Waterhead Academy

Drama

Drama

We are committed to giving our young people an exciting and enjoyable curriculum through the thrill of being part of a team and performing. This will be structured through opportunities to implement GCSE objectives of planning, creating, performing, reviewing, analysing and evaluating from Year 7 through to Year 11 in order to develop confidence in students.

Drama at Waterhead Academy will develops students’ creativity, leadership skills, individuality as well as the recognition of understanding of culture, diversity, time and place. We also aim to foster a lifelong love of performance arts both as performers and part of an audience.

YEAR 7

 

7

Greek Drama, Choral speaking, Masks, Tragedy, Comedy, 21st Century Theatrical Performances

·          Explore the Genre of Greek Drama; history; masks, choral speaking; Tragedy; Comedy

·          Identify and apply choral speaking techniques

·          Develop Drama skills in voice and movement in relation to Greek Drama

·          Develop students’ abilities in devised and scripted work

·          Apply knowledge of Genre to devise a performance of a “Greek Myth” or a funny poem, or a response to a topic

·          Develop the ability to review, to analyse and to evaluate their own and others’ work and contribute towards group and class discussions

 YEAR 8

 

8

Mime & Movement

·          Explore Mime with reference to “The Kid” by Charlie Chaplin and other practitioners

·          Identify, explore and make creative use of Charlie Chaplin’s work and other mime practitioners (Marcel Marceau and Rowan Atkinson)

·          Develop the ability to work in small groups and independently from the teacher

·          Develop their knowledge about gestures, body language and facial expressions and learn to improvise

·          Apply knowledge of Genre to devise own mime sequences

·          Develop the ability to review, to analyse and to evaluate their own and others’ work

YEAR 9  

 

9

Gangs – West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet & Contemporary Performance Texts relating to Gangs

·          Discuss the reasons why young people join gangs

·          Recognise what makes a good performance and the importance of the relationship between performers and audiences

·          Apply the skills learnt in Year 7 and 8 to practical exploration of the topic

·          Perform engaging and entertaining scenes and improvise with style and confidence

·          Develop the ability to review, to analyse and to evaluate their own and others’ work

Year 10

 

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

 

 

10

Introduction to key skills

Key terminology combined with vocal and movement work & improvisation

 

Component 1 - Devising

Working from a stimulus (Edward Hopper’s painting “Compartment car C”)

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley

The National Theatre Workshops

Vocal and movement based

 

Component 1 - Devising

Preparing for the Performance

(two lessons a week)

Aim: 3-4 minutes

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

The National Theatre Workshops

Vocal and movement based

 

Component 1 - Devising

Preparing for the Performance

(two lessons a week)

Aim: 6-7 minutes

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

The National Theatre Workshops

Vocal and movement based

 

Component 1 - Devising

Preparing for the Performance

(two lessons a week)

Aim: 9-10 minutes

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

The National Theatre Workshops

Vocal and movement based

 

Component 1 - Devising

Preparing for the Performance (two lessons a week)

Aim: 11-12 minutes

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

Component 1 – Devise Performance – 10 to 15 minutes

In front of live audience

(Mid/end of June)

 

Component 1 - Portfolio

1500-2000 words or/and 10mn video recording

(Last four weeks of academic year)

 

PPE – Component 3 (?)

 

Year 11 

 

 

11

Component 2 – Performance

Text: “Blood Brothers

Preparing for Performance 1 (two lessons a week)

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Component 2 - Performance

Text: “Blood Brothers

Preparing for Performance 2

(two lessons a week)

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

 

Component 2 – Performance

Preparing for Performances 1 and 2

Examiner’s visit (Mid Jan/early Feb)

(two lessons a week)

 

Component 3 – Set text & PPE

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

 

Component 3 – Set text

“An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley (one lesson per week)

 

Exam Preparation

Section A (Set text)

Section B (Live Theatre evaluation)

 

Revision and Exams