Monday, 27 September 2010

Fairy Tales Scheme of Work (KS3, Year 8, ages 12-13 yrs)

This scheme of work covers the popular subject of Fairy Tales, with students learning the types of characters and key elements that typify the genre. The students apply their creative skills and develop a fairy tale of their own to dramatise. A number of dramatic forms are used throughout the scheme including Mantle of the Expert, Essence Machines and Voices in the Head.

This scheme of work includes two fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood and The Fox and the Wolf) and the wonderful poem 'The Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches'.

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Matchgirls

This scheme of work is inspired by the strike about working conditions in the Bryant and May match factory in London in the 1880s. The key elements - 14 hour days, poor pay, excessive fines and serious health risks - are introduced through mime and improvisation, guided by the key characters the factory foreman, Annie Besant, Mr Bryant and Mr May. Drama skills developed include Mantle of the Expert, hot-seating and symbolism.

Each lesson plan has clearly stated objectives and learning outcomes. They are structured to include introductory warm up, development and plenary sessions. A homework task is also included.

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