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Kabuki Helen Stanley


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You will need to invest in some resources (see below for details) in order to deliver this schs heme of work, and you will need to do some reading and research of your own prior to beginniing teaching it, but you don’t need to be a Kabuki expert to lead your students thrs through this scheme. I e

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key period of the twentieth century to life, and can be used to aid insight into the hardships and challenges faced by people at the time, as well as to teach key facts about the reasons behind the war, Britain’s role in it, and the impact it had on day-to-day life.

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This scheme of work offers themed games and exercises that can be used to explore key areas

within the topic, and encourages insight into how people may have felt as their worlds were turned upside down by the onset of war. It is written to build skills from lesson to lesson, however it is also easy to dip in and out of should you only wish to use parts of it. The scheme naturally requires students to develop their speaking, listening and responding skills, and to participate in group discussions and interaction. It has been devised to meet the KS2 drama objectives, and there are extension activities that link to KS2 literacy objectives.

Learning objectives

By the end of this scheme the students will:  Understand the key reasons behind Britain’s participation in World War II  Have a strong grasp of the impact that the war had on the Home Front  Have experience of using dramatic techniques such as tableaux, pair improvisations and role on the wall to explore characters’ thoughts and feelings, and the reasons behind them

 Have experience of writing in role, and of improvising a short script and committing it to paper

 Be able to evaluate the outcome of in-role exercises, and have experience of sharing their responses to their own work and that of others.

Lesson 1: War is declared Learning objectives

By the end of the lesson the students will:  Be familiar with the key reasons behind the outbreak of World War II  Have an understanding of the fears and expectations of British people at the start of the war

 Have experience of taking on a character and of speaking as that character.

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your students is a fantastic way of introducing them to world theatre traditions, but th implication, which means that most of us cannot rely on visiting experts tost provide our IB students with the breadth of knowledge they require. We have to take it on. I have developed this schss heme of work over the past three years, beginn n a research task in year 1 to a full exploration in year 3. I was no Kabu t

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Explain that in the first session of the scheme they will look at improvisation. Ask them to partner up with the person sitting next to them and discuss why they think im element of script work. Pairs then share their thoughts with the class. Hopefu y

Warm-up: Yes/No

In pairs students take it in turns to ask their partner questions. They are not allowed to answer using yes or no. The aim of this exercise is to help their minds begin to work by making them provide more detailed answers.

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Helen Day is a performer and teacher of performance, and has delivered workshops for numerous theatre companies and arts education organisations. She has previously worked for the Little Angel Puppet Theatre education department, and is currently working as a puppeteer for Bristol- based puppet company Pickled Image. She is co-founder of H2oh! Education, who run a range of curriculum-linked performing arts workshops in primary and secondary schools across the South East of England, and she runs weekly workshops for the Beacon Arts Youth Theatre in Brighton.

 Resources needed

 An item of costume or a prop that can be used to show the class when you are in role as Neville Chamberlain. The strongest idea would be a suitable jacket, however it does not really matter as long as the students are able to associate it with the character.

 Have to hand either the audio clip of Neville Chamberlain’s radio announcement, or the first few lines written on a piece of paper or card, to read out to the class (see resources).

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Exploration of improvisation and interpretation Learning objectives

By the end of the sessions students will have:  Used improvisation to explore the meaning of interpretation  Explored key elements which affect interpretation.

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Helen Stanley is the head drama at Rochester Grammar School. School. She has been teaching drama at all levels for 9 years, and IB Theatre for 3 years.

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This scheme of work is targeted at Year 9 students, aiming to give students a taster of, and help prepare them for, GCSE Drama. Over a series of sessions students are introduced to three different leading to working

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independently. If you think that the featured scripts are not appropriate for your st may choose to swap them but still use the crux of the scheme. We have found at Chichester School for Girls that the three plays complement each other well as they contrast with each other. If nts to explore

plays and explore how to move from page to stage through initial exploration leadi g to workingoration leadi gtoworki for your stud t h fod Ch he

you are teaching in a mixed school you may want to swap the play or allow the students to explore what happens if the gender of the characters is changed.

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Vickie Hatcher i is an advanced skills teacher and the head of drama at Chiichester Hiigh School for Girls. She has been teaching drama for 9 years and is also an Edexcel GCE drama examiner.

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