As students will have had the opportunity to go and see the Christmas panto in Cambridge, this unit will focus on the characteristics of the pantomime genre. This will culminate with students creating their own pantomime performance.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to define pantomime and say where it came from; be able to devise a fairy tale with a twist; be able to discuss how boys and girls act differently; be able to list ways audience are involved in a pantomime; be able to perform a pantomime scene which includes at least 3 conventions of a pantomime.

Most students will: be able to devise a fairy tale with a twist using voice and gesture to emphasise heroes and villains; be able to demonstrate being a member of the opposite sex; be able to create a scene involving heroes and villains which involves the audience.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to devise a twisted fairytale showing originality and imagination.

Key Assessments

The final performance will be a filmed assessment. This will then be shown to the class the following lesson enabling students to evaluate their work and that of others.

How to help your child

Students will be provided with an opportunity to see a live performance of a pantomime in January. It would be helpful if you were able to provide an opportunity for your child to see another pantomime either live or on TV over the festive period!