The Performing Arts Faculty has an important role to play in the personal development of our students at Northfields International High School. The skills and qualities developed in drama and music, including teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. The Performing Arts Faculty stimulates the imagination and allows our students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. We operate on the principle of providing a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum.
Objectives and Challenges
The Performing Arts Faculty enhances our students’ ability to become effective and independent learners, as well as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Trust, self-confidence and communication skills are encouraged through all areas of study, as well as throughout the School.
The Academic Programme
At present Drama is taught in forms in year 7, 8 and 9 every week, each lesson lasting one hour. All lessons in these years include both practical and written work in order to eventually prepare for IGCSE work. The KS3 curriculum builds key drama skills and allows student to develop by working in small groups, pairs and as individuals.
Year 7 - Introduction to Drama
This scheme of work allows pupils to gain a basic skills knowledge for practical Drama and looks at the actor as a storyteller.
Year 8 – World War One literature through Drama
This scheme of work allows pupils to gain a basic skills knowledge for practical Drama, also giving them a basic knowledge of World War One literature that complements work completed in the English Department.
Year 9 - Introduction to Physical Theatre
This scheme of work allows pupils to gain a developed skills knowledge for practical Drama, also giving them exposure to the renowned physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly. They will then use this knowledge to devise their own practical work based on the Hillsborough Disaster.
Year 10 and 11
The IGCSE Cambridge Drama course helps encourage students to explore and actively engage in a wide range of creative and stimulating activities. Coursework relies solely on the practical work produced, though it is a demanding and detailed syllabus that culminates in a 2-hour written exam that is taken in Year 11.