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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Drama

The Drama department has a learning focus on building students’ confidence by helping them speak in front of others, perform with focus while increasing their verbal  and non-verbal communication skills. 

The department also places strong emphasis on the value of group work and problem solving skills in order that students might be successful both at school and later in the world of work or higher education.

Year 8 and 9 place greater focus on interpreting classical texts to help students prepare for KS 4 English learning processes.

Year 7 & 8 Are on a rotation between drama, dance and music and will spend one term studying each specialism

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn

Term 1

Introduction to Drama Techniques.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This scheme helps students develop an understanding of how to structure a story and present it using different techniques e.g. though the use of mime. 

This scheme focuses on poetry as a stimulus and telling a story through mime, narration and imagery. This scheme examines stereotypes and how to create meaningful characters.

Autumn

Term 2

A Nightmare Before Christmas.

This scheme works towards a Christmas showcase focusing on confidence in front of an audience/speaking clearly as well as using techniques that focus

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Spring

Term 1

Introduction to Drama Techniques.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This scheme helps students develop an understanding of how to structure a story and present it using different techniques e.g. though the use of mime. 

This scheme focuses on poetry as a stimulus and telling a story through mime, narration and imagery. This scheme examines stereotypes and how to create meaningful characters.

Spring

Term 2

Darkwood House

This scheme focuses on the importance of tension in drama and using the body as a way of engaging in storytelling with a chance to show elements of the work in an end of term showcase.

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Summer

Term 1

Introduction to Drama Techniques.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This scheme helps students develop an understanding of how to structure a story and present it using different techniques e.g. though the use of mime. 

This scheme focuses on poetry as a stimulus and telling a story through mime, narration and imagery. This scheme examines stereotypes and how to create meaningful characters.

Summer

Term 2

Darkwood House

This scheme focuses on the importance of tension in drama and using the body as a way of engaging in storytelling with a chance to show elements of the work in an end of term showcase.

Alternate scheme of work for the Spring and Summer Terms (subject to student engagement):

Spring

Term 2

The Tempest

Students stage the opening scene of The Tempest using all of the skills taught so far.

Summer

Term 2

Stimulus and Scripted performance

This scheme allows students to draw together all of their learning whilst being directed in a scripted performance.

Year 8

Students will engage in complex device learning such as cross-cutting, forum theatre and marking the moment with script work and line learning as a key homework initiative.

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn

Term 1

Protest

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Physical Theatre

This scheme helps students explore how drama can tell stories of injustice and resistance.  The students are also able to make links to art, dance and music to inform the drama work created in this scheme.

 

This schemes contrasts to the previous one by allowing students to explore a contemporary theatre technique but one which also makes strong use of exaggerated vocals and physicality.  At this stage of the year students should be able to see links across the genres explored in Year 7 and 8.

Autumn

Term 2

Sophie Smithson and Want to Talk?

 

 

Pantomime and Melodrama

These scripts focus on cyber-bullying, parental loss, the role of schools in young people’s lives and issues of responsibilities and rights.  Students learn how to improve vocal and physical skills whilst also looking at issues that might impact on their lives.

 

This scheme helps students to learn about Victorian Theatre looking at its history and techniques with a view to understanding popular forms of entertainment and which have influenced genres such as soap operas in contemporary culture.

Spring

Term 1

Protest

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Physical Theatre

This scheme helps students explore how drama can tell stories of injustice and resistance.  The students are also able to make links to art, dance and music to inform the drama work created in this scheme.

 

This schemes contrasts to the previous one by allowing students to explore a contemporary theatre technique but one which also makes strong use of exaggerated vocals and physicality.  At this stage of the year students should be able to see links across different time periods and genres of performance.

Spring

Term 2

Sophie Smithson and Want to Talk?

 

 

Pantomime and Melodrama

These scripts focus on cyber-bullying, parental loss, the role of schools in young people’s lives and issues of responsibilities and rights.  Students learn how to improve vocal and physical skills whilst also looking at issues that might impact on their lives.

