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Drama Year 8

Aims:
Use an increasing range of different Drama techniques and styles in the work they present (such as the use of monologues and mask work.
 
Relate, compare and contrast their work with Drama from other times and cultures. (Celtic, African, Indian).  Continue to relate their Drama skills to contemporary issues in school/society (Bullying/Leaving home)

Content:
Re-capping on rules: Re-capping on rules of Drama, use of the Drama space, group cohesion, trust.
Timothy Winters: Character development, active choices made about outcomes, monologue.
Masks:  Develop mime/non verbal communication skills, use of Trestle basic/advanced masks.
Storytelling: Storytelling as genre in Drama, use known drama techniques to structure a story.
Bullying: The emotional, social and cultural circumstances surrounding bullying, script and physical theatre.
Melodrama: The historical tradition, character and movement work, links to music, group scripted performance.
Runaway girl: Role play, initial improvisation leading to whole group improvisation.

Assessment:
Apart from Scheme 1, assessed from the list below, according to the task.

Group Skills, Use of Drama Techniques, Performing Characters, Staying in role, Responding to ideas and performances.  A Year 8 Drama portfolio of work, shadowing the practical work is also looked at to help determine knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills.

Extra Curricular:
Students have the opportunity to participate in a Lower School Drama club, which leads towards a range of performances throughout the year, from assemblies to a showcase evening.

Useful Websites:
http://www.trestle.org.uk/p81.html