At Nidderdale High School, Drama is taught through Key Stage 3 and as a GCSE option.  Drama encourages all students to develop their creative, problem solving, analytical, team building and communication skills preparing them for the world after education. Students will also develop their knowledge of the theatre and its important place in society both historically and today.

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, and 8 all receive one lesson of Drama per week in our specialist performing arts studio. In Year 9 students may opt to continue their study of drama for 1 lesson per week.  Each unit of work is designed to build upon the last, enabling students to extend existing skills and develop new ones over the three years.

Year 7:

  •  Introduction to Drama and baseline assessment
  •  Serious Fun – working together and learning the basics
  •  A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  •  The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
  •  Introduction to Script work

Year 8:

  •  Voice Work and Choral Performance
  •  Darkmoore Village
  •  Rose Blanche and Evacuation
  •  Script work

Year 9:

  •  Character Development – script and devising
  •  Crime
  •  Playmaking (creating, writing and performing their own plays)
  •  Script work – Willy Russell/Dennis Kelly
  •  Introduction to GCSE

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama is an ideal option for many students who find that studying a practical and highly creative course compliments and enhances their studies in their other subjects.