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The Wren School, Reading, Berks: Performance

Aiming High

Performance

Curriculum Intent

The Performance Department aims to create an open, fun and inviting environment where students are expected to ‘aim high’, think outside the box and can…

  • Explore a range of musical styles from around the world.
  • Grow in confidence in performing and compositional skills.
  • Discover different influences within the musical and dramatic world.
  • Be challenged to engage in a wide range of extracurricular activities
  • Be nurtured in their personal development.

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 1
Mon 2 & Tue 3 Sept 2019 – Inset days
Wed 4 Sept – Fri 25 Oct 2019
Autumn break – Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov 2019
Term 2
Mon 4 Nov – Thu 19 Dec 2019
Fri 8 Nov 2019 – Inset day

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