The Drama Department at Lawn Manor Academy is a busy and exciting, with a vibrant curriculum.
The ethos of the Drama department is to develop the confidence and language skills of all pupils. It nurtures within pupils a lifelong passion for and appreciation of the Arts, as both participants and discriminating audience members. It stimulates creativity and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It helps pupils to understand themselves and relate to others.
A key focus of our work is to raise levels of self-esteem and confidence in all pupils through the increased opportunities to perform and participate in arts-based activities. Emphasis is placed on everyone being able to concentrate fully within a creative and expressive environment, where we will share ideas and learn together.
The department concentrates on learning through drama and a variety of topics are covered linked to other subjects such as English. However, we also include some focus on performance, which is developed beyond normal school hours, when pupils could have the opportunity to take part in school productions and Drama Clubs run by the department.
We have a dedicated drama studio with stage lighting and sound facilities.
Pupils could have the opportunities to join extra-curricular drama clubs and enjoy the experience of seeing live theatre. We are also excited about exploring the talents of our pupils in future whole school productions.
Lessons for years 7 and 8 run once a week and are currently within the Expressive Arts and the curriculum is designed to equip pupils with an experience of using a variety of theatrical convections and design elements through a range of topics and issues.
Year 7 Year 8
Physical skills Fame
Storytelling Crime & Punishment
Play text – Our Day Out Devised – Social Media
Peer Pressure Play text – Blood Brothers
All topics are assessed through both written an practical elements of the creation, performing and responding process.
Drama lessons for year Key Stage 4 are currently taught three times a week. Year 9 is an exciting time as there are opportunities to enhance skills learnt at Key Stage 3 and to learn new ones, for example, Physical Theatre, Theatre Analysis and Theatre Practitioners.
In year 10 and 11 we develop work on devised and scripted pieces for the GCSE course. Some of the plays that have been studied are Blood Brothers, Teechers, Bouncers and DNA. The devised work will focus upon a topic. We have created pieces on the themes of Identity, Consequences and Equality. Throughout the whole of Key Stage 4 exam techniques for the Set text and Live Theatre written exam is developed and refined.
We have a dedicated drama studio and a further drama room with stage lighting and sound facilities.