Pirates (ages 11-12)

This scheme of work, through a range of key drama forms and storytelling, explores the idea of using exercise to keep fit. It uses Physical Theatre and active drama games to keep students moving and working their bodies. It is supported with a number of lively musical pieces to accompany the activities.

The module contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Physical Theatre. Students perform the exaggerated movements and facial expressions in the exercises ‘Captain’s Coming’ and ‘Fishing for Supper’.
  • Lesson 2: Making Objects. Create body shapes representing treasure-island objects and use them in a scene of their own devising.
  • Lesson 3: The Tribe. Choreographed stage fighting, along with the physical warm-up exercise ‘Tribal Dance’.
  • Lesson 4: Tribal Meeting. Improvisation, visualisation of music and devising of a tribal dance for ‘The Main Course’.
  • Lesson 5: The Escape. Frozen pictures and mime of the escape from the fearsome ‘Sharkey Malarky’.
  • Lesson 6: The Capture. Performing mime to music while on ‘The Chain Gang’ and hot-seating of the Naval Officer and Pirates’ experience in ‘Cat and Mouse’.

Supporting Materials include

  • 5 pieces of music of different styles, including tribal, comic and dramatic rhythms.

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment

The document is supplied as a ZIP file. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 5 music files (MP3 format).

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