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01/12/21

Thank you to for our Christmas tree! We take hundreds of students to Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre each year. They are raising funds for the centre through a charity tree sale! https://t.co/A8hVOyN0G4

29/11/21

Our Year 12 students are encouraged to complete the Senior Prefect application form on our website: https://t.co/1RECF4ayL1 https://t.co/AsAQaCHLkv

26/11/21

Our Year 7 netball team continued their winning form with a dominant win over Archbishop Lanfranc. The team worked exceptionally well together and showed excellent sportsmanship, including encouraging and supporting the opposition. https://t.co/5uE4vtJgQM

24/11/21

Our Year 8 football team returned to their winning ways last night, with a emphatic 8:2 win over Trinity. The boys dominated from start to finish and even had a little left in the tank at the end! Raffael was MOTM, controlling the game from the middle. Well done!

23/11/21

Our Year 7 and Year 8 netball teams made their debut last night against Orchard Park. Both teams left victorious, showing excellent team working skills and determination. A great start for both teams! Well done.

22/11/21

Retweetd From Danny Dalton

Thank you for the warm welcome I received today when delivering ZAP workshops to Years 7 & 8’s. A fantastic start to https://t.co/UZcSwkiequ

18/11/21

Year 8 played their third National Cup fixture this week. The boys were fantastic, coming from behind to lead 2:1 with a minute to go. A questionable penalty caused the game to go into extra time and eventually penalties, which unfortunately led to our first defeat.

17/11/21

This evening's Year 8 fixture at Kingdale has gone into extra time. Students are expected to return to the academy at the later time of 16:30.

17/11/21

On Tuesday our Y7/8 girls football team attended their first tournament of the year. They played 5 tough games against local schools and showed tenacity and courage, resulting in some excellent results! Highman's Highlight® was a fantastic goal by Diorella. Well done girls! https://t.co/mLxme8dnmi

11/11/21

We were honoured to have our very own Mr Gurung lay a wreath in today's assembly. Mr Gurung served for over 18 years in the British Army, stationed in countries as far afield as Hong Kong and Nepal https://t.co/vsVwkIAgBV

11/11/21

Massive congratulations to the students who took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge yesterday. They were all fantastic and it was tough to choose our 5 finalists! https://t.co/WbeEnepaEz

09/11/21

We welcomed Lesley Urbach from https://t.co/LGP9zl0mJx to the Academy last week. Lesley spoke to our students about her family's experiences during the holocaust. https://t.co/lXq62awRCH

08/11/21

Retweetd From Superdad Damo

Twitter I have been invited into today to give a talk on my journey, business and the importance of health and fitness. I am both excited and extremely nervous!! Wish me luck

08/11/21

Following on from our successful Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening, here are some recommended revision books for our GCSE students: https://t.co/6iCyT8m1ML

11/10/21

We are running Intervention Sessions for our GCSE students over the half term break. Please see our most recent letter for details: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

04/10/21

This week our Year 7s are going on trips to Frylands. A letter has gone out detailing everything you need to know. Have a great time!

01/10/21

Year 8s played their first ever football match representing the Academy yesterday. They played Archbishop Tenison's and came away with a 7:2 win! Well done to the squad and to Nyle, who was named Man of the Match.

23/09/21

Open Evening is this evening! Our gates will open at 16:30 and will close at 19:00. Local parking restrictions are in force, so please plan your journey accordingly! We can't wait to meet you. https://t.co/qJoQsPNU7M

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Drama

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality. but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Bertolt Brecht

Why we teach Drama at Harris Academy Purley

Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. Drama at Harris Academy Purley helps students develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, within a range of practical role playing activities. Through Drama, young people are given opportunities to express and manage their thoughts and feelings, responding to a wide range of issues and situations. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively whilst participating in a variety of shared experiences.

Drama is a subject that helps to develop transferable skills such as negotiation, resilience, team work, cooperation, self-confidence and public speaking. During KS3, students explore both factual and fictional texts that help to broaden their understanding of different social, cultural, moral and historical contexts and situations.

At Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE, using the Eduqas specification which enables learners to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
  • develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance
  • contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
  • develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice
  • adopt safe working practices.

The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama,as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, pupils are given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. Pupils investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, working collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Pupils demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination.

Pupils work in a safe and controlled environment where they can respond to, express and explore ideas and concepts that will help them to make sense of the world we live in. The development of these skills encourages self-confidence and self-awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together. Drama often leads to public performances and creates opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding as well as promoting deeper levels of analysis, as they evaluate the work of others.

What exam board do we follow?

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-gcse/#tab_overview