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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 Drama

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


The National 5 and Higher Drama course has an integrated approach to learning which develops practical and evaluative skills as well as knowledge and understanding of drama and its influences. Throughout the course, candidates explore and develop a range of drama skills and approaches to communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience. They develop a range of acting skills in relation to portraying characters. 

They learn how to respond to stimuli, including text, and develop knowledge, understanding and practical experience of form, structure, genre and conventions when creating and presenting drama. 

Candidates generate ideas for presenting text using production areas. They explore and develop practical skills in a range of production areas. They apply these skills to enhance text when presenting. 

Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of social and cultural influences on drama. They learn how to evaluate their own progress and the progress of others. 


Learners will develop:

A range of practical skills in creating and presenting drama  knowledge, understanding and the use of a range of drama production skills creativity and the ability to express himself/herself in different ways   knowledge and understanding of social and cultural influences on drama  the ability to respond to stimuli when creating drama knowledge and understanding of form, structure, genre, style  the ability to generate and communicate meaning, thoughts and ideas when creating drama  voice, movement and characterisation skills the ability to work collaboratively, sharing and using drama ideas  problem-solving, reflection, analysing and evaluation skills 


Learners will experience:  

Active and independent learning through self and peer evaluations, reflecting on learning, making independent decisions, responding to feedback and challenge for improvement 

A blend of classroom approaches including practical, exploratory and experiential learning; group work and peer learning; internet research; DVDs; theatre visits and field trips; workshop sessions; discussion

Collaborative learning: working in pairs, small groups or larger groups; partnerships with learners and staff in other curricular areas such as History or Media; partnerships with the wider community and professional practitioners eg theatre companies, community productions 

Space for personalisation and choice: the course is flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for

choosing different production roles, as well as selecting roles for the Course Assessment  (Performance).

Applying learning

Embedding literacy skills: communicating; researching and presenting information.

Reflecting; evaluating; using media and digital technology