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The Wren School, Reading, Berks: Performance

Aiming High

Performance

Aims and Ethos

The Performance departments aims to give students the opportunity to explore different genres in a fun and supportive environment. Students will be expected to ‘Aim high’ and think outside the box. Creativity and confidence will be key skills that they we will help them develop over their time with the department.

Music

Students will have the opportunity to learn the Ukulele, Keyboard and how to use their voice in a healthy way. They will also gain an insight into how music technology is used to create and arrange music. Students will gain understanding in how music also supports learning across the curriculum. They will be able to take part in a wide range of clubs no matter what experience they have.

Drama

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Drama. They will look at a variety of techniques in order to create dynamic and purposeful Drama.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is me

Music – Students will learn how to play chords and simple melodies on the Ukulele.

Drama – Students will learn the Rules of drama, explore levels, using our bodies, mime, using our voice, tableaux, and hot-seating.

This is Us

Music – Students will learn about using their voices work and using them in a healthy and productive way

Drama – Students will learn the skills needed to be an excellent puppeteer.

Genius of the past

Music – Students will learn about Mozart, his life and his music.

Drama Students will explore various elements of drama.

Inventions of the future

Music – Students will learn how to use Magix Music Maker, a piece of music software which allows students to arrange music using samples provided.

Drama Students will learn how to use trestle theatre masks effectively.

The power of humans

Music – Students will learn about the composer Camille Saint Saens and his work ‘The Carnival of the Animals’.

Drama Students will learn to build tension through devising and script work.

The Power of the Earth

Music – Students will learn about the composer Holst and his ‘Planet suite’.

Drama Linear Mime, Body language, Facial expressions, Face and body as a tool for performance, and exaggeration, will be explored.

Year 8

My Values

Music – Students will learn about semitones and how to use them to create chords.

Drama Students will look at non-naturalistic performance and the stock characters of melodrama.

My family values

Music – Students will develop their knowledge of instruments of the orchestra and the families they belong to.

Drama Students will be given the opportunity to explore and perform key elements of Shakespeare plays.

Clashes of culture

Music – Students will learn about the history and music of Reggae and how it influenced music in England in the 80s.

Drama Students will learn how to replicate a fight for the stage in safe and controlled a manner with an emphasis on narrative.

Celebration of culture

Music – Students will learn about Chinese culture.

Drama A Stanislavskian approach to character will be taken as we learn the methods to understand what it might be like to live a life other than our own.

The power of technology

Music – Students will expand on their knowledge of Magix music maker from year 7 and create arrangements in Pop structure.

The power of my voice

Music – Students will develop their vocal skills..

Drama Line stories. mockumentaries, direct address will be explored.

Year 9

Description of Year 9 curriculum
Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre.

Term 1 – During this SOL we will look at building tension through script work, voice, and movement.

Term 2 – Students will work collaboratively to enhance their understanding of theatre design skills in a series of workshops looking at; lighting design; Set design; sound design; costume; make up, and creating set boxes according to the GCSE specification.

Term 3 – Students will learn how to replicate a fight for the stage in safe and controlled a manner with an emphasis on narrative.

Term 4 – Students will look at the history of the broad term we call physical theatre and look at the work of significant practitioners and companies.

Term 5 – Over these series of lessons students will learn and explore the various techniques actors use to create humour. We will look at the history of comic theatre, explore clowning and improvisation.

Term 6 – Students will be given the opportunity to create their own projects amalgamating the work produced over the year.

GCSE Exam board information
WJEC Drama

Unit 1: Devising theatre Unit 2: Performing theatre Unit 3: Interpreting theatre

Unit 1: Devising Theatre

40% of qualification

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre.

Unit 2: Performing Theatre

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

20% of qualification

Learners participate in a performance based on two 10 minute extracts from a performance text of their own choice.

Unit 3: Interpreting Theatre

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification -Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text.

 

 

Term Dates

Term 2
Inset day – Mon 30 Oct 2017
Tue 31 Oct – Tue 19 Dec 2017
(Christmas holidays Wed 20 Dec 2017 – Tue 2 Jan 2018)
Term 3
Inset day – Wed 3 Jan 2018
Thu 4 Jan – Fri 9 Feb 2018
(Spring break Mon 12 Feb – Mon 19 Feb 2018)

 

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