 

This scheme helps students to learn about Victorian Theatre looking at its history and techniques with a view to understanding popular forms of entertainment and which have influenced genres such as soap operas in contemporary culture.

Summer

Term 1

Protest

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Physical Theatre

This scheme helps students explore how drama can tell stories of injustice and resistance.  The students are also able to make links to art, dance and music to inform the drama work created in this scheme.

 

This schemes contrasts to the previous one by allowing students to explore a contemporary theatre technique but one which also makes strong use of exaggerated vocals and physicality.  At this stage of the year students should be able to see links across the genres explored in Year 7 and 8.

Summer

Term 2

Sophie Smithson and Want to Talk?

 

 

Pantomime and Melodrama

These scripts focus on cyber-bullying, parental loss, the role of schools in young people’s lives and issues of responsibilities and rights.  Students learn how to improve vocal and physical skills whilst also looking at issues that might impact on their lives.

 

This scheme helps students to learn about Victorian Theatre looking at its history and techniques with a view to understanding popular forms of entertainment and which have influenced genres such as soap operas in contemporary culture..

Assessment focus in each term Macbeth This mini scheme helps students speak in verse and rhyme with more confidence as well as interpret a classic text.

Year 9:

the department remains committed to line learning and stage design as a key homework strategy in this year with additional complexity created via the texts or devices explored in lessons.

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn

Term 1

Berkoff and Hansel and Gretel

This scheme extends understanding of the genre of Physical Theatre using fairy tales as a stimulus for interpretation.

Autumn

Term 2

Gothic Literature

This scheme lets students devise their own interpretation of key scenes from a classic text while extending literacy and oracy skills.

Spring

Term 1

Devising and script writing.

This scheme looks at increasing student ownership of the drama they create either by enabling response to a stimulus, script  or by engaging in the creative writing process.

Spring

Term 2

The Holocaust.

This scheme enables students to look at scripts and stimuli based on The Holocaust and can be used as an audition piece to join either key stage 4 course.

Summer

Term 1

GCSE Text

To help students prepare for key stage 4 this scheme enables students to look at a play text suitable for study at key stage 4.

Summer

Term 2

GCSE Devising

This scheme allows students to direct, act or write, drawing on a stimulus such as Elizabethan Drama.

KS4 GCSE Drama

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse/

GCSE Drama is a three component specification that splits its focus between creating, performing and analysing through practical and written evidence bases.  Students will attend compulsory out of

lesson rehearsal and performance sessions to meet the requirements of the specification.  All components feed into each other and so a synthesis of tasks will take place each term but the following is a guideline as to the broad focus of each priority.

Year 10

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Introduction to devising.

This scheme introduces students to drama strategies, elements and mediums via devising processes for Component 1 (includes portfolio focus).

Autumn Term 2

Monologues, duologues and interpretation.

This scheme develops understanding of strategies, elements and mediums via practitioner or text based explorations ready for Component 2).

Spring Term 1

Theatre performance, review and writing skills.

This scheme develops understanding of strategies, elements and mediums as a means of evaluating productions seen ready for the written examination in Component 3

Spring Term 2

  Component 1 (mock)

This scheme develops understanding of strategies, elements and mediums from stimulus based settings.

Summer Term 1

Component 2 (mock) : Exploration of Text (practical examination sessions)

Students are recorded exploring a text via strategies, elements and mediums.

Summer Term 2

Unit 2: Exploration of Text (written controlled condition sessions)

Students complete a 2000 word review of a play seen and 1000 word review of their own performance.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Component 1

Final Devised Performance and Portfolio.

Autumn Term 2

Component 2

Rehearse group and paired performances ready for exam in early January – February.

Spring Term 1

Component 2 final exam

Final performances with time to review portfolio submissions.

Spring Term 2

Component 3 preparation

Students will attend final theatre visit and write up review notes.

Students will complete final workshops and write up notes to take into examination next term.

Summer Term 1

Component 3

Students revise and sit written examination.