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Level A (Towards Foundation)

Level A Description

In Level A students are exposed to drama to assist them to attend to and explore the world around them with as much independence as possible. They experience how drama can represent the world and...

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Level A Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Experience elements of dramatic play with support (VCADRE001)

Drama Practices

  1. Use facial expression to communicate a feeling or reaction (VCADRD002)

Present and Perform

  1. Be involved in sharing ideas through drama (VCADRP003)

Respond and Interpret

  1. React to drama (VCADRR004)

Level A Achievement Standard

By the end of Level A, students participate in dramatic play. They react to aspects of drama they make, perform and view.

Level B (Towards Foundation)

Level B Description

In Level B, students experience and respond to drama. They explore how drama can represent the world and make drama to represent elements of the world. They share their drama with peers and experience...

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Level B Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Use structured dramatic play to explore ideas (VCADRE