The Drama Department at Churchfields 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 students. It nurtures within students a lifelong passion for and appreciation of the Arts, as both participants and discriminating audiences. It stimulates creativity and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It helps students to understand themselves and relate to others.
A key focus of our work is to raise levels of self-esteem and confidence in all students 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.
Lessons for years 7 and 8 run once a week and are currently within the English timetable which means some of the lessons are taught by trained members of the English department. We have looked at various topics; Time, Heroes and Villains and Our World in year 7 and Thrills and Chills, Crime and Detection and Culture and Gender in year 8. The topics consist of a variety of units; Peter Pan, Stage Combat, The Rainforest, The Outsider, Being in Someone Else’s Shoes all of which are taught in mixed ability groups.
Drama lessons for year 9 are currently taught 4 times a week and years 10 and 11 have three lessons. 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, Mime, Commedia and Improvisation which can be used when exploring the work of some of the theatre practitioners (Stanislavski, Brecht, Boal etc.).
In year 10 we begin to 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 Magic, Disability, Social Issues and Consequences.
We have a dedicated drama studio and a further drama room with stage lighting and sound facilities.
Students could have the opportunities to join extra-curricular drama clubs, enjoy the experience of seeing live theatre (we have seen ‘Sister Act’ directed by our own Mr Russell Langdown, ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘This Secret Life’). We are excited about exploring the talents of our students in future whole school productions.