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Drama / Year 3 and 4

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore ideas and narrative structures through roles and situations and use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama (ACADRM031)

Elaborations
  • exploring and experiencing a range of roles and situations that they initiate and develop
  • making improvisations that explore issues and ideas using empathy
  • using elements of drama and the principles of stories to shape improvisations to communicate their intentions as drama makers, for example, establishing time and place and the roles and characters in the drama
  • experimenting with tension, and creating dramatic meaning to sustain improvisations and process dramas
  • Considering viewpoints – forms and elements: For example – How did the drama begin? Develop? Conclude? How did the performers vary their voices, movement and gestures to create and share believable characters? How are elements of drama such as role, situation, time and place part of the action? How is the dramatic tension developed in the drama?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Devised drama

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Blast off! Life in space - teacher resource

This teacher resource is a comprehensive sequence of teacher ideas and student activities that support the arts curriculum in drama and dance, using ideas about space exploration, the universe and the life of an astronaut as stimulus. It includes a link to the video 'Blast off with NASA astronaut Rex Walheim'. This video ...

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Puppet Pals HD

This is a free application for the iPad that focuses on creating plays using a library of eight animated fairytale characters and five background scenes. It features video, audio and a record function, as well as the ability to import background scenes from personal photo libraries, create actors from photos, and save, ...

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Puppet masters

Create and experiment with puppets made out of paper!

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 3, Year 4 The Arts

This unit uses various arts practices as the stimuli for exploring the safety message of Stop, Look, Listen, Think. Students create woven artworks to incorporate safety messages; they collaboratively develop a play about safety; and explore rap as a music form and combined with dance convey a safety message in a performance.

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Sun, Earth and Moon

This web resource is a unit of work that focuses on students demonstrating their understanding of the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon by creating a performance as a group. The resource is part of Brigham Young University's theatre education database. The resource contains seven lesson plans: How the Earth looks; ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 The Arts

This unit uses dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based ...

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Play, wonder, create: drama contexts in early childhood - teacher resource

This resource for teachers provides a series of experiences to introduce students in Foundation to year 2 to drama. Part one is a 'getting started in drama' toolkit with techniques, tools, activities and a start-up lesson that leads students into the creation of a puppet play to explain the mystery of an abandoned bear. ...

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Act Ease

Act Ease is designed to build teacher capacity and ability to teach drama in primary schools. It has been created with a group of teachers, industry experts and university sector representatives to develop teacher capacity. This resource features written, downloadable resources which are also captured through film. This ...

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Theatre through a lens

Imagine a theatre performance where it's possible to step into character roles and experience your own version of it! 'Situation Rooms', created by a group of author directors called Rimini Protokoll, allows an audience to do just that. Using iPad minis and headphones, the audience moves through a set, following stories ...

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Improv Suggestifier - iTunes app

Quickly find ideas for improvisation practice with this tool which gives you random suggestions in a choice of 10 different categories. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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TuneTrain - iTunes app

Create and edit melodies with line drawings where people represent musical notes and the pitch is related to their height level. Change the rhythm and listen to your melody in different styles. The underlying chord structure is represented by the buildings and you can also view the notation. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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Theatre as an art form: devising a class play

This web resource is a unit of work that focuses on students writing and performing a group script devised from either 'Knuffle bunny free' by Mo Willems or 'Ox-cart man' by Donald Hall. It is part of Brigham Young University's theatre education database. The resource contains seven lesson plans: Introducing story and devising; ...

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A story of Mount Merapi

Indonesians whose homes are near Mount Merapi, a live volcano, live with the constant threat of its eruption. Over time, a sense of mysticism, ritual and story has grown around the volcano's power. Drawing on this history, Australian puppet theatre company Snuff Puppets collaborated with Indonesian artists to perform 'Wedhus ...

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Drama on the bus

Is someone watching you? It's just possible that there's an observer on your bus or train using the scenes and conversations that take place as a starting point for their art. That's what four playwrights did when they travelled together across Sydney on the 428 bus and came up with four completely different ideas for a play.

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Dr Karl discusses the Earth's heat

Discover the activities deep within the Earth that could seriously impact life on Earth far into the future. Watch this video to find out about the sources of the Earth's own heat. Dr Karl explains clearly just what is below the Earth's surface and what is happening there. As well, he talks about changes in the Sun and ...

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Below Earth's crust

Imagine tunnelling deep, deep below the Earth's surface. What do you think you would find thousands of kilometres down? Watch this clip to find out what is inside the Earth, what it's made up of and how hot it is. Find out about earthquakes, volcanoes, and geysers, and how they help us to understand about the composition ...