The Drama and dance group first began in 2012 giving students the opportunity to develop confidence in public speaking and using dance to improve physical skills. They attended annual dance festivals and performed short school plays in the school gym.
Since 2012, the group has gained many members both on and off the stage. They have performed plays in the Paget Rooms Theatre, The Penarth Pavilion Cinema, Chapter Arts, and ValleysKids “The Pop Factory”.
The subject offers qualifications and work experience opportunities in local theatres during productions. At Headlands School, Drama Schemes of Work which include schemes in GCSE Drama/Music/Media, Entry Pathways, Drama/ PSE (SWEET) and Expressive Arts, have been designed especially for the needs of the young people. The Schemes of Work include yearly planners and Curriculum Maps showing lesson objectives, outcomes and subject topics. These can easily be differentiated to suit any recent issues that may occur. The Drama and PSE team communicate regularly to make sure they are supporting all pupils with specialised themes through their curriculum. Headlands School now have their own Theatre in Education team and put on at least three educational performances a year. (See images below).
Drama at Headlands School includes supported dramatic play opportunities and opportunities to create, perform and respond to their own and each other’s performances. Creative drama and dramatic play allow students to express an array of life events feelings and emotions. Tension and anxiety are released in a controlled and safe environment, reducing outbursts. Drama themes complement the termly PSE themes which offers a thematic approach to learning and reinforces key learning points.
The group offers pupils to perform in a mixture of Drama, music and dance events at least eight times a year.
They were covered in glitter and glow sticks and had audience members dancing along to their “Rave” track.