Modern Drama teaching is a
holistic process and champions the need for students to develop strong
communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
The Dramatic process
requires students to think creatively; form and express opinions, while offering
them a chance to develop leadership and group management skills.
Students study Drama from
Years 7 to 9 and are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. The Drama Department
teaches a broad spectrum of methodologies through a topic based curriculum. These
topics are separated into Cultural, Issue/PSHE based and Historical
themes. For the most part, the
students engage in Improvisation - devising original pieces of work in small,
mixed groups in response to a core stimulus or starting point. “Improvisation”, as the Edexcel
syllabus says, “is the core to the whole subject” . At regular intervals the
students will also have the opportunity to study published plays, including
aspects of Shakespeare.
Students may choose to take
GCSE Drama at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and we also offer full A Level
courses in Drama and in Theatre Studies.
We follow the Edexcel syllabus in both subjects.
As well as following the
core curriculum for Drama, the Alice Smith School Drama department also offers
extra opportunities to extend the able and provide greater breadth to the
students’ experiences of theatre. We organize trips to the theatre, both
locally and abroad; provide performing and technical theatre experience with
our large scale school productions; we attend annual SEASAC arts festivals;
have close ties with local performing arts academies at Enfiniti Academi and
the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and we have very close ties with the
internationally acclaimed British theatre company “Frantic Assembly” who hold a
week long residency at the school every year.