In Haughton School during Key Stage 3 students study drama for one hour a week in Year 8 and Year 9. Many of the topics that we teach the students are based around issues, such as bullying and homelessness.

By using issues that the students are familiar with helps them put the work into context and gives them a greater understanding of the work they complete. Through the issue based topics we also explore emotions that these situations may present and use them to help students develop their own characters. As well as looking at a range of emotions in the work we do we also explore lots of different drama techniques such as freeze frames, improvisation and hot-seating.

At Key Stage 4 we are currently teaching a B-Tec in Acting which gives the students lots of opportunity to do lots of practical work which result in regular assessed performances. However the qualifications we deliver at Key Stage 4 can change in order to meet the students’ needs and abilities.

We have some excellent facilities in drama including two dedicated drama studios, a performance hall and access to a fantastic television studio equipped with a blue and 3D screen. This is a resource that few other schools have and is something that we are aiming to use more and more in the work that we do with students both in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

C Taylor

Teacher of Drama