Drama Y8

Overall Curriculum Goals

1.    To develop an understanding and application of a diverse range of vocal and physical skills.

2.    To develop an understanding and application of a range of Drama techniques.

3.    To develop a basic understanding of theatre practitioners and theatrical styles.

4.    To develop an appreciate for the various specialisms within Theatre.

Term 1


Term 2

Term 3

Topic Title: 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Topic Title: 

A Monster Calls

Topic Title: 

The Eye

Topic Intent:

To develop students’ cultural capital through exploration of Theatre as a cultural pursuit; expand student’s literary heritage and appreciation for a variety of literary and dramatic forms. The themes and issues explored in MSND are still relevant today, love, relationships, patriarchy, gender stereotypes and arranged marriage.

Topic Intent: 

A Monster Calls explores universal themes such as loss, grief and fear. The story teaches students to always be true to their emotions and the practical exploration through a variety of Drama techniques will aid this for our students. The SoL will also explore the importance of collaboration through ensemble work: exploring alternative ways of creating and performing theatre as an actor, director and puppeteer.

Topic Intent:

Theatre can have a social/political message and has, for many years, been used as a vehicle to change societies; from Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre in Nazi Germany, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of The Oppressed during Brazilian dictatorship to Artaud’s desire to make society face fear in order to discourage cruel acts. Theatre has a power to change societies and the wider world. Through the study of 1984 and ‘The Eye’ students will explore the ideas of government surveillance and oppression and also link this to current examples of oppression in North Korea and the use of surveillance/technology/social media in order to control people and manipulate people in a ‘online’ society. The topic will explore the key steps when devising in the rehearsal room which is a technique used by many practitioners along with the key techniques used by political theatre practitioners to engage thought. Symbolism is a technique that can communicate themes/issues and ideas in an engaging way and will encourage the use of critical thinking and imagination within students. The hope of this topic is for students to explore what it means to be part of a society and the need for certain rules etc but to also appreciate that freedom of speech is something not everyone in the world has.

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What should I expect, and what is expected of me, in Year 8 Drama?
  • How can we use physicality and stage space to communicate the characters and themes of AMSND?
  • Why is character intention integral to a successful performance?
  • How can conflict be successfully communicated using PPPTV and emphasis?
  • How do I complement my character’s physicality through use of stage combat?
  • What are the various techniques used in comedic performance?
  • How can we explore the various comedic characters of The Mechanicals?
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  • How does an actor successfully approach The Mechanicals ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ script?
  • How do I perform using a wide range of acting skills to engage a live audience?
  • How can I use the PEELAV structure to effectively evaluate my performance?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How can we use tableaux to communicate the themes of A Monster Calls?
  • How do we apply unison and soundscape to create an effective ensemble?
  • How do we apply ensemble techniques to a scripted extract?
  • How can physical theatre be used to symbolise character relationship?
  • How can we use rehearsal techniques to further develop our understanding of Conor and his situation?
  • What is puppetry and what are the principles of puppetry?
  • How can I use puppetry to symbolise my assigned character in A Monster Calls?
  • How do I bring a script to life through Puppetry?
  • How do I perform using Three Principles of Puppetry to engage a live audience?
  • How can I use the PEELAV structure to effectively evaluate my performance?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How can a stimulus be interpreted symbolically and communicated to an audience?
  • How is montage and juxtaposition used in a piece of political theatre?
  • How can free-writing and direct address be used to communicate juxtaposing viewpoints?
  • How are multiple techniques utilised within a piece of political Theatre to make an audience question a theme?
  • What is Theatre of Cruelty and why is it an effective style when communicating the oppression of Winston?
  • How can research aid the devising process of political theatre?
  • How can we collaboratively structure a piece of political theatre?
  • How do I perform and communicate meaning to an audience as part of a group?
  • How can I use the PEELAV structure to effectively evaluate my performance?

Assessment:

Exploring – 16 marks (20%)

Performing – 30 marks (37.5%)

Evaluation - 34 marks (42.5%)

Total = 80 (100%)

Assessment:

Exploring – 16 marks (20%)

Performing – 30 marks (37.5%)

Evaluation - 34 marks (42.5%)

Total = 80 (100%)

Assessment:

Exploring – 16 marks (20%)

Performing – 30 marks (37.5%)

Evaluation - 34 marks (42.5%)

Total = 80 (100%)

Home Learning:

line-learning

Home Learning:

puppetry practice

Home Learning:

line-learning

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

All Drama SoL cover the transferrable skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Below is a list of the professional roles that are associated with this SoL:
  • Stunt Specialist
  • Poet
  • Gender Activist
  • Editor

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

All Drama SoL cover the transferrable skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Below is a list of the professional roles that are associated with this SoL:
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Sculptor
  • Animator

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

All Drama SoL cover the transferrable skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Below is a list of the professional roles that are associated with this SoL:
  • Politician
  • Author
  • Police
  • The Armed Forces

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