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What is my child learning?
The drama curriculum at Lawnswood is open and varied and subject to change depending on the class. Over their two year drama curriculum they are taught; how to act, a variety of different theatrical styles and techniques and their social, historical context, history of drama and Greek Theatre. Also, Victorian Melodrama, the story of Oliver Twist and a deep and robust exploration of one Shakespeare play and a variety of approaches to making theatre.
How can they become brilliant at it?
Drama requires dedication to become brilliant and we challenge learners to learn more, stretch themselves further or try a new technique. We teach a varied KS3 programme so students finish with an excellent bank of knowledge and skills in this subject but if you want to take it further perhaps join drama club at school or a youth theatre company outside of school. Practice drama techniques with your friends and family and come visit the drama department for extra learning resources.
How can we help at home?
Be supportive, ask questions, take your child to the theatre if possible, be helpful when children need to perhaps bring an object or item of clothing in to help with the class, come see our concerts, donate some old clothes or household items to our wardrobe and prop store, encourage them to be brave and try something different even if they are not sure or feel nervous.
What if they are struggling or not enjoying the subject?
It is rare that a Lawnswood student doesn’t enjoy drama. Some are nervous at the beginning of Year 7 but soon warm up to the idea that this is an active and fun subject where everyone can achieve great results. My door is always open and children are welcome to come and talk to me if they are finding it hard to adjust to a new way of learning. I can alter the topic or adjust the working groups if necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries or concerns.
My child doesn’t like drama, why do they have to take part in the lesson?
At Lawnswood School we have high expectations of every pupil and they must participate fully in every activity they are presented with. We understand that some pupils are hesitant when it comes to drama activities and our staff are sensitive to nervous and reluctant children. We are not an acting school and do not expect children to be singing and dancing on their first day: the drama department’s priority is to embed confidence and knowledge so children can use these skills in other subjects.
Drama doesn’t seem to be on the National Curriculum, why do you teach it in KS3?
At Lawnswood School we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a rich and varied curriculum to our students and preparing them for adult life. In Drama we play out real life situations, discuss contemporary and historical problems and focus on ensuring your child develops a world view. Children develop knowledge of History, Geography, English, Philosophy, Religion, Drama, Literature, Poetry and Art. Children become robust and brave individuals who can adapt to a range of social or school based situations. Children work creatively, in dependently, as a team, logistically and fairly. They are rarely sat down in lesson and are actively learning in a professional studio. It is a curriculum enhancing subject and can lead to excellent job prospects in the arts.
Can my child use Drama to get a job?
Yes! Of course they can. Below are some stats from the arts council to help you understand the power of the creative arts.
·The arts industry is estimated to support an aggregate 260,300 full‐time equivalent jobs or 1.1 per cent of total UK employment
·The arts and culture industry pays nearly five per cent more than the UK median salary of £26,095, thereby making a positive contribution to average household earnings
·The arts and cultural sector accounts for approximately 0.4 per cent of UK GDP and 0.4 per cent of GVA in England.
·Businesses in the UK arts and culture industry generated an aggregate turnover of £12.4 billion
·Arts and culture also plays an important role in supporting research activities, with many having officially recognised research status and working with universities to supervise research degrees.