Drama

Head of Faculty - Mrs J Hill
More Able (G&T) - Mrs J Hill

Outline

Year 7

Autumn

Introduction to Drama

This scheme of work focuses on marking for a baseline assessment and group skills;

Confidence

Commitment

Communication

Co-operation

Setting expectations in the classroom

Mime, Improvisation and Freeze

This scheme of work focuses on the above drama strategies and the effectiveness of them. Understanding the necessary skills used when creating a scene/character.

Winter

Cultures and Traditions

This scheme of work gives a taster of different types of theatre; Greek, Italian, African and sometimes Japanese. Focusing on different drama strategies, characterisation, theatre history and themes/topics/issues explored in the different cultures.

Spring

Musicals

An introduction to scripts and skills needed. Analysing different characters and scenarios and how they relate to reality; for example Gangs in West side story and care for children in Oliver.

Summer

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This scheme of work particularly focuses on characterisation, creativity and the student’s imagination.

Each scheme of work focuses on a variety of Drama Strategies/elements and mediums; allowing plenty of opportunities for students to implement any of them every lesson.

Year 8

Autumn

Characterisation

Students gain an understanding of character objectives, relationships and back-stories, developing a deeper understanding of characters emotions, which relate to reality. I use a variety of stimulus (pictures/music) to create a naturalistic atmosphere.

Slapstick/Melodrama

This scheme of work focuses on the genre of comedy, the history of slapstick and silent films so students understand and create different styles of drama through-out the year. It also develops the skills they have used in the previous scheme of work on characterisation.

Winter

Darkwood Manor

Focuses on a murder mystery story, which focuses on hot-seating, narration, news reports. Analysing different perspectives and using the drama strategy lash back to re-tell the events.

Spring

Devising for target audiences

This allows students to understand the different skills, strategies; performing content that is suitable for a variety of ages/audiences. Inducting different types of staging and audience participation.

Children’s theatre - Pantomime and classic stories

Theatre in Education - Smoking/Drinking/Bullying

Genre

This scheme of work focuses on the following styles and analysing the different content, characters, locations and storylines. Allowing students to identify and use the different elements needed for each one.

Western

Horror

Sci-fi

Soap Opera

Sitcom

Summer

Stimulus Response

This scheme of work highlights how drama is created through the use of different stimulus’s. This stretches students to then identify the necessary strategies/elements/mediums needed for each one. In GCSE Drama the exam board will set a different stimulus for unit 3 each year.

Dice Drama

Photos/Pictures

Music/Lyrics

Poem

Newspaper headlines

Marking Criteria KS3 (Level 3 - Level 8)

1. Group Skills

  • Contributing,
  • Use of drama strategies /elements/mediums.
  • Listening
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Leadership skills

2. Use of Explorative Strategies

  • Using them with confidence/creatively/originality

3. Performing Characters

  • Voice
  • Body language, gestures and movement
  • Facial expressions
  • Confidence
  • Inner emotions and thoughts

4. Commitment

  • Staying in character
  • Addressing the audience
  • Energy
  • Concentration
  • Facing the audience

5. Responding to ideas and performances

  • Peer and Self-evaluation
  • Developing idea
  • Using drama terminology