In the Drama department at Cheney school we aim to
- Develop creativity and inspire them with the confidence to take risks with their Drama work;
- Enable students to empathise with people in their immediate community and beyond;
- Improve students' communication and group work skills;
- Nurture an enjoyment of live performance.
Key Stage Three
The Key Stage Three curriculum offers students a balance between learning specific Drama and Theatre skills, and exploring narratives and issues through the medium of Drama. During their Key Stage Three Drama careers, students will learn to use Drama techniques including freeze frame, thought-tracking and hot-seating. They will be involved in exploring a range of different style and genres, including storytelling, Greek Theatre and Stage-fighting.
Key Stage Four
Drama is offered through the BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts: Acting, which explores the skills of acting within both scripted and devised pieces. All of these are ultimately performed in front of an audience. The assessment is all coursework-based, and requires students to gain the knowledge and understanding of working with a professional environment.
Students will be offered the opportunity to see many different pieces of live theatre, including a trip to Pineapple studios to work with the cast of 'Blood Brothers'.
Key Stage Five
We offer the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts Acting. It is a two year course where students build upon their growing knowledge of the Performing Arts industry and take part in professionally run workshops to build up their own portfolio of performance work. Students are required to submit coursework and are assessed through performances and written portfolios. Students will take part in units based upon Childrens Theatre, Stanislavski & Brecht and Devising.
Main School Production - The Drama department are proud to present a main school production every year. All students can be involved either onstage or backstage. We work closely as a team and use ensemble Theatre to ensure every cast member is on stage as much as possible!
Drama Club - We also run a drama club from November onwards every Thursday after school from 3-4pm which is open to everyone!
Rock Challenge - Drama and PE team up to help present Rock Challenge each year- this is a student led dance performance where we are up against different school from across the country.