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What will students study this term?

Year 8

In the first half term, students will be studying the theme of War. Students will be creating rehearsed and improvised performances, while looking at the historical aspect as well as the social aspect of the people involved and how social classes experienced both World War One and Two.

In the second half term,  students will be studying the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. Students will be exploring the main theme of conflict within the text as well as Shakespearean language. Students will explore monologues and soliloquies as well as the characterisation within the play.

Year 9

In the first half term, students will be studying the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, a modern classic and a musical. Students will explore the themes of nurture versus nature, social inequality, fate and superstition. By reading the script and studying the theatre production students will build on their knowledge of West End theatre, script, stage craft and the genre of the musical.

In the second half term, students will be studying the Shakespeare play Othello. The themes of power, betrayal, jealousy and revenge will be explored as well as Shakespearean language. Students will explore monologues and soliloquies as well as the characterisation within the play.

What assessment will students do this term?
Year 8

In the first half term,  students will be assessed on their practical acting skills as well as their group work and communication skills. This will be in the form of a rehearsed improvisation using mime, still images and soundscapes.

In the second half term, students will be assessed on their creative and interpretive skills as well as their ability to memorise key lines in some of the famous speeches in Romeo and Juliet.

Year 9

In the first half term, students will be assessed on their creative and directorial skills as well as their practical acting, group work and communication skills. This will be in the form of a rehearsed re-enactment of a section of the play using drama techniques, characterisation and plot.

In the second half term, students will be assessed on their creative and interpretive skills as well as their ability to memorise key lines in some of the famous speeches in Othello.

What homelearning will be set this term?
Year 8

In the first half term, homelearning will take the form of researching the theme, script writing and revising of line learning.

In the second half term, homelearning will take the form of researching the play and practising their lines, characterisation and stage crafting.

Year 9

In the first half term, homelearning will take the form of researching the play Blood Brothers and practising their lines, characterisation and stage crafting.

In the second half term, homelearning will take the form of researching the play and practising their lines, characterisation and stage crafting.

What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Year 8

In the first half term, students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of the theme of War. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

In the second half term, students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of different adaptations of the play Romeo and Juliet. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

Year 9

In the first half term, students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of different musicals. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

In the second half term, students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of different adaptations of the play Othello. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this. 

What further reading is recommended to support this area of study?

Yr 8

World War II – The Definitive Visual Guide

Romeo and Juliet – Collins Snap Revision

Yr 9

Educating Rita by Willy Russell

Othello – York Notes Study Guide

Blood Brothers GCSE Student Edition (GCSE Student Editions) Paperback – 7 Apr 2016 by Willy Russell

Our Day Out by Willy Russell

What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?

BLOOD BROTHERS

WILLY RUSSELL

SPARKNOTES

RSC

SHAKESPEARE ONLINE 

BBC WORLD WAR ONE

HISTORY.COM

Any other information you would like included onto your Faculty area?

Drama really can help and develop key interpersonal and social skills that are invaluable in later life. Drama also develops students’ empathy, communication and listening skills using collaborative learning to develop, explore and understand complex issues, ideas and methods of communication. Moreover, students will develop a greater sense of self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing as well as developing their critical thinking, problem solving and creative skills. Exploring ideas through drama directly engages students with their spiritual wellbeing, moral ideas, social skills and community around them.

 

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