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YEAR 7
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Devising Drama: Improvisation Skills 1

Students learn the basics of drama work through a multi-technique scheme of work based on the theme of Outer Space. They then progress to developing key improvisational skills in 2’s and 3’s including characterisation and scene structure.

Devising Drama: Improvisation Skills 2

Students learn how to create contrasting characters by playing various roles in a sequence of lessons where they explore the Haunted School. They then move on to developing their improvisational skills in groups of 3 or 4.

Responding to Script

Students explore various extracts from published play scripts. They consider issues such as staging, characterisation, themes and plot from a practical angle.

Devising Drama: Performance in the Quad

Students work towards creating a piece of outdoor, site-specific drama to be performed in the A Block Quad. They consider issues such as audience awareness, projection, types of staging and proxemics.

Rollover – Devising Drama: Superheroes!

Students explore characterisation, narration, conflict and tension through the genre of comic book superheroes.

 

YEAR 8
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Devising Drama: Jack and Jill

Students experiment with a range of storytelling forms including roleplay, flashback, thought-tracking, monologue, split scene, mime, narration and documentary theatre to act out the story of Jill’s attempted murder of her brother, Jack.

Devising Drama: The Big Issue

Students learn how to structure drama work based on stimulus. The work focuses on tightly structured scenes and an exploration of real-life issues facing teenagers.

Responding to Script: Blood Brothers

Students explore Willy Russel’s playscript from a practical angle, by both using the text as a stimulus for practical work and acting out extracts of scenes.

Performing Scripted Plays & Devising Drama

Students perform their rehearsed scripted work from Blood Brothers and further develop their devising skills around a range of contemporary issues.

Devising Drama & Performing Scripted Plays

Students devise their own piece of site-specific promenade theatre and then rehearse and perform an extract from a published playscript.

Devising Drama

Students respond creatively to a range of stimuli in creating effective original drama work.

Rollover: Club Oceana

Students develop a range of key skills as they enter the most dangerous nightclub in town.

 

YEAR 9
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Responding to Script: Bang Out of Order!

Students study and explore the play which tackles anti-social behaviour using a mixture of comedy, movement, music and multi-media.

Devising Drama: Steps to Successful Devising

Students advance their skills set and knowledge of the devising process to prepare them for the transition to study at GCSE level.

Performance Skills: Combat and Conflict

Students learn how to effectively create tension and conflict in drama scenes. They learn a range of stage combat moves such as slaps, hair-pulls, punches, kicks and strangulations to equip them with a range of physical techniques for use in future practical work.

Genre: Naturalism

Students learn the conventions of naturalism in theatre with a focus on the acting techniques originated by Stanislavski and the Kitchen Sink theatre movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Performing Scripted Plays

Students rehearse and perform an extract from a published playscript.

Genre: Theatre In Education

Students explore the conventions of TIE including audience participation, issue-based drama, alternative endings and use of multimedia.

Rollover – Introduction to GCSE

Students are introduced to techniques and practices originated by Brecht.

 

YEAR 10
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Component 1: Devising Theatre

Students are introduced to the methods and practices of devising a substantial piece of drama from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board. They work collaboratively to produce a piece of theatre in their chosen style and then complete a written evaluation of the work for mock assessment.

Component 2: Performing from a Text

Students rehearse and perform a key extract from a published playscript for mock assessment.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Students are introduced to the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly, which they read and explore from a practical angle.

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

Students utilise established methods and practices of devising to create a substantial piece of drama from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board. They work collaboratively to produce a piece of theatre in their chosen style.

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

Students utilise established methods and practices of devising to create a substantial piece of drama from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board. They work collaboratively to produce a piece of theatre in their chosen style which is then performed for formal assessment. Students then complete a Portfolio and Evaluation which is also formally assessed.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Students then return to the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly, which they continue to explore from a practical angle.

 

YEAR 11
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Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number practice exam questions.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number practice exam questions.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%)

Students rehearse and perform two key extracts from a published pre-2000 playscript for formal external assessment.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%)

Students rehearse and perform two key extracts from a published pre-2000 playscript for formal external assessment.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number practice exam questions.