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What will students study this term?

Year 8

In the first half term, students will be studying the art of improvisation. Students will be exploring rehearsed and spontaneous improvisations using clear acting techniques, warm-up exercises and group work. The students will learn new Drama skills that allow them to become creative thinkers and devise their own performances from a chosen stimuli.

In the second half term, students will be studying the story of The Legend of Scarface. Students will be exploring the story of the legendary pirate, Scarface, using explorative strategies that have been used so far in Drama, including mime and cross cutting. They will also learn some basic stage combat, to help create pieces of Drama that fit in with the action genre.

Year 9

In the first half term, students will be studying Genre within Drama. They will learn how to produce performances based on different genres, including stereotypes of a particular genre.

In the second half term, students will be studying a scheme of work based on the true murder investigation of PC Sidney Miles. We will look at the story of the two principles, Chris Craig and Derek Bentley and the film ‘Let Him Have It’ which was inspired by the story. There will be a focus on the difference between naturalistic and non-naturalistic performances and the students will be creating both styles of performance during the scheme.

What assessment will students do this term?

Year 8

1st half

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 Drama techniques and explorative strategies that have been learnt up to this point.

2nd half

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 and stage combat.

Year 9

1st half

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 devised performance based on a genre of their choice. They will then produce a written evaluation based on their performance.

2nd half

Students will be assessed on their creative skills as well as show an understanding of the difference between naturalistic and non-naturalistic performances. They will use scenes from the film to devise their own improvisations.

What homelearning will be set this term?

Year 8

1st half

Homelearning will take the form of researching improvisation within Drama, practising their lines, characterisation and explorative strategies.

2nd half

Homelearning will take the form of researching the theme of pirating, what it meant and who they were.

Year 9

1st half

Homelearning will take the form of researching different genres, practising their lines at home and bringing in key props that they might need for their assessment.

2nd half

Homelearning will take the form of researching the story and the theme of capital punishment.

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

Year 8

1st half

Students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube on the art of improvisation. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

2nd half

Students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of the genre of action They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

Year 9

1st half

Students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of different genres. Film trailers are a good way of showing different genres and the stereotypes attached to them. They should practise their assessment pieces at home and learn their lines for this.

2nd half

Students should research around the topic and watch clips on YouTube of the film ‘Let Him Have It’. 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?

The Improv Book – Alison Goldie

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

An Introduction to Film Genres by Lester Friedman

‘Let Him Have It, Chris’ by Rachel James

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

Derek Bentley back story

BBC Website – Derek Bentley

Film Site

Drama Online

BBC Website

History

YouTube

SparkNotes

Openairtheatre.com

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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