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Drama

Year 7 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop understanding of the skills and techniques associated with drama. Understand how the use of space, voice and movement can communicate specific meaning in Drama.
  • Identify and demonstrate collaborative working skills during drama activities looking at group strengths and areas to improve on.
  • Show an awareness through practical workshop activities of how the use of imagination and conviction can enhance the quality of drama performance work.

ASSESSMENT

  • Practical workshops culminating in a performance piece at end of first half term.

HOMEWORK

  • Reflect upon development during the practical activities ans set goals to develop and work on this academic year.
Term 1.2
  • Understand how freeze frames/still images use space, body language and expression to communicate meaning
  • Create and explore drama through the use of text/stories/images as a starting points to cr. Developing their dramatic potential through group work and collaboration.
  • Develop understanding of monologues and how they can be used to develop characterisation and dramatic techniques.

ASSESSMENT

Present prepared improvisation based upon stimulus for assessment during last week of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into various stimulus presented in class directed by teacher.

Term 2.1
  • Develop understanding of the origins of theatre from classical Greek times.
  • Develop understanding and ability to develop and portray a credible role on stage with increased confidence and interpretation OR develop design skills for theatre.
  • Demonstrate ability to improve work through focussed rehearsals and improvisational skills. Developing own personal performance skills in voice and movement. OR presentation skills when explaining and justifying design ideas.

ASSESSMENT

Demonstrate in performance the ability to sustain and develop a character through performance based upon Theseus and the Minotaur. OR Present design ideas for a production of the play.

HOMEWORK

Research Greek theatre and learn key theatre terms from the Greek theatre that are still used today.

Term 2.2
  • Develop understanding of scripted performance through the study of abridged version of 'A Christmas carol'.
  • Understand the different interpretations of actors, playwrights and directors whilst studying a script. Annotate and interpret your own version of the piece.
  • Develop understanding of subtext and script work. Use imagination to create and interpret your role and develop performance skills through focussed rehearsal and development of script.

ASSESSMENT

Performance piece based upon script studies in class, interpretation as a group on overall performance concept and individual character interpretation.

HOMEWORK

Research into themes, issues, genre and style of script. Learning lines where appropriate.

Term 3.1
  • Understand the genre of comedy performance. Develop knowledge of mime, silent movies, slapstick humour etc.
  • Develop own comic scenarios through given starting points from teacher. Develop performance skills of mime and dramatic pause.
  • Develop devising skills through understanding the genre of comedy, show an awareness of how these skills can be used through the creation of small scenarios and characterisation.

ASSESSMENT

Present a range of comedy inspired scenarios selected best piece for assessment at end of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into various comedians and the genre of comedy e.g. Mr Bean, Stand up comedy etc.

Term 3.2
  • Understand how music can be used to enhance Drama. Analyse how music makes us feel and how it could be applied in drama.
  • Use different starting points from scripts, images, poetry selected by teacher. Link with music appropriate to nature of the piece and refine acting skills to convey mood, tension and atmosphere appropriate to music and tone of the piece.
  • Present contrasting drama scenes conveying different meaning that uses music to enhance and develop work and characterisation for the pieces.

ASSESSMENT

Present a performance piece using two contrasting ideas and styles of music to accompany them. This assessment will be presented in last week of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research different songs, genres of music and song lyrics that may appropriate for pieces explored in lessons.

Year 8 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop understanding of using different starting points to create a piece of Drama responding to teacher in role. develop own reasoning and performance piece based upon the story of 'Jo'.
  • Experiment with hotseating as a device to deepen understanding of characters and as a tool to explore plot and content.
  • Develop characterisation using spontaneous improvisational skills. Begin to structure more effective performance pieces through both spontaneous and polished improvisational work.

ASSESSMENT

Develop own performance piece based upon starting point at the end of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research relevant themes that link to the direction of your performance piece.

Term 1.2
  • Explore the conventions on non-naturalism performance techniques. E.g. physical theatre, personification, soundscaping etc.
  • Develop understanding of symbollic representation on stage and develop a performance piece using an awareness of this device.
  • Create a dream/nightmare sequence that uses non-naturalism to symbolise thoughts/voices/hidden meaning within the play.

ASSESSMENT

Performance of a non-naturalistic scene/play using skills and techniques and elements of symbolism at end of half term/

HOMEWORK

Look for examples of non-naturalism in films, television programmes.

Term 2.1
  • Explore the conventions and structure of playwriting. Analysing the elements of constructing and devising own playscript.
  • Collaborative planning, working together as a team to decide on location, characters, setting, synopsis of storyline as a group then construct opening line.
  • Developing work of others, dialogue swapping build upon other peoples ideas and starting points through rotation of scripts before receiving back original scripts and performing them.

ASSESSMENT

Creation and adaptation of playscript, performing material that has been collaboratively developed.

HOMEWORK

Researching form and structure of scripts and collating ideas for various plot, content, characterisation to help develop own scripts.

