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Drama

Key Stage 4 - Study Matrix 2019 – 2020

Rationale

To develop student creativity and ability to critically reflect on their own and the work of others. To explore a range of drama techniques and drama skills.

To explore how Drama is linked to a range of careers and embed an aspirational culture within the classroom. To develop team working skills and confidence to identify, demonstrate and create – from the blooms triangle. Students are introduced to the concepts of devising, text in practice and knowledge over the two years. This allows for the entirety of the core principles to be taught within both years 7 and 8.

Intent

Each year of study within Drama explores the core principles of; Knowledge and understanding, applying theatrical skills, live performance, evaluation of their own work and create and apply their own theatrical skills. The content of the course each year becomes more complex and requires more skills and techniques. The students are introduced to the basics of Drama within year 7 through devising using fairy tales, ability aged texts to practice, team work and linking to cultural capital. Their knowledge is then expanded and developed upon within year 8, with more devising techniques, acting skills, pantomime scripts and a festival of the Arts at the end of the year.

Implementation

Students study the core principles outlined below throughout KS3.

Knowledge Knowledge and understanding Theatre roles and terminology / set text
Text in practice Apply theatrical skills and intensions to a live performance.
Evaluate and Analyse Analyse and evaluate their own work. Also to develop subject specific language through the use of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary
Devising Drama Create and develop ideas Apply theatrical skills

Impact

The impact will be students who show a good understanding of Drama across a range of the core principles outlined above. They will show a confidence in being able to speak, demonstrate and create performances. Students will have a broader vocabulary with which to describe and evaluate their own work and that of peers.

At the end of KS3 students have a good understanding of theatre roles, theatres, terminology, texts, devising work and theatre etiquette. All of these skills will make an enormous difference to a student’s development, not only in terms of their academic education but also with regards to the building of fundamental life skills. Communication, speaking, listening, and working as part of a team, are some of the skills in which pupils will need in the future, in a learning environment and with reference to future employment.

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1 Knowledge and understanding: Key skills the basic acting skills Body Language facial expression Devising from using a stimulus, an object, photograph and a haunted house Knowledge and understanding: Key Skills – more acting skills. Text in practice: Poems Create devised performances based on Halloween
Autumn 2 Knowledge and understanding of mime, gestures, acting. Devising from a fairy tale / pantomime Analyse and evaluate their own work. Knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of Pantomime Text in practice learning a script Analyse and evaluate their own work. Apply theatrical skills.
Spring 1 Knowledge and understanding of the playwright, the role of an actor, on stage theatre positions. (AO1) Create and develop ideas (AO2) Apply theatrical skills Devising an alternative ending Knowledge and understanding of drama techniques. Knowledge and understanding: History -linking with Anne Frank Text in practice Learning a diary entry Text in practice: Apply theatrical skills and intensions to a live performance.
Spring 2 Text in practice learning a script Analyse and evaluate their own work. Knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of devising skills to enhance a performance Analyse and evaluate their own work. Devising from using a stimulus.
Summer 1 Knowledge and understanding: Advertising Persuasive language Knowledge and understanding: Careers and roles in the creative arts Apply theatrical skills to create a TV / radio advert Knowledge and understanding: Different types of theatre stages Devising Drama (AO1) Create and develop ideas AO2) Apply theatrical skills
Summer 2 Develop ideas for advert Apply theatrical skills Create A junior apprentice style presentation. Analyse and evaluate: their own work. Theatre company roles and responsibilities A performance and art festival Analyse and evaluate their own work. Create and develop ideas for a show.