions.

What will students’ study in Drama?

Key Stage 3

Y7: The Y7 curriculum is built around the question “how do I tell a story on the stage?”. This covers Political Theatre, Social Drama, Greek Myths, Shakespeare Comedies, Gothic Theatre and Contrasting Characters. The assessment for the course will begin developing knowledge and skills in creating, performing and reviewing. In every lesson students will create and perform work to their peers, evaluating the strengths and next steps of both their own work the work of others.

Y8: The Y8 curriculum explores how we want to make our audience think and feel. We review this through both acting and design pathways. The course journeys through creating mood and atmosphere, social and political theatre, theatre practitioners and verbatim theatre. All this is delivered whilst carefully considering the impact we can make on an audience through choices in dramatic style and form. As with Y7, in every lesson students will create and perform work to their peers, evaluating the strengths and next steps of both their own work the work of others.

Y9: The KS3 curriculum concludes with exploring how we create theatre that communicates a message. This course focuses on students personalising the theatre they create so that their thoughts and opinions are shared with their target audience. The topics include naturalism vs non-naturalism, physical theatre, comedy, theatre practitioners, devising and social drama. Students regularly perform and evaluate their work, supporting the curriculum focus on creating impact on our audience.

Key Stage 4

Y10: The year 10 course begins with creating theatre inspired by the theatre of others. In the Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Award course students must study a minimum of three plays, the focus being the processes and practices that contribute to a range of performance styles. Students will practically explore physical theatre (Frantic Assembly), puppetry (War Horse) and verbatim theatre (Cookies). Through this work they will consider context, form, structure and will research the roles and responsibilities required in the theatre. Using a theme released by the exam board they will analyse and evaluate what the processes are for creating theatre. Alongside this they will begin scripted performances eventually selecting an acting or design pathway.

Y11: The year 11 students are completing the RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting Pathway). The first internal unit explored contemporary and classical theatre  which includes planning, performing and evaluating their work. The students study Romeo and Juliet and Blood Brothers. The external component is a theme released from the exam board where students devise their own original theatre. This process considers production planning, health and safety, the work of self and peers and evaluating skills post performance. At the centre of their planning is the theme and the creative intentions that they hope to share with their audience.

Temple Learning Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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