Term 1 2019
At the start of 2019 Michael has joined the Performing Arts team NMPS. Michael will work alongside Dan to deliver Specialist Drama classes for all NMPS students from Prep to Year 6 for the entire year.
Dan Dinnen: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Term 1, Prep students are participating in their first Drama classes at NMPS. With a big emphasis on co-operative play skills, students work together to participate in active story-telling. Through games, activities and guided dramatic play, we explore ideas, imagination and communication. Special attention is given to the non-verbal aspects of drama, in particular how our bodies can tell us - and others - how we feel. Using a variety of familiar and imagined texts, students also discover how emotions are essential in bringing stories to life. As well as “how do we feel?”, Preps are consistently encouraged to answer the question: “What do you think happens next”?
Year 1 & 2
Drama for Year 1 and 2 continues to emphasise co-operative play skills and working together to participate in active story-telling. Students explore how conflict, tension, problems and emotions are central to creating dramatic action. Building the skills to create stories together through their participation in a range of drama games and activities, students are encouraged to use their voices, faces and bodies to communicate and express themselves. Through their participation students are starting to apply basic story structure to the drama they make and share.
Year 3 & 4
In Term 1 the 3 and 4 build their skills in dramatic performance through games and activities and have regular opportunities to perform for each-other. Creating and presenting dramatic scenarios is a fundamental part of each lesson. Students explore conflict, emotion, power dynamics and the role these elements play in a performance. Students also investigate and practice a variety of techniques that encourage them to tell the story with their bodies, to communicate dramatic action both with and without words.
Year 5 & 6
In Term 1 Year 5 and 6 hone their improvisation skills, working together as collaborative story-tellers and performance makers. Through improvisation exercises and activities, they extend their verbal and non-verbal communication skills, share their ideas and start to deepen and consolidate their exploration and understanding of narrative structure and form. The importance of having strong theme when creating drama comes into focus. Students explore dramatic modes of expression that are linked to thematic ideas, and are given direction to both communicate and identify central, overarching ideas in the drama that they make and share.