Soham Village College

Drama - Year 9



Complicite - Communicating Drama
As with previous years the focus at the start of Year 9 is to encourage students to work effectively with one another in order to produce drama with more depth.  Physical theatre practitioners, such as Jaques Le Coq and Frantic assembly, allow students to use movement, mime and gesture to create meaning for an audience.
Baseline assessment.
Plays in practice – Opening and Closing.
This unit uses openings and endings of a selection of plays to explore the ways in which theatre makers make decisions for the audiences so as to make them watch and think. Using a range of explorative strategies students are encouraged to use the plot, structure and characters to develop their own devised responses.
Filmed assessment
Spring  Issue based drama – “Anti-Social?” 
A unit of work looking at the theme of anti-social behaviour using the political theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht.  Using Antonin Artaud and Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical techniques, students create a devised performance which examines issues relating to contemporary society.
End of unit online test
Contemporary Theatre – “Plays in focus”
A full exploration of a chosen contemporary play text offering the opportunity to look in detail at the genre, style, characters and ideas within it. As with DNA in Year 8 students are encouraged to develop fully rounded characters and think collaboratively about staging.
Spotlight performance
Digging deeper - Devising 
This unit allows students to experience a GCSE practical workshop and offers a thorough introduction to the course as well as allowing students to showcase their work using lights, sound and staging. This will allow students an extended amount of time to work together to produce a polished final assessment using skills developed during the course.  It also serves as a firm grounding into the requirements of component one of the GCSE Drama course.
 Group work assessment