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The Belvedere Academy

Drama

As a department, we provide the highest quality Drama and Theatre education. We pride ourselves on the fact that we listen, develop and improve. We do this through pupils voices and understanding of curriculum developments, research, pedagogy and reflection. Though we are proud that drama is unique in its pedagogy, we remain firm on the fact that Drama at The Belvedere Academy is an academic subject which harnesses holistic development and the hidden curriculum. We believe in a knowledge and skills rich curriculum. We teach, plan and prepare our pupils to achieve academic greatness, with high expectations and ambitions for all, where ALL pupils make excellent levels of progress. We are proud that this is quantified in our examination and assessment results. Our curriculum intends to prepare our pupils for life beyond the academy. Our curriculum intent is one that empowers confident, collaborative, reflective, driven people with grit, perseverance and passion. Our academic success is a byproduct of a wider goal. 

Drama and Theatre at The Belvedere Academy is not a soft subject populating soft skills. Our curriculum intent is to systematically embed knowledge and skills, successfully sequenced, whilst enabling all learners to hit the milestones of age related expectations. We are proud of our three year Key Stage Three model that allows learners to engage in a rich, comprehensive curriculum, which ensures all learners have the knowledge and skills to progress onto Key Stage Four. We are passionate that each key stage is not a watered down version of the latter, but a curriculum of knowledge and skills which sit age-appropriately in silo to one another.

The Department

The Drama department is a loud and proud department, where staff thrive on the opportunity to enable pupils to learn, and provide a platform to showcase each and every pupil's talent. We are an inclusive department where each year, through a calendar of whole school events such as the Drama Festival and academy productions, we showcase the skills of all pupils, providing opportunities for all pupils to take the stage. The teachers in the Drama Department are passionate about their subject, and their pupils, and endeavor to create a culture of openness and equality, and believe that learning and engagement should be dovetailed with fun and enjoyment. We thrive on the fact that: together we achieve more. This is evidenced by our desire to upskill our pupils in areas like production design and tech, allowing us to achieve full scale productions from our home grown talent. We are thrilled that our pupils have gone onto great things, from Drama School to stage to big screen, but we know that regardless of aspirations, all of our pupils take their experiences of Drama with them upon leaving the academy.

Curriculum Related Expectations

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview - Drama

Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Overview - Drama

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Baseline Assessment and Year 12 Skills and Knowledge GCSE Devising Unit (40%)

Half Terms

3 & 4

GCSE Devising Unit (40%)

GCSE Devising Unit (40%)

Half Terms

5 & 6

GCSE Devising Unit (40%)

Texts in Practice (20%)

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Texts in Practice (20%) Texts in Practice (20%)

Half Terms

3 & 4

Written Examination: Antigone/ King Lear/ Caucasian Chalk Circle

Written Examination: Antigone/ King Lear/ Caucasian Chalk Circle

Half Terms

5 & 6

Written Examination: Antigone/ King Lear/ Caucasian Chalk Circle

Written Examination: Antigone/ King Lear/ Caucasian Chalk Circle

 

Enrichment

The Drama Festival

Academy Production

Senior Writers Group

Drama Games Club

Live Theatre Club

Theatre Club

Trips

Local and National Theatre Trips

Participation in festivals

Staffing

Mrs L. Calderbank - Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Head of Textiles and Art, Teacher of PSHE

Mrs M. Rimmer - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Mrs C. Sadler - Subject Leader of Drama

Miss C. Richens - Teacher of Drama 

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