At Hillsview Academy, we aim to give all students the opportunity to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Drama lessons are focussed upon the development of core skills in effective communication, organisation and confident leadership.

Students are taught to be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. Students are given excellent opportunities to creatively improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.

  • Role-play and other drama techniques are used within lessons to help pupils to identify with and explore characters. In these ways, they extend their understanding of what they read and have opportunities to try out the language they have listened to.
  • Drama and role-play can contribute to the quality of student’s writing by providing opportunities for pupils to develop and order their ideas through playing roles and improvising scenes in various settings.
  • Throughout Key Stage 3, students become more familiar with and confident in using subject specific vocabulary
  • Reading, re-reading, and rehearsing poems and plays for presentation and performance give pupils opportunities to discuss language, including vocabulary, extending their interest in the meaning and origin of words. Pupils, in lessons, are encouraged to use drama approaches to understand how to perform plays and poems to support their understanding of the meaning.

In Drama, students are taught to apply a range of reasoning and thinking skills to devise, structure and resolve situations and scenarios which have been presented to them in a drama situation. As acting is a main strand of Drama, lessons are focused on developing the skills of voice, movement, gesture and facial expression in their development of character when working in role. Students are given opportunities to devise, structure and develop both spontaneous and polished improvisation using a range of stimulus materials including text and multimedia. Through improvisation, acting, hot seating, thought tracking and conscience alley, students are given opportunities to develop their work into solo and group script format. Tableaux, freeze frames, mime, dance, props, costumes and projections are used in lessons to reflect feeling, mood and attitude and help students to communicate their ideas effectively.

KS4 - BTEC Performing Arts

The BTEC Performing Arts course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed. The three-block structure; explore, develop and apply, allows our students to build on and embed their knowledge gained at Key Stage 3. This allows our students to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned as part of their qualification. The BTEC assessment structure is also designed so that our students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course. The BTEC First Award in Performing Arts has been selected by Hillsview Academy to enable our students to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4.

Our BTEC Performing Arts qualification:

● encourages personal development through practical participation and performance

● gives our students a wider understanding and appreciation of performing arts

● provides our students with the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, and, in due course, to progress to employment in the performing arts sector

● gives our students the opportunity to progress to general qualifications, such as the Pearson GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies

● is focussed on developing a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in working life

Department Leader

Miss S Lowe - slowe@hillsviewacademy.org