Planning for drama: lessons and schemes of work
This chapter addresses the various problems associated with planning specific lessons and schemes of work in which questions of purpose play a key part. Effective planning for drama needs to balance theoretical and pragmatic considerations. A common, well-established model for curriculum and lesson planning involves the identification of clear objectives, the choice of teaching activities which will fulfil those objectives, followed by testing of some sort to determine whether they have been fulfilled. The planning of schemes of work can be undertaken in different ways, in terms of theme, project, script, genres and styles, or skills. The scheme might culminate in a project, for example, a piece of theatre in education at a local junior school. Long-term plans will reflect the broad schemes of work for an entire year group broken down into units of work. Medium-term plans will indicate the broad approach within each unit without the detail which belongs to lesson plans.