Grow in Confidence; Explore Personal Identity; Develop Performance Skill

We work to develop student confidence, identity and performance skill.  Offering a workshop-based curriculum based on a balance of based text-based and improvised work, the St Sampson’s High School Drama Department encourages students to work together towards crafted performance.  Drama is uniquely placed to support the elements of learning which are so essential to employability, especially in today’s rapidly changing world:  team work, creativity, independence, reflection, critical thinking, and resilience. We are fully supportive of the Big Picture Curriculum.

Year 7

  • Learning the craft: Essential skills and conventions
  • Haunted House: Developing the ‘Elements of Learning’ through an exploration of genre
  • Sustained improvisation and role play
  • Performance Skills

Year 8

  • Staging Social Justice: Applied theatre forms
  • Development of skills and use of conventions: Text based performance project
  • Development of skills and use of conventions: Devised performance project
  • Set Text

Year 9

  • GCSE bridging units:
    • Component 1: Understanding Drama. Characteristics of performance texts and dramatic works
    • Component 2: Devising Drama. Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning in a devised performance
    • Texts in Practice: Interpret texts, create and communicate meaning, realise artistic intention in text based drama