Our Drama Curriculum aims to produce confident theatre makers who know how to create and understand theatre, using a range of practitioners’ techniques to communicate and interpret meaning.
We believe that Drama in KS3 should be purely practically with knowledge of theory demonstrated verbally and visually. We spend time developing student’s vocal and physical skills and, as such, we complete a practical warm up at the start of every lesson. We also address the issue of Performance Anxiety, in order to give students techniques to ground themselves and focus to be able to perform to the best of their ability, without their self-doubt creating a barrier to their success. We aim for students to become confident in public speaking, equipping them with an important skill for the world of work.
We are inclusive in our practice, encouraging the participation and enjoyment of all students. We challenge every single student to think about how Drama helps us to explore social and cultural complexities, giving students an opportunity to experience situations and learn about the world in a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment. Our extra-curricular offer provides a wealth of opportunities for students to develop their disciplinary skills, and includes visits from acting professionals, workshops and an annual school production.
A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music. Music has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development by increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills. A shared passion for music works to build social cohesion within the school and wider community. At Hampton High, students will perform, listen to and evaluate a range of musical genres, from Baroque to Brit Pop. They will learn to sing and to use their voices, and work to create and compose music individually and collaboratively. Students will develop a high level of technical knowledge, understanding how music is created, produced, and communicated, through the exploration of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, sonority, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Dance is for all; everybody, every ability and every gender. No boundaries, only possibilities.
All students should feel the confidence to dance and access the curriculum with agility, creativity and freedom of expression.
Dance is a great opportunity to teach students the importance of being part of something larger than themselves and learn invaluable lessons for life. At Hampton High, students will explore a range of dance genres, including contemporary, musical theatre, African and street dancing. Through the curriculum, students will build and develop creative thinking skills, social skills, discipline, commitment, and a great work ethic. Students will have the opportunity to build a high level understanding of dance technique and performance skills, whilst choreographing and perform their own dance pieces. In the upper school, GCSE students are given the chance to participate in professionally led workshops and mentoring, which have recently included collaborations with the Rambert Dance School and the Royal Academy of Dance.