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 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 term three, students will learn all about the skills and processes needed to prepare monologues and duologues. In the first half term of the assignment students will participate in voice and movement workshops to develop focus, control and confidence, as well as work in pairs to interpret simple duologues. Using comedic poetry and nursery rhymes they will gain experience in performing increasingly longer text extracts to the audience.
They will then work towards a short monologue performance that showcases the skills they have learned so far this year. They will look at ways to develop a character and will work as part of a group and individually to generate material, creating a monologue script which will become the cornerstone of their final assessment.