DRAMA

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Drama is an expressive art form. The emphasis in Middle School Drama is on creative and confident expression with a special focus on ensemble work that encourages a generous individual contribution.

Years 5 and 6

Students experience creative movement, learn techniques for improvisation and mime and are encouraged to experiment with a variety of styles to communicate their ideas. There is a strong emphasis on theatre games as a means of enabling unselfconscious and happy involvement. Students explore ways of expressing simple ideas, verbally and physically, within a dramatic context. Emphasis is placed on team work. Students present their work, ideas and interpretations in small and large group situations.

Years 7 and 8

In these years, the aim is to move beyond game-playing and improvisation into the types of activities which require greater technique and invention.
Students experience: creative movement; ensemble performance and analysis; experimentation with stereotypes; characterisation and verbal/physical expression; more complex forms of improvisation; voice control and role play. The basis for much of their improvisation and role play is their interpretation of the function of individuals within groups. They learn to observe the physical/verbal dynamic in groups more closely and use dramatic elements to express ideas and creative responses.
Students work collaboratively; the emphasis is, again, on the products of the ensemble. Students have opportunities to explore various roles within small working groups and to experiment with their understanding of the skills and purposes of dramatic exercises. Students acquire a more sophisticated sense of drama taking place within a space and requiring specific materials, language and techniques.

ASSESSMENT – YEAR 7
1. Journal (20%)
2. Group work (60%)
3. Communication (20%)

ASSESSMENT – YEAR 8
1. Journal (20%)
2. Group work (30%)
3. Communication (20%)
4. Docudrama (30%)