Term 2.2
  • Exploring genre each lesson will explore a different genre, developing specific performance skills linked with each genre outlined.
  • Develop practical skills through class workshops and activities linked to various genres and styles of performance e.g. melodrama/pantomime, Horror, Slapstick, murder mystery etc.
  • Use body language and movement skills to perform roles connected with specific genres. developing appropriate use of voice according to role and genre and style of performance.

ASSESSMENT

Performance piece created upon a specific genre, to be performed at the end of the half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into different codes and conventions associated with each genre.

Term 3.1
  • Explore issue based drama based upon 'Let him have it' and other stories connected with crime and punishment.
  • Explore through class discussion different view on crime and punishment and the differences between different countries. look at crime investigation and court room drama style performances.
  • Explore characterisation and monologues linked to various newspaper articles and script stimulus from 'Let him have it'.

ASSESSMENT

Create a performance piece that demonstrates your understanding of an aspect of the project covered using monologues to demonstrate your characterisation.

HOMEWORK

Research different stories connected with the topic crime and punishment. e.g. real life stories, wrongful imprisonment etc.

Term 3.2
  • Develop ideas for a mini-project on homelessness/runaways. Class discussion on reasons people may leave home.
  • Develop use and understanding of cross cutting and freeze frame to show different lifestyle that the characters have had.
  • Explore technique of thought tracking and marking the moment to speak characters thoughts.

ASSESSMENT

Performance piece created on topic of homelessness, to be assessed at the end of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into why some people become homeless.

Year 9 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Exploration of stereotypes, you will explore topical issues through Drama. Developing performance skills in voice and movement.
  • Develop improvisation, devising and performance skills through class activities. Use techniques of cross-cutting and thought tracking to develop characterisation.
  • Raise awareness of attitudes towards stereotyping in society and challenge stereotypical attitudes and beliefs through the exploration work in class.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment piece of work produced in last week of half term. Focusing on working as an ensemble, selecting and using different ideas and performance skills.

HOMEWORK

Relevant research into uses of stereotyping in society e.g. from movies, media etc.

Term 1.2
  • Performing short scripts, linking to key concepts in KS4 (Unit 2 work). Developing understanding of scripts and subtext.
  • Read and interpret scenes from a short script and perform them with increased confidence showing understanding of playwrights intentions.
  • Develop role and characterisation through rehearsal and develop material for performance.

ASSESSMENT

Performance of short script in group at the end of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into script, learning lines for performance piece.

Term 2.1
  • Explore the ideas and principles of theatre in education (T.I.E) work e.g. its purpose and function; educate, inform, entertain.
  • Create and develop your own theatre in education performance work selecting own themes and ideas working collectively as an ensemble.
  • Improve performance skills and overall directorial concept/vision for piece using drama elements where appropriate e.g. dance, music, backdrops, media etc.

ASSESSMENT

Performance of theatre in education piece at the end of the half term.

HOMEWORK

Research into themes, issues suitable for theatre in education work. learning lines where appropriate and creating/making props etc.

Term 2.2
  • Develop specific acting skills and techniques and develop work through use in practical drama workshops and activities.
  • Develop use of narrations, soliloquies, marking the moment, cross cutting and other relevant drama techniques to enhance work.
  • Improve personal performance skills through reflection and peer assessment.

ASSESSMENT

Participation and teacher assessment of performance during workshop activities and relevant performance work created.

HOMEWORK

Looking at actors/actresses that inspire and motivate you.

Term 3.1
  • Study and analyse different aspects of television and media and develop understanding of this genre and its target audience.
  • Perform different styles and experiment with form and concepts linked to TV and media e.g. adverts, soaps, chat shows, movie trailers etc.
  • Select and use different appropriate forms and drama techniques suitable for your work, working as an ensemble.

ASSESSMENT

Performance piece based upon TV and media at end of half term.

HOMEWORK

Research and develop understanding of TV and media. Analyse use of marketing, target audience etc.

Term 3.2
  • Explore topical issues of peer group pressure through drama developing improvisational, devising and performance skills.
  • Develop understanding of peer group pressure and consequences of actions explore this ideas during practical activities.
  • Develop use of flashback and flash forward and contrasting drama techniques of using formal and informal language.

ASSESSMENT

Performance linked to topic at end of half term. Focusing on working as an ensemble, performance skills, selecting and using material etc.

HOMEWORK

Relevant research into consequences of actions e.g. breaking the law, real cases in current media.

Year 10 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Engage in a programme of work based upon various stimulus and starting points and show appreciation of how a variety of drama activities can be used to deepen your understanding of dramatic form.
  • Explore a theme, topic or issue through the
    application of learning from the programme of study.
  • Develop your understanding of the central aspects of the chosen theme, topic or issue and appreciate how the dramatic medium and strategies can be used to create drama form and communicate meaning.

ASSESSMENT

Students will participate in a teacher led and teacher supervised six hour practical exploration of drama. Documentary response to the given stimulus 2,000 words.

HOMEWORK

Research into various starting points/stimulus used. Preparing for controlled assessment.

