Drama Year 7 Curriculum
During Assignment 1 students will explore how to create mood, atmosphere and tension through the world of Drama and theatre making. They will begin by exploring the use of movement, mime and gesture to communicate simple narratives, and then develop their use of physical theatre using body as props to create their own stories. Students will be introduced to the key skills of still image, slow motion and climax in order to develop tension within a narrative.
Students will be working in pairs, individually and in groups in a range of activities to create their own horror stories. The main assessment will require the students to combine the skills learnt during the first half term into their own performance project, which will be performed at the end of the assignment. They will also complete a portfolio of activities for homework to accompany their performance.
For the second assignment students will be studying the world of Musical Theatre, and exploring extracts from a range of different musicals, such as ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Grease’ or ‘Bugsy Malone’ for example. Students will begin the assignment by exploring the skills required for singing, dancing and acting within a musical and then the students will rehearse a polished extract which combines all the artforms together.
In addition to their performance the students will also be assessed on their contribution to the rehearsal process, and their use of research around the musical in order to inform their final piece.
In Assignment 3, students will explore the journey of ‘Page to Stage’ and follow how a director will take a script and turn it into a fully staged play. They will explore the different performance and production roles involved in the journey and undertake research into different jobs such as costume designer, or lighting technician in order to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of that role within the production.
They will complete a portfolio of tasks for homework in order to support their final performance of a scene from the play.