The Wren School, Reading, Berks: Performance

Aiming High

Performance

Aims and Ethos

Music: Students will find their voice, and enjoy singing in and out of class. They will learn to play the keyboard as a basis for learning other instruments, and will be taught to play chords. They will also learn to read music, and will be composing their own pieces. They will discover their musical talents and develop them in an individual way. Gifted and talented children will be receive extra support to develop their skills.

Drama: Students will be developing their confidence and performance skills through improvisation and scripted plays. They will be learning about themselves and their relationships with others through their drama lessons. They will be given opportunities to perform and develop different drama techniques.

Curriculum Information

Year 7 Music: 

This is Me

  • Students will be preparing a number of songs together as a year group for a singing concert at the end of the term. They will learn to sing in parts and harmony, and develop their voices and confidence in performing.

This is Us

  • Students will be learning to play the ukulele as a class, learning to play different chord sequences.

Genius of the Past

  • Students will be learning to play a simplified version of Pachebel’s Canon in D on the keyboard.

Inventions of the Future

  • Students will be using their learning of the Canon in D to remix it, using music software.

Power of Humans

  • Students will be looking at the global significance of the pentatonic scale and using it to create group compositions.

Power of the Earth

  • Students will be using the compositions of Mike Oldfield to inspire a composition based on the Earth.

Year 7 Drama:

This is Me

  • Students will be learning about their own confidence levels in performing, getting to know each other and trying out some improvisation.

This is Us

  • Students will devising sketches based on a modern day version of the Three Little Pigs.

Genius of the Past

  • Students will be looking at a script extract from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, starting to develop different characters.

Inventions of the Future

  • Students will be using the drama technique of physical theatre to create sketches based on an imaginary invention.

Power of Humans

  • Students will be looking at the movie ‘Divergent’, creating fictional arguments between the different factions.

Power of the Earth

  • Students will be developing their Divergent arguments and looking at life in a dystopian society.

Year 8 Music: 

My Values

  • Students will be creating a soundscape to accompany their monologue that they will be writing in their drama lessons.

Family Values

  • Students will be learning to recognise the different musical families in the orchestra and use keyboards to create a whole class orchestra.

Clashes of Culture

  • Students will be looking at clashes of musical culture throughout history.

Celebration of Culture

  • Students will be learning to play the ukulele as a whole class, learning songs of celebration from around the world.

The Power of Technology

  • Students will be looking at the changes in music technology throughout the last century and how differently we use and listen to music in today’s culture.

The Power of My Voice

  • Students will be singing. They will be learning songs to perform in an end of term show.

Year 8 Drama: 

My Values

  • Students will be writing and performing a monologue based on their own beliefs and values.

Family Values

  • Students will be devising a family dinner argument. They will be learning about use of props and silence in drama.

Clashes of Culture

  • Students will be looking at Greek Tragedies and Comedies, and how the drama techniques they use can create different moods.

Celebration of Culture

  • Students will be looking at the fame and celebrity culture that has taken over the 21st Century. They will be creating their own TV talent show sketches, and looking at how these differ in other countries. What makes someone famous in one culture but not in another?

The Power of Technology

  • Students will be looking at  20th Cinema Technology: “Silent Movies”: Students will be encouraged to develop mime, body language, facial expressions and the need to exaggerate them in order to help create physical or slapstick comedy

The Power of My Voice

  • Students will be learning about their voice, how they can project their voice, and how they can change their voice to suit different characters.

 

 

Term Dates

Term 4
Mon 20 Feb – Fri 7 Apr 2017
Term 5
Inset day – Mon 24 Apr 2017
Tue 25 Apr – Fri 26 May 2017
Term 6
Mon 5 Jun – Tue 18 July 2017
Inset days – Wed 19 July + Thur 20 July 2017

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