Curriculum Intent - Drama

Curriculum Intent Statement

Department of Drama

The Vale Academy


We believe that students should have access to a broad and ambitious Drama curriculum, which embeds skills and knowledge of the theatre and performance process, which allows them to develop a love of the performance arts.  Our drama curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • develop core transferable skills that underpin successful drama
  • devise creative and imaginative performance
  • apply a range of conventions and styles to structure innovative performance
  • interpret and perform a range of existing scripts applying their own artistic vision
  • develop written evaluative skills embedded with subject specific language
  • appreciate live performance
  • participate in a range of performance genres, through performance and technical support
  • design imaginative set, costume, music, lights, make up and props to enhance performance
  • understand the process of planning, rehearsing and reviewing performance
  • in talk, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of topics and issues clearly, confidently and respectfully
  • develop their individual character, including their confidence, resilience and independence contributing positively to the life of the school
  • explore contemporary issues, in a safe and environment
  • empathise and engage with others outside their own social, cultural and historical setting



Other general principles

Our pedagogy is underpinned by:

·         A rigorous, systematic and well-structured approach to the teaching of performance

·         Use of teacher modelling, and the use of challenging modern and classic texts

·         A range of strategies to develop innovative and imaginative performance

·         Constant support and feedback for both written and practical work

·         Opportunities for students to act upon feedback and improve and redraft work



We will enrich our curriculum by:

·         Establishing cross curricular links

·         Providing suitable, regular theatre visits

·         Encouraging students to support and contribute to the department and the wider school

·         Producing regular academy shows for public audience, through GCSE showcase evening, Sixth form performances and whole school productions

·         Participate in performance opportunities out of school where possible

·         Workshops with drama practitioners

Our curriculum will enable students to:

·         Learn in a sequential and progressive structure

·         Develop new skills through a range of different contexts to engage them

·         Understand what they need to do to improve

·         Feel valued and respected for their contribution

·         Develop a deeper understanding British values

·         To explore and develop their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding