Drama Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Drama Skills

Students will be using and developing performance skills as individuals, as well as collaborating in small and larger groups.

Students will demonstrate high level performance skills and work confidently as individuals and with others. Students will use their newly developed skills to explore various forms of drama.

Students will be assessed on their understanding through an extended writing task.

History of Theatre

Students will study the History of Theatre and performance.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how different styles of theatre are created and performed for an audience.

Students will be assessed practically on their creativity and performance skills.

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Scripted Play - Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations

Students will be introduced to the play Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations and will explore it using drama skills. Students will learn how to analysis an author’s intentions and present a character.

Confident students who understand how theatre is created and performed for an audience. Performances of scenes will show effective and creative theatrical processes that consider both performer and audience.

Students will be assessed through performances each lesson. Students will be assessed on their Vocal and Physical skills, Character and communication and artistic intentions. Students will also be assessed each lesson on their ability to write about their experiences.

Year 7 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Morals and Fables- Devising

Teamwork and devising theatre skills, research and using old ideas to create new ideas. Students needs to manage their time and organise themselves effectively in order to produce a performance piece.

Students will devise a small group performance using all the skills developed this year. A particular focus will be on storyline and how the moral is reflected in the performance. Students individual performances highlight artistic intentions.

Students will be assessed through performances each lesson. Students will be assessed on their Vocal and Physical skills, Character and communication and artistic intentions. Students will also be assessed each lesson on their ability to analyse and evaluate their experiences.

 

Year 8 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Mime

Using and developing mime performance skills as individuals and in small groups. Students will also show how they are able to use research effectively to plan a performance piece.  Students will develop their mime skills and use them to present an accurate story of an historical event.

Confident and creative students who will input ideas and collaborate effectively with others to produce thoughtful and perceptive performances which show an understanding of the history and form of Mime.

Students creative intentions and performance skills will be assessed in the final practical performance and through an extended writing task.

Soap Opera

Working as a whole class on a Soap Opera performance that focuses on stereotypes and melodramtic performance skills

A final cohesive performance that is well rehearsed and understood by all the performers resulting in a well delivered and coherent production.

Students creative intentions and performance skills will be assessed through a final performance as a whole class.

Year 8 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Issue Based Play – Devising project

Identifying issues and dramatizing them in an effective manner, in order to provoke thought from an audience. Students will find creative and interesting ways of using drama techniques within their pieces.

Confident students who are able to work well as individuals and with others. Students make judgements about their personal choices in order to inform their practical decisions. Performances will show confident vocal and physical skills.

The quality of the students' performances will be assessed through their individual performance. Assessment will focus on Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and Artistic intentions. Students appreciation of performance will be assessed through written evaluations each lesson.

Year 8 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Inside Out – Scripted Play

Students will study a scripted play to gain an understanding playwrights intentions and their responsibility as performers to be truthful to those intentions. Students performance skills will be used to stage the play in a realistic and credible style. Students will learn about performing rights and the performance profession.

Original ideas shown through creative approach to script work. Students will characterise their roles as they see fit and excellent knowledge will be shown through portrayal of character. Students will costume their performance and use props to enhance performance. Students will learn their lines and be able to perform without a script on stage.

Students will be assessed through performances each lesson. Students will be assessed on their Vocal and Physical skills, Character and communication and artistic intentions. Students will also be assessed each lesson on their ability to analyse and evaluate their experiences.

 

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Introduction to the course and Drama Skills

Drama workshop activities and exercises that build and extend knowledge of performance.

Students demonstrate expert knowledge of the course

They ask provocative questions and complete independent research.

Confident performers demonstrate an understanding of basic drama skills gained at Key Stage Three.

Students practical and creative characterisation will be assessed through a monologue performance to the class.

Component One – Devising

Students will develop devising skills, as well as delivering an effective performance to be presented in the school Showcase.

Students perform a well structured and rehearsed piece to an audience.

Students practical skills will be assessed through a final performance of their devised piece to an audience. Students theoretical knowledge of how to create theatre will be assessed through a 2000 word portfolio evidencing the choices they made with regard to their devised performance.

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component Two – Performance from a Text

Students will develop their performance skills; Vocal and Physical, Character and Communication, Artistic Intentions. Students will study a complete and substantial play text that requires them to question playwright intentions and how to communicate meaning through someone else’s words.

Students produce assured and secure performances with confident and committed characterisations. They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will be assessed by the teacher against the GCSE Component Two Criteria of Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and artistic intentions. Students will perform their final interpretations in the Summer Showcase.

