Drama provides us with many transferable skills such as, empathy, confidence, and the opportunity to express ourselves as honestly as possible.
Our Drama department’s intent is to deliver an engaging, exciting and thought provoking curriculum that exposes students to a wide range of skills and subject knowledge. We want our curriculum to allow our students time to develop confidence in their ability to create, rehearse, perform and reflect.
Drama challenges us to think beyond the classroom and to take ownership of our opinions. These skills are just as important as the technical and performance skills in Drama. Teamwork, leadership skills, communication and resilience are fundamental in all of our teaching across all three key stages.
drama curriculum map
year 7 Characterisation
year 7 devising drama
gcse blood brothers
gcse stage types
gcse terminology log
Below are a number of links to resources available to support independent learning:
- SAM Learning
- GCSE Pod
- BBC Bitesize
Practitioner/ Company Websites
Assessment in Drama
You can view the current assessment and feedback policy for Drama here
Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Drama
As part of the Drama GCSE course, there are regular trips to local and national theatres to see and eclectic range of live theatre, many of which have come ‘hot off the press’’ from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Trips have included:
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre, London and Norwich Theatre Royal)
- Love and Sex (State of Emergency, The Garage, Norwich)
- 33 (The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Garage, Norwich)
The Drama, Music and Art departments work collaboratively on the whole-school musical production which includes also cast members from Dereham 6th Form students. Past Productions have included:
- Bugsy Malone
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Peter Pan
- We Will Rock You
- Les Miserables
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
- Into the Woods
- Beauty and the Beast
…. and many more!
The Drama Department also offers:
- GCSE Dance
- Drama Club
- Dance Club
- Reduced Shakespeare Performance
- Regular trips to theatre
- Professional run workshops
Who Teaches Drama
Head of Department: Ms. R. Haris
Email: rharris followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Mrs Harris graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons in Theatre Studies. She then became a Drama and Dance teacher with her first job at Neatherd in 2009. She then moved schools to Downham Market in 2018 before starting at Northgate in 2022 as Head of Drama and Dance. Outside of school Mrs Harris coaches a competitive contemporary dance team called Obsidian and is also Associate Principal Moderator for AQA GCSE Dance.
Email: cdungar followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Mr Dungar graduated with a BA Hons in Drama and theatre studies. He completed his Q.T.S with Norfolk Teacher Training Centre from Norwich City College. He has taught Drama at all levels across different schools in Norfolk. Mr Dungar has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the last five years on a variety of different plays and designers from the National theatre.