Performing Arts: Drama

Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students are taught Drama for 1 hour each week. Lessons are practical and centred around using strategies, techniques and a range of exciting and imaginative drama skills. From fundamental acting skills to the study of theatre practitioners, Key Stage 3 Drama at Uffculme School challenges the perception of drama and allows students to experience a wide range of types of this practical art form, as well as a deeper knowledge of theatre and its history.

The skills learnt in KS3 Drama will not only prepare students for Key Stage 4 and beyond, but are also invaluable across all other subject areas. Students are taught to engage imaginatively and intellectually with a range of drama forms and conventions through scripted and devised performances.

Key Stage 3 students are also involved in our fun filled extra-curricular activities which include a Key Stage 3 Drama club and opportunities to see performances at the theatre. Gifted and Talented Drama students also have the opportunity to attend additional Drama clubs.

Key Stage 4

Students in KS4 have two lessons a week. During their GCSE Drama course students will undertake three assessed units: Devising Drama, Presenting & Performing Text and Performance & Response.

The course emphasises and assesses drama process as well as the final product. GCSE Drama allows students to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.

GCSE Drama prepares students for the further study of Drama or Performing Arts courses as well as developing transferable skills desired by further education. We encourage our students to be independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that will make them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment.

Throughout KS4 there are a number of celebration events where we invite family and friends to come along and watch the students perform their pieces of work. There is also a weekly club that meets to support students with both written and practical drama coursework.

Curriculum and Qualifications 

Key Stage 3: Students are assessed using the elements of Creating, Performing and Response, in line with the new 9 - 1 assessment.

Key Stage 4: At KS4 the department follows the OCR GCSE Drama course. The specification can be found here 

If you require further information about the Drama Department and Curriculum please contact Mrs Croft, Head of Drama at CroftE@uffculmeschool.net