Year 5 Drama

Course and Assessment Overview 2019

Week Content Assessments

Term 1

1

Dramatic action

The driving force behind creating meaning in Drama. Explored through practical activities

Introduction of ‘Participation sheet’ to be kept by the student throughout the course and handed in at appointed time (30%)
2

Voice

Pitch, pace, projection, volume and how they are used to create characters

 
3

Movement

Facial expressions and gestures to create belief in character and situation

 
4

Role and Relationship

Taking on a characters point of view, exploring different relationships with different types of characters

 
5

Situation

Establishing and sustaining a fictional setting

 
6

Space

In relation to other character (to show relationship) and on the stage in relation to props, etc.

 
7

Character

Communicating character traits that are not necessarily in line with your own traits

 
8

Time

Passage of time in drama, flash backs and flash forwards.

 
9

Tension

Creating suspense in a story or conflict in a relationship

 
10

Mood

How to make the audience feel a certain way. Who do we want them to sympathise with and how do we make this happen?

 

Term 2

1

Dramatic sequence

How a story is unveiled, how it builds to a climax and then concludes

 
2

Improvisation skills

Basic offer, acceptance and blocking. Keeping the story simple so it can unfold naturally

 
3

Rehearsal processes

Working together in improvisation activities and exploring the importance of trust

 
4

Giving and receiving feedback

How to do this with respect, the purpose of it and how to use it to improve next time

 
5

Focus

Staying in character

 
6

Audience focus

How to direct the audiences focus to something in particular, whether it be using the actor, props, lighting, etc.

 
7

Meaning

Creating meaning for the audience and also for the performer

 
8

Different cultures

Exploring the different types of drama and how they resonated with certain people/why?

 
9

Different times

An exploration of drama over the years. Why is it important in my own life?

 
10

Group work

Assessed though an improvisation activity using props.

Improvisation performance (20%)

Term 3

1

Scripts

Different types and elements of scripts

 
2

Story structures

ideas to create dramatic action, considering mood and atmosphere.

 
3

Communicating meaning

How this is done through voice and movement

 
4

Narrative Pantomime

Different activities using narrative pantomime help the students to explore how voice and movement communicate meaning

 
5

Audience awareness

Keeping them engaged, becoming aware of blocking

 
6

Scripted drama

Working in small groups to create a scripted performance

 
7

Creating a character

This is done through personal written reflection and rehearsal time

 
8

Creating meaning

Working as a group to decide what they want their audience to walk away with after their performance and how this will be achieved.

 
9

Group performance

Performing to the class and engaging in self reflection

 

Term 4

1

Devising drama

The importance of working from what you already know. What are your values, what do you like to do, who do you want to inspire?

 
2

Script writing

In small groups students begin writing a script for a television advertisement that targets an important issue

 
3

Target audience

All the little elements that go into script writing. Keeping a target audience in mind

Drama file submitted for assessment (30%)

Participation sheet handed in along with written work.

4

Stereotypes

How villains and heroes are used to get a message across. Is this necessarily a good thing? What about judging a book by its cover?

 
5

Respect for performers and audiences

This is explored through rehearsal processes

 
6

Performance of group devised script

Performed in class and formally assessed

Television advertisement performance (20%)
7

Reflective practices

Not just to criticise yourself, but to make sure you are growing as a performer and a person.

 
8

Conclusion to the course

Brainstorms on what has been taught, favourite parts of the course.

 

This document is subject to revision.

The Year 5 Syllabus for Drama can be found on the SCSA website.

http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/

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