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Year 10 Drama


 Year 10 Drama


This year you will build on drama from year nine.  You will continue to develop your creativity, communication skills and ability to work sensitively and cooperatively with others.  You will also look more closely at performance elements, techniques, conventions and technologies as you look further at the role drama plays in the community and the outside world.

Your course will be in divided into three units.

You will be assessed on the four strands of the Arts Curriculum.


Developing Practical Knowledge:(PK)

Select and use techniques, conventions, and relevant technologies for specific drama purposes.

Developing Ideas(DI)

Select and refine ideas to develop drama for specific purposes.

Communicating and Interpreting:(CI)

Present and respond to drama and describe how drama combines elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies to create structure and meaning in their own and others’ work.

Understanding Drama in Context:(UC)

Investigate the characteristics, purposes, and function of drama in a range of contexts.





  • This will involve working in groups to present a devised performance.  We will explore drama elements and techniques, and how to use them effectively to communicate meaning.

  • You will then work as a group to devise a movement composition to tell a story.  You need to develop a sequence based on a theme decided in class.  You will clearly establish a setting by defining the elements of Drama in your work.  Careful selection of the drama techniques of voice, body, movement and space will help convey your character and their place within the story.

  • Effective use of space will be a key focus.  You will finally add music and soundscapes to highlight the meaning and theme in your performance. You will assess another group’s performance by commenting on their techniques and discussing how they effectively presented the theme/s.

  • The strands being assessed are: PK, DI,


  • After exploring specific dramatic elements and techniques used to develop an understanding of character when performing text, you will develop a short scene based on an open text.

  • When you use open text you decide all the given circumstances as all you are given are lines on a page. You must do a lot of exploration and discussion to decide who you are, where you are and what you are doing.

  • Exercises will be done in class to help you explore and decide. You will be assessed on your ability to select appropriate meaning and context, building a relationship with another actor and be able to use appropriate techniques to bring the character alive.

  • The strands being assessed are: PK, CI



  • After exploring effective theme and style appropriate for children’s theatre as a class you will create a 20-minute show that we can perform for a lower primary audience of between 5 and 10-year-olds. This may be a series of interlinked scenes or it may be one whole class piece. It is likely it will have a Clown Based style and our main aim will be to entertain the children.

  • You must use appropriate voice, body, movement, and space techniques to present the character to an invited audience. You will be expected to sort your own costume and necessary props for your character. (Props and set to be minimal).  

  • You will also need to be prepared to be hot seated as part of your preparation.

  • NB Writing and recording is not a focus at this level as we spend our limited time DOING drama. However, it is expected that you have a journal/exercise book where you plan, brainstorm, record relevant information as well as information you may receive as part of your learning. You will also store your marks and feedback from work in class. It is expected that at times you will also record skills being used in your work and reflect on your own and other's work. Most recording will happen in class time.


This course is ideal preparation for the senior courses in Drama which will be assessed for NCEA.