Soham Village College

Drama - Year 7



'Socialisation’ - What is Drama?
In this unit students begin to develop their understanding of drama and are introduced to drama techniques.  Particular focus is placed in the first four weeks of the year on introducing effective ways to work with one another and begin to build confidence in the subject.
Baseline of existing skills through short performance.
'Seriously Funny’ – What ingredients make a comedy pie?  
An examination of the genre of “Comedy” looking at different ways to engage an audience.  Genres such as Slapstick, Sketch show ingredients and clowning are used to allow students to develop their dramatic understanding.
Through rehearsal and performance.
Spring  Devising’ – Telling stories.    
Students learn how to create improvisation based on simple starting points.  A variety of techniques, including contact improvisation, role play and spontaneity, are used to enable students to create and evaluate a piece drama.
Through self-assessment and peer observation.
'Stan the Man' – Expanding character.
An investigation into the techniques of Stanislavski to expand characters in performance.  This unit includes techniques which relate to such as “Hot seating” and “Blocking and Accepting” Students build towards an assessed performance using film to reflect on their progress.
Through the writing and performing of a monologue.
Summer  Image Drama – Bringing images to life.  
Students respond to a range of thought provoking images to explore the possibilities of an image in helping us to tell stories, create characters and use simple drama techniques for an audience.
Evaluation of collaborative process.
From page to stage – Introducing scripts. 
Students will be introduced to extracts from a range of scripts.  They will build an understanding of the ways in which actors, directors and designers create meaning for an audience.
Performance of scripts – End of year assessment.