Peter Pan (ages 11-12)
This scheme of work enables students to the explore the fantasy genre of ‘Peter Pan’, a classic story written by J.M Barrie. They role-play the characters and work through the plot, taking part in fun, interactive activities and developing their knowledge and understanding of essential drama forms. Through humour, use of music and basic stage fighting, the students recreate Wendy and Peter’s adventures in Neverland. Drama forms taught include thought aloud, mime, hot seating, frozen pictures, slow motion, and how to create tension and suspense. Atmosphere and mood are explored throughout the scheme, supported by a piece of comical music and special crocodile sound effect!
This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.
- Lesson 1: The Boy Who Could Fly. The students are introduced to and create the central characters, Wendy and Peter, and develop them and their relationship with each other and with the other Darling children using improvisation.
- Lesson 2: The Lost Boys. After a fun warm up session, this lesson concentrates on the Lost Boys, revealing their history and how they came to be in Neverland through the use of hot seating.
- Lesson 3: Life on Captain Hook’s Ship. Through the use of games and frozen picture exercises, the students discover what it is like to be a pirate on board Captain Hooks ship!
- Lesson 4: The Crocodile and The Clock. This lesson uses a crocodile-who-has-swallowed-a-clock sound effect to create and build tension in a scene. This is then used in the students performances to show Hook’s terror of the crocodile.
- Lesson 5: The Climax – Peter v Hook. Basic unarmed combat moves are taught to the students. These are then used in a scene set to music, turning the battle between Hook and Peter Pan into a comic movement piece.
- Lesson 6: The Assessment – Storytelling. For their assessment students devise a summarised version of the story, using the character of an aged Wendy telling her grandchildren the story through narration, flashbacks, split scene, thought aloud, and a dramatic pause.
Supporting materials include
- A Cut-out Hook
- Unarmed Combat Sheet
- 1 Powerpoint file
- 1 Piece of Music
- 1 Sound Effect
Additional resources are included in the appendices
- Basic Drama Skills Sheet
- End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form
The scheme of work is supplied as a downloadable zip file containing a PDF file, readable on most computers, 1 piece of music, a sound effect (both in MP3 format) and 1 PowerPoint file.
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