At Selly Park, we promote drama for pleasure, confidence, team building and personal, creative development through the life-enhancing process of the classic dramatic arts and disciplines. Recent research by Arts Council England points to the enhanced resourcefulness and problem-solving skills which drama practice also helps to develop. At Selly Park, we enthusiastically support and recognise these benefits and integrate them across the wider English, Drama and PSHEE curriculum. In addition to our formal classroom studies, all pupils are also able to participate in the popular, weekly, lunchtime ‘Performance Showcase’ club which leads to an annual, all-school performance of dance, drama, poetry and associated arts.
At Selly Park, we like to give our pupils the chance to ‘stand out in a crowd’. Therefore, the core of our drama curriculum is about becoming competent and sensitive communicators. To be able to create dramatic performances and. To demonstrate high levels of discipline, compassion for others as well as outstanding listening skills and confidence.
Our drama curriculum builds on what has previously been taught and learnt. Pupils have the chance to revisit skills, to strengthen them and build on them in terms of sophistication and depth of understanding.
Alongside this curriculum work, year 8 and 9 pupils get to work with professionals from the Hippodrome throughout the year. This work accumulates in Christmas and Summer showcases at School, but most importantly many get to perform on the main stage at the Hippodrome theatre.
Click the table below to view the PDF version.
In years 7, 8 and 9 students have drama for three of the six half terms of the school year. Throughout this time, students are introduced to classic and core drama skills and techniques which they then apply to their performance work. Drama is also supported through the English curriculum and within all whole school group work reflecting on Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural matters which concern and positively animate our pupils.
Our Key Stage 3 schemes explore many of the essential dramatic genres including Greek Theatre, Melodrama, Pantomime, Physical theatre and dance. We also take every opportunity to make cross-curricular links with other subjects and have recently invited theatre in education companies including Loudmouth Theatre.