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“Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself (acting) is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence
of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.”

Ian McEwan (writer)

We believe that Drama is a process of shared experience and theatre a product of that process.  Theatre arises when an audience is involved in the drama process, thus developing the drama by introducing observers and an awareness of watching, rather than simply experiencing.

Our Drama curriculum aims to enable students to:

  • To respond creatively and constructively to a variety of stimuli;
  • To project themselves into imagined roles and be capable of examining their own feelings and attitudes under the protection of the adopted role;
  • To use a range of dramatic forms to express ideas and feelings;
  • To develop visual, auditory and spatial awareness;
  • To communicate effectively through the language of space, movement and words;
  • To develop imagination through insights gained by participation in the drama process;
  • To develop sensitivity towards the needs of others and their situations;
  • To gain confidence in their own abilities, particularly in the area of verbal and non-verbal communication;

 Our Drama curriculum also makes an important contribution to the development of thinking skills:

  • To develop self confidence;
  • To extend group awareness;
  • To evaluate their own work and the work of others.

As you will see, these skills above are developed and refined throughout the variety of schemes of work we offer to our students' at Castle Rock.

Schemes of Learning:

Year 7

1 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2 - Titanic

Year 8


1 - Devising

2 - Scripted

Year 9

1 - Scripted

2 - Devising

3 - Scripted

4 - Radio Plays

5 - Theatre In Education

6 - Practitioners