Drama curriculum overview

Drama is highly valued at BSKL. Throughout their time in school, students will watch and participate in live performances. Whole year group performances, class assemblies, and the annual Spanish assembly and Chinese New Year celebration are opportunities for all students to develop their confidence in a public forum. In the Secondary school, Drama is taught as a discrete subject from Years 7-9 and is offered as an examination subject at GCSE and A Level. BSKL also runs a successful Creating Confident Speakers programme, designed to help pupils become familiar with speaking and debating in front of an audience, and our whole school productions contribute to fostering a strong sense of community within the school.

Early Years and Primary School
Within Early Years and Primary school, children use a combination of English, Art, Music, Dance and Drama to develop their creative talents and imagination. Drama and role-play helps them develop skills such as creativity, enquiry, communication, empathy and self-confidence. Students also take part in school assemblies and whole school productions.

Secondary School
As students move into the Secondary school, Drama follows a more structured approach and is delivered as a discrete subject by a Drama specialist. In Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3) pupils receive one hour of Drama per week. In these lessons they learn specific skills, linked to historical and cultural contexts, to prepare them to become performers, critics, makers and listeners of the future. Students are assessed in their creation, performance and evaluation of their work.

From July 2017, all students in Year 8 will experience performing in public. Work will be rehearsed during lesson time and performed after school to an invited audience of parents and friends. (The performances will be assessed in the same way as others completed throughout Key Stage 3).

In Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4), students have the option to study the Cambridge IGCSE. The two-year course comprises 60% practical coursework and a 40% written examination.

You can view the curriculum structures here:
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) 
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)

At Sixth Form, we offer the Edexcel A Level course.

Whole School
As well as following the core curriculum for Drama, the school also puts on additional theatre productions as part of the extra-curricular programme, involving students from various year groups.