The Business of Unreality

This topic focuses on improvisation and recalling prior techniques on communication in order to portray status.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to: define the terms accepting and blocking; recall prior learning on still images; state the elements useful for communicating status; perform a piece of script; create a scene with two characters of different status.

Most students will be able to: demonstrate spontaneous improvisation; demonstrate accepting and blocking in a performance; communicate the status of characters to an audience and how elements of drama can signal a change in status between characters.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to: demonstrate original and creative improvisation skills; evaluate the work of others and identify techniques used to convey status; identify the status of other characters and analyse the elements used.

Key Assessments

Students will complete a self assessment form based on a filmed performance and their work over the half term as a whole. They will then set targets for next half term based upon the teacher’s and their own evaluation.

How to help your child

Parents could discuss the progress of their child in this scheme of work with reference to how they are using voice, space and levels to show the status of characters in their class work.