Category Archives: 2.1 Curriculum

Drama lesson

The only background of drama I had was doing the school shows throughout high school. I played Rosalie Mullins in the musical production of The School Of Rock in my last year of school and I regretted not doing a show sooner as it was so much fun. Drama was never a subject I found much interest in but the shows were different as there was a different atmosphere to them. I certainly didn’t feel confident walking into a class and teaching it until I had the drama workshop with Nikki. She explained that at the start of class you need to create your boundaries and rules with the class and ensure they are aware of your structure and what you intend to do within the lesson. She also highlighted how key behaviour management is and how we should be dealing with it within a drama lesson.

To begin the lesson, we done a physical/vocal warm up called Rubber Chicken, it was a fun and engaging activity that allowed us (and will allow the children) to loosen up and clear our mind. We were all doing the same and being just as silly as each other so there was no judgment, and everyone should have been feeling roughly the same. We then had to participate in a line up activity where we were not allowed to talk and had to line ourselves up in order of birth months, then order of height, and the colour of hair. This was a great activity as it got us thinking and allowed us to still have fun. We also got to know a little bit about the people around us without even talking.

The next activity was Decision Diagonal (or ‘Where do you stand?’)-

This is where we had to Imagine there was a line across the floor (from corner to corner). One end of line was STRONGLY AGREE, the other was STRONGLY DISAGREE. Other points along the line where AGREE, DISAGREE and ON THE FENCE. We could place ourselves anywhere on the spectrum depending on our individual responses to the given statements. Eg:

  • Cats are better than dogs

The next 2 activities consisted of using our bodies and expressions to portray each idea that we were given. This was called levels/freeze frames. The group had to move around the space whilst the Leader would call out a level and a context. We (Pupils) then had to freeze in a corresponding image. This got us thinking and able to work on our body language and facial expressions. The ideas we completed were;

  • Low level: We had all been washed up on shore from a shipwreck
  • Medium level – horror movie ‘The Blob’ – the blob is coming down the high street and you turn around and see it. Freeze.
  • High level – 1940s – a London street, Winston Churchill has just announced the end of the war.
  • Mixed levels – The night of New Year’s Eve at 12am (groups of 6-8).
  • Flashback/Flash Forward- the previous night at 6pm and then the next again morning at 8am
  • Action Clip! – the rest of the class had to watch as we performed each of the above.

Eyes Closed-Eyes Open- this was the transition between each frame.

To cool down we played a game of squeeze the hand. This will allow the children to become calm and collected as they are now all in a big circle and had to focus the mind. We (children) had to focus on when our hand got squeezed and then we had to pass it on. To make this a little harder the teacher or leader of the group could send a squeeze round either side of the circle and then it becomes a little competition to see who could get the squeeze back to the start the fastest.

Dance Blog

I was a dancer throughout my school years and I completed the Higher dance course in 5th year. As I progressed into 6th year there was no more dance opportunities so I started up a dance after school club for all years of the school. I took it upon myself to choreograph 2 dances and then arranged for the dances to be shown at the end of the school at an expressive arts showcase.

This helped me going into the dance workshop last week , as I felt confident within myself however I still had a slight bit of nerves. I really enjoyed participating in the dance workshop as i learned a variety of ways to teach dance to children at an easy level and manage to still keep them intrigued. Eilidhs energy and enthusiasm was also great as it kept us keen and the atmosphere in the room was less awkward. We done numerous warm activities and stretches that would allow the children to come out of there comfort zone and have a bit of fun wether they were taking it serious or messing about. It allowed us to relax and just have an easy start to the lesson.

We then moved onto travelling techniques , we had a pair so that we didn’t feel on the spot or to embarrassed to complete the task. We had to travel from 1 side of the room to the other doing a variety of moves. We then had to observe the other groups and choose some of there moves , this would be key for children as they would all feel that there was important because someone else wants to try it. To finish up the class we had to get into a group with another pair and link all our moves together , we had to perform this to the rest of the class , but this was made easy as there was 4 of us and everyone in the class was in the same boat.

Leaving the class I now feel that all the little tips and tricks we learned I could put into a lesson and comfortably teach a dance lesson in a primary school.  I would still feel a little nervous but if I planned my lesson correctly and was well prepared then I feel I could pull it off.