Component Three – Theatre Makers in Practice

Analysis and Evaluation skills

Students' written work will highlight their understanding of their chosen text and Live Performance and will provide evidence of their theatrical experience.

Students will answer mock/practice questions and papers and use teacher and peer assessment comments to independently strengthen their knowledge.

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component Two – Performance from a Text

Performance Skills; Vocal and Physical, Character and Communication, Artistic Intentions

Students produce assured and secure performances with confident and committed characterisations. They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will be assessed by the teacher against the GCSE Component Two Criteria of Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and artistic intentions. Students will perform their final interpretations in the Summer Showcase.

Component Three – Theatre Makers in Practice

Analysis and Evaluation skills

Student’s will explore the chosen text An Inspector Calls practically. Students will be able to make personal performance, design and directorial decisions and communicate them through written exam style questions.

Students will answer mock/practice questions and papers and use teacher and peer assessment comments to independently strengthen their knowledge.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Devising

Devising and Performance skills using Be Your Own Hero as a starting point.

Students will use prior knowledge, activities and feedback to develop assured and comprehensive performances suggested by a range of interesting and diverse stimuli.

Students practical skills will be assessed through a final performance of their devised piece to an audience. Students theoretical knowledge of how to create theatre will be assessed through a 2000 word portfolio evidencing the independent choices they made with regard to their devised performance and own characterisation.

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component Two – Performance from a Text

Students will continue to develop their performance skills; Vocal and Physical, Character and Communication, Artistic Intentions. Students will study sections from a complete and substantial play text that requires them to question playwright intentions and how to communicate meaning through someone else’s words.

Students produce assured and secure performances with confident and committed characterisations.

They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will be assessed by the teacher against the GCSE Component Two Criteria of Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and artistic intentions. Students will perform in the Summer Showcase.

Component Three – Theatre Makers in Practice

Analysis and Evaluation skills

Students' written work will highlight their understanding of their chosen text and Live Performance and will provide evidence of their theatrical experience.They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will answer mock/practice questions and papers and use teacher and peer assessment comments to independently strengthen their knowledge.

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component Two – Performance from a Text

Performance Skills; Vocal and Physical, Character and Communication, Artistic Intentions

Students produce assured and secure performances with confident and committed characterisations. They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will be assessed by the teacher against the GCSE Component Two Criteria of Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and artistic intentions. Students will perform their final interpretations in the Summer Showcase.

Component Three – Theatre Makers in Practice

Analysis and Evaluation skills

Student’s will explore the chosen text An Inspector Calls practically. Students will be able to make personal performance, design and directorial decisions and communicate them through written exam style questions.

Students will answer mock/practice questions and papers and use teacher and peer assessment comments to independently strengthen their knowledge.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One - Devising

Devising and Performance skills using Changes as a starting point.

Performances are assured and comprehensive, using interesting and diverse stimuli. Students reflect on and refine performance pieces, based on feedback from peers, teachers and self-evaluation.

Students practical skills will be assessed through a final performance of their devised piece to an audience. Students theoretical knowledge of how to create theatre will be assessed through a 2000 word portfolio evidencing the independent choices they made with regard to their devised performance and own characterisation.

Component Three - Theatre Makers in Practice

Students will study An Inspector Calls practically and theoretically in order to answer the set text question paper. Students will revisit their notes from Woman in Black in order to respond to live theatre analysis.

Students opinions and responses will demonstrate an assured  and justified theatrical understanding of the text that uses key drama terminology, literacy skills and evaluation of Live performance.

Students will answer mock/practice questions and papers and use teacher and peer assessment comments to independently strengthen their knowledge.

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Devising - Portfolio

Students will develop their writing skills to show how they created their performance pieces. Students will discuss process and reflect on the devising they experienced.

Students will compile their portfolio to support their practical work. Comprehensive, analytical written work that shows the students understanding of their devised pieces.

Students theoretical knowledge of how to create theatre will be assessed through a 2000 word portfolio evidencing the independent choices they made with regard to their devised performance and own characterisation.

Component Two – Performance from a Text

Students will continue to develop their performance skills; Vocal and Physical, Character and Communication, Artistic Intentions. Students will perform sections from a complete and substantial play text that requires them to question playwright intentions and how to communicate meaning through someone else’s words.

Students produce assured and secure performances with confident and committed characterisations. They show a comprehensive and coherent understanding of their chosen text.

Students will be assessed by the teacher against the GCSE Component Two Criteria of Vocal and Physical Skills, Character and Communication and artistic intentions. Student final exam will take place to a visiting examiner the week beginning 25th March 2019.