Our Drama curriculum at Lutterworth College is centred around the key skills Drama provides for the wider development of our students. We call these the 5Cs of Drama – Confidence, Communication, Co-operation, Commitment and Concentration. Students are able to use these skills in the study of a variety of themes, performances, practitioners and texts. In KS3 we lay the foundation towards developing exceptional performance skills which students go on to demonstrate in both devised and scripted performances throughout GCSE and Post 16. Our students take inspiration from advanced techniques through practitioner workshops with a keen focus on ensemble and choral work. Whilst an ability to work effectively as an ensemble is imperative to any Theatre company, we promote stretch and challenge through leadership roles in both performance and production. As they respond to various themes throughout the practical elements of each key stage, students demonstrate their ability to interpret text including contextual influences as well as how they will effectively communicate their interpretation and vision in performance.
We work alongside our Church of England CHRIST values to enrich how our students experience Dance, preparing them for a life outside of education. Students are able to demonstrate these values at various points across all years in the following ways:
- Being Courageous in the way they perform in front of their peers and contribute during discussions, practical explorations and devising tasks.
- Being Hardworking in the way they approach challenging practical and theoretical tasks
- Being Reflective in self-assessment and their Directed Improvement Reflection Time (DIRT)
- Being Inspirational through devised and creative tasks and the skills they demonstrate in live performance.
- Being Supportive during group working activities and peer assessment tasks
- Being Tenacious in exploring themes that challenge their way of thinking and creativity
Key Stage 3
Drama at Key Stage 3 aims to not only prepare students for further study at GCSE level but also provides opportunities for the development of leadership, team working, problem-solving and resilience; skills that are essential for living in the wider world. Drama and Dance are studied on a rotation that changes every half term. In Drama we begin by developing fundamental vocal and physical skills through various explorative devises. Skills for performance is a key strand throughout the whole of Key Stage 3 and students are given the opportunity to perform and develop their confidence skills throughout each lesson. Peer and self-assessment activities are part of every lesson, enabling students to develop critical analysis skills whilst also learning how to effectively and mindfully deliver feedback to peers. Our growth mindset approach to learning means that the emphasis is always on how we use feedback for improvement, focussing on the learning journey to develop confidence and resilience.
Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
Our GCSE and Post 16 Drama students are introduced to key practitioners across various styles to broaden their knowledge and enhance their ability to develop creative and original content in their devised and scripted work. From ensemble and abstract styles through practitioners such as Frantic Assembly, DV8 and Artaud, to more conventional explorative strategies from the likes of Stanislavski and Meisner, our practitioner workshops allow students to experience a varied approach to Drama. Our students work hard to meet the requirements of their roles through detailed research into mature themes and various contextual factors to develop more accomplished roles in performance. These well developed and accomplished roles are realised at various milestones throughout both courses, most notably in the performance exams which take place in Year 11, where students perform for a visiting examiner, and at the end of Year 13, with a full scale performance delivered by out BTEC Performing Arts Theatre Company. The theoretical aspects of both key stages, allow students to take an analytical and evaluative approach to theatre whilst realising the importance of understanding the factors that influence professional theatre.