*Links for the key stage 3 & 4 curriculum plans are placed at the bottom of this page (in PDF format).
The Drama Department at Caister Academy offers students a wealth of opportunities, from timetabled lessons, to extra-curricular clubs, and trips. Although performance is a key part of any Drama department, the major role of this one is to enable students to develop the necessary skills to function effectively across the curriculum and in later life as adults.
The key skills that are developed include:
• Team work
• Problem solving
At Key stage 3, every pupil has one Drama lesson per week. We also offer a year 7 after-school Drama Club, and various opportunities for KS3 pupils to take part in performances to a variety of audiences. Last year for example, as part of a project with CET, pupils performed an abridged version of Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as well as a joint venture with the Music department, in which pupils collaborated with all other CET schools to produce an exciting WW2 piece. Our latest Shakespeare project involves a group of year 9 pupils preparing for the upcoming performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
At the end of year 9 pupils are given the opportunity to study Drama at GCSE level. They then have 3 timetabled lessons per week, and continue to develop their performance skills as begun in KS3. The department always produces excellent results, with last year seeing 70% of pupils achieve an A*-C grade, as well as a staggering 30% achieving A* – A.
Numerous trips are offered by the department – we have recently taken 40 pupils to London for our annual theatre tours trip. We had watched “The Lion King,” “Les Miserables,” and “The Play That Goes Wrong,” as well as having participated in workshops run by professional actors and directors from the shows. Younger pupils also had the opportunity to watch the performances of their older peers, as well as various trips to Norwich, the most recent being to the Theatre Royal to see Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Pupils who leave Caister Academy having studied Drama, do so with confidence and pride. A real sense of achievement is felt by all who take part, with many pupils achieving above and beyond what they ever thought possible.