Term 1.2
  • Explore at least 2 contrasting pieces of stimulus in workshop conditions for assessment, appreciate how the drama strategies can be used to enhance and develop work.
  • Explore at least four of the exploration strategies from the programme of study during workshop/practical assessment conditions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the exploration referring to your own and others work.

ASSESSMENT

Students will participate in a teacher led and teacher supervised six hour practical exploration of drama. Documentary response to the given stimulus 2,000 words.

HOMEWORK

Research into various starting points/stimulus used. Preparing for controlled assessment.

Term 2.1
  • Learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. This will include understanding the meaning and interpretation of a full and substantial play text.
  • Recognise ways in which a play script can be interpreted by playwrights, performers, set designers etc. Apply practical performance skills to develop understanding of the play text chosen.
  • Explore and develop understanding of play text through understanding of the exploration strategies, the drama medium and the elements of drama.

ASSESSMENT

Study of full and substantial play text - 10 hours practical exploration and rehearsal filmed performance. Written working record.

HOMEWORK

Research and wider reading on social, historical context and setting of play. Research playwright and style of performance connected with playtext.

Term 2.2
  • Explore one full play text in workshop conditions for assessment, appreciate how the drama strategies can be used to enhance and develop work.
  • Plan and rehearse an extract from the play to be performed to an audience as controlled assessment.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the exploration referring to your own and others work in a working record.

ASSESSMENT

Study of full and substantial play text - 10 hours practical exploration with final filmed performance.
Written Working Record documenting the journey from page to stage.

HOMEWORK

Research into playtext/playwright. Preparing for controlled assessment.

Term 3.1
  • Evaluate a piece live theatre as a member of the audience. The live theatre could be a performance of:
    the play chosen for exploration
    any other play
    a play performed by peers within a centre.
  • Look at features of writing a live theatre review.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the live theatre production referring to the medium, elements and strategies used within the performance.

ASSESSMENT

An evaluation of a live performance of a complete play (maximum of
2000 words)

HOMEWORK

Additional research into themes, playwright, theatre company, making notes on the production to prepare for controlled assessment.

Term 3.2
  • Explore at least 2 contrasting pieces of stimulus in workshop conditions for assessment, appreciate how the drama strategies can be used to enhance and develop work.
  • Explore a theme, topic or issue through the
    application of learning from the Programme of Study.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the exploration referring to your own and others work.

ASSESSMENT

Students will participate in a teacher led and teacher supervised six hour practical exploration of drama. Documentary response to the given stimulus 2,000 words.

HOMEWORK

Research into various starting points/stimulus used. Preparing for controlled assessment.

Year 11

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. This will include understanding the meaning and interpretation of a full and substantial play text.
  • Recognise ways in which a play script can be interpreted by playwrights, performers, set designers etc. Apply practical performance skills to develop understanding of the play text chosen.
  • Explore and develop understanding of play text through understanding of the exploration strategies, the drama medium and the elements of drama.

ASSESSMENT

Study of full and substantial play text - 6 hours practical exploration with DVD evidence.
Documentary response 1,000 words.

HOMEWORK

Research and wider reading on social, historical context and setting of play. Research playwright and style of performance connected with playtext.

Term 1.2
  • Respond to given stimulus from exam board (Unit 3 practical exam) explore ideas and themes connected with given starting point and develop work through practical exploration.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through the application to a live performance before the visiting examiner.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a group developing your own performance skills, refining and developing material and communicating ideas to an audience for external exam.

ASSESSMENT

Present work as either performers or performance support students in a single performance to an examiner appointed by Edexcel.

HOMEWORK

Research and refining material for external exam, learning lines, cues, collecting resources, props, making set etc. where appropriate.

Term 2.1
  • Develop material for performance through exploring content, style and form of the performance piece.
  • Apply performance skills to role/s and develop characterisation skills appropriate to role/s.
  • Perfect performance skills and improve voice and movement skills with attention to detail and communication with audience to intentions of role/piece.

ASSESSMENT

Present work as either performers or performance support students in a single live performance to an examiner. Evidence must also be recorded on DVD.

HOMEWORK

Research and develop understanding of role, learning lines, cues and material for performance where appropriate.

Term 2.2
  • Work collaboratively with other group members developing performance piece for external exam.
  • Respond to teacher feedback and direction linked to the performance piece in final preparations for external exam.
  • Prepare and rehearse material with increased levels of focus, developing role/s and characterisation alongside practical performance skills.

ASSESSMENT

Perform to an audience as part of a group. Produce a working record which documents the journey of the piece from page to stage.

HOMEWORK

Learning lines. Reparing costume, props, set. projections, media needed for controlled assessment.

Term 3.1
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the content and purpose of the performance through preparation of an individual written description of the role(s) performed in the context of the performance
  • Prepare a group a copy of the script as performed or a detailed breakdown of the scenes seen in performance justify the final design decisions.
  • Rehearse and prepare for final assessment through focussed rehearsal and development of piece.

ASSESSMENT

Final exam - visiting moderator to view final performances

HOMEWORK

Learning lines for assessment, additional rehearsals. making props, finding costumes etc.

Term 3.2

End of course