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Head of Department
Mr M Vogler
Organisation of the subject:
Students have 1 x 50 minute lesson a week.
Key Concepts (The big ideas underpinning the subject)
In Year 7 the students are introduced to the three elements of the curriculum – making drama, performing Drama and Responding to Drama. Foundations are laid in learning how to devise pieces of Drama and how costume, props and technical elements can enhance their work and aid meaning. Students are introduced to specialist terminology in order to build a dramatic vocabulary.
What will your child be learning?
In Year 7 students will be introduced to the following aspects of Drama and theatre, and will a posses a working knowledge and basic practical understanding of;
- Collaborative learning – group work and pair work.
- Devising plays from a range of stimuli.
- Select appropriate lighting or simple props, sets or costumes and understand their effect.
- Establish a character with control over movement and voice.
- Students will need to know the following terms both in discussion and in practical work: improvisation, still image/freeze frame, role-play, thought-tracking, hot-seating, role, role on the wall, thought tunnel, mime, narrating, slow motion, plot, pause, fixing-the-space and chorus, rhythm, pace, characterisation – facial expression, body language, gesture, movement.
- Students will be introduced to the basics of the Ancient Greek theatre tradition.
Key 'Learning Capacities' in this subject
- The skills to work collaboratively with others to create new ideas and explore and evaluate a variety of Drama texts.
- Develop a sense of confidence to interact with e noticed for the right reasons.
- The development of social skills such as offering ideas, sharing thoughts to overcome problems and listening to others.
- The application of Drama techniques to shape and enhance performance work.
How will your child be learning?
- Paired and group work to devise and shape a variety of Drama work
- Whole class discussion and evaluations
- Individual teacher/student learning conversations
How will learning be assessed?
- Half termly assessments through small scale class exposition work to assess performance skills.
- Learning conversations during lessons (recorded in exercise books) on how your child’s work is being refined and developed through the rehearsal process and what they can do to improve.
What can you do to support your child?
- Speak to your child about what they have been learning
- Encourage them to take part in extracurricular Drama clubs in and out of school
- Encourage your child to experience some live theatre
Equipment needed for this subject
- Pen, pencil, planner and exercise book.
- UVHS hosts a vast range of extracurricular theatre clubs and opportunities to take part in Drama outside the classroom.
- Regular theatre trips across the North-West and beyond to see the best in theatre and musical drama.