What will students learn?
2017 – Macbeth:
This year, we will be studying Shakespeare through the play-text, Macbeth. In this scheme, we will look at the story of Macbeth and will explore the development of key characters; Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, The Witches and Banquo, through the use of characterisation techniques, including Centring; we will also be looking at the impact of Semiotics, such as Proxemics and levels. The assessment will be to create a short extract of a scene from the play, using the original language and developing the characters, communicating their relationships.
We will be studying Kabuki and Noh theatre within these lessons. You will learn about: Masks/costumes; traditional story-lines; movement; gestures; characters and staging of this ancient style of theatre. For assessment, you will produce two performances of the same story, one in the style of traditional Kabuki and one in the style of a Noh performance, using the appropriate style choices, storylines and character types, demonstrating the difference between them.
This scheme of work is based around the story of Derek Bentley. Within this scheme, you will learn about the development of real-life characters, Cross-cutting and developing tension and suspense within an audience. For assessment, students will develop their own cross-cut performance of the story.
This year has been set up to mirror aspects of the current GCSE specification, to ensure that students interested in taking on Drama in Year 10 have the tools and skills for them to achieve.
Physical Theatre/Frantic Assembly
How will students be assessed?
At KS3, students are assessed in three areas: Making, Performing and a written examination in the style of the GCSE examination.
Making - How well are you using what you have learnt to create and develop a piece of drama. Are you using the skills and techniques you have been taught during the topic? Are you working effectively as a group member?
Performing - How well are you using the techniques and skills in performance? How well do you create and sustain characters and style? How well do you work with the other members of your group in performance?
Examination – This will be a written examination, in which students will justify decisions made in the development of performance and to evaluate the impact of the choices made,
So, even if you are not a confident performer, you have plenty of opportunity to achieve well in Drama lessons
There is a clear system of differentiation. Green groups (SEN or less able in Drama) are given extra support. Answers and performance structure is scaffolded to help to keep you on track. Written evaluation is offered in different ways to help you to use the new vocabulary in sentence and paragraphs. Pink groups (more able) are given extra challenges for most tasks. These range from adding in more techniques to comparing different styles of theatre. Pink students are often given more challenging roles when working in groups to give them the chance to explore the new learning from a directorial perspective. Homework tasks are differentiated for level of challenge with the more able being tasked to achieve GCSE standard written responses.