Year 6 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

Scripted Drama

Looking at short scripts, practicing in small groups, manipulating the elements of Drama.

 
2

Creating scripted drama

Done in small groups and performed to the class

 
3

Improvisation skills

Its importance, even in scripted drama. The need to be flexible and work together as a team

 
4

Audience awareness

Creating drama with a particular consideration of who is watching and how to involve them directly and indirectly

 
5

Feedback

Reflection on own and others work, the art of constructive criticism.

 
6

Factors that influence drama

Different cultures, times and contexts. The need to be aware of who you are presenting to.

 
7

Creating meaning

How to do it. Why do some things resonate with you and some don’t? Why is this answer different between different people?

 
8

Improvisation and narratives

Testing the skills learnt throughout the semester and creating a performance with just a couple minutes of preparation

 
9

Story structures

Considering mood and atmosphere in different types of scripts

 
10

Summary of semester one

Putting knowledge into practice via performance

‘People of the world’ performance (20%)

Term 3

1

Target audiences

The need for manipulation of the elements of drama according to the age group you are performing for

 
2

Morals and values in drama

Explored through the introduction of the text we will be using for the year 6 end of year performance

 
3

Voice techniques based on character

After the play has been cast, students start working individually on their own characters.

 
4

Movement techniques based on character

After the play has been cast, students start working individually on their own characters.

 
5

Building trust

The importance of sticking together and helping each other. This is explored through rehearsal of the play

 
6

Creating roles and relationships

Based on own character. Working in pairs/small groups, students build their characters in relation to likes/dislikes/morals/values.

 
7

Roles of performers and audience members

Reflection and discussion on this during rehearsals

 
8

Costumes

Students design their costumes for the performance taking into consideration all the elements they have explored

 
9

Set design

These are created as an individual task and discussed in relation to resources, limitations and audience expectations

 

Term 4

1

Props

Each student makes lists of the props required for their role in the play and inserts relevant notes into the script regarding positioning, accessibility, etc.

 
2

Public Relations

Creating a poster to advertise for the performance

 
3

Performance preparation

Reflection on warm up strategies, their importance and different types. Respecting each other’s preparation space

 
4

Children’s Theatre

Touching on the elements of Children’s theatre and how we are manipulating our performance to cater for all the students in the school

 
5

Children as audiences

The positives and negatives of performing in this form of theatre, explored in rehearsal

 
6 Year 6 Graduation performance at assembly Assessment of final performance (20%)
7

Feedback and reflection

Peer assessment and reflection on own performance

Drama file submitted for assessment (30%)

Participation sheet handed in along with written work.

8

Conclusion to the course

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

 

This document is subject to revision.

The Year 6 Syllabus for Drama can be found on the SCSA website.

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