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Nottingham, NG2 7QY
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Drama

“I have come in order that you might have life - life in all it's fulness. John 10:10”
'In Drama our intention is to produce confident, creative and innovative Actors, Directors and Designers.

In Drama our curriculum ensures young people reflect on the world and society around them whilst equipping them with the necessary academic and practical skills our subject demands.'  Mr I Lund ~ Leader of Learning
Drama Curriculum Intent
Core Objectives
To be an exciting, energising and challenging subject which enriches students on both a personal and academic level.

To teach spiritual growth in synergy with academic and specific subject content so they are seen to be inextricably linked.

To continually conquer the educational and performance mountain ranges so future year groups and all staff can see the possibilities beyond.

To be valued as an academically rich subject and a vital part of the Catholic cultural tapestry in the Academy and wider OLOL Trust.

To provide parity of access to the subject at all levels.

To ensure that embedded and nuanced differentiation that stretches and challenges all learners to make progress academically and/or spiritually every lesson.

To ensure breadth of topic content study at all Key Stages.

To maintain consistently excellent forms of communication with all stakeholders in both a digital and face to face form.

For Drama to be intrinsically woven into the fabric of the curriculum at all schools within the Trust and for all students.
Key Principle 1 - Gospel Values
To embed the reflection of Gospel Values into ALL SoW at ALL Key Stages – differentiated for age groups and evidenced front and centre through ALL observations.

To enrich the spiritual side of young people’s personalities.

To examine the human condition from first and third person
perspectives on sociological issues in/outside of the classroom.

To provide a safe learning environment which nourishes the
spiritual development of every young person.

To ensure that all young people are particularly encouraged to further their exploration of Respect, Perseverance, Empathy, Honesty, Mercy, Equality, Justice, Peace, Love, Unity, Compassion, Hope, Commitment, Determination, Forgiveness, Integrity, Humility and Community, through the lenses of Actor, Director and Audience.
Key Principle 2 - Powerful Knowledge
To know the core ways in which to form character and engage theatrical techniques, in order to communicate intentions of both naturalistic and stylised forms of theatre.

To teach for creativity and innovation at all levels, forging learners who are unafraid to be wrong in the process of forming unique performances and interpretations, so that an exciting and thriving environment is formed.

To ensure there is provision for students to observe actors in other year groups performing regularly, resulting in best practice not only being accessible as a digital resource but allowing them to see the live form of the Art and be involved in Q/A. Empowering not only the actors but audience alike.

To foster a love and desire for learning and inquisitiveness which extends beyond the realm of the curriculum borders.

To empower students to interrogate script/topic material independently using the dramatic and theatrical skills base.

For students to acquire knowledge and skills not explicitly mapped in the syllabus but intrinsically embedded within Drama.

For students to intellectually challenge teaching staff in a process of joint learning, experimentation and discovery.

To implicitly advance sociological and political understanding.

To embed Google Classrooms as a tool for consolidation, exploration and reflection, both in and outside the classroom, leading to exponential knowledge growth and as a springboard for previously unconceived knowledge links.

To leave with a vision for the style of theatre they would like to practice within, which is a hybrid of the Practitioner and Performance influences to which they have been exposed.
Key Principle 3 - Enrichment
To ensure provision is in place for a vast and diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities, which occur on both a discrete key stage level, together with fully vertical projects to enrich the curricular experience.

To endeavour to provide opportunities for young people to perform on a variety of professional stages as part of Shadow Syndicate theatre company - recognising still, that the biggest performances can take place on the smallest stages.

To develop wider transferrable skills such as decision making, teamwork, mediation, creativity, innovation, confidence and resilience, therefore further enhancing their wider studies.

To provide trips to see theatre which are challenging and both within and outside the sphere of performance they would normally choose to watch – and for some, the chance to go to enrich their cultural capital.

To prepare and support students with auditions for outside theatre companies and Higher Educational establishments.

To foster and maintain links with former students establishing a positive and working alumni, that acts a beacon to inspire/aspire to, supporting and enriching sequential generations of young people.

To provide super curriculum opportunities which are open access, cross-curricular and reflective of the Catholic life of the Trust, where possible, linking intrinsically to the Chaplaincy work.

Mission for Drama
To watch and be part of live performances, to go through something together as a group, learning about them, laughing with them, helping them over good and bad times and sharing the intense moments of happiness and nervousness is how we
might describe the most precious moments of our lives; yet is precisely all those things you go through putting on a play or being part of a course of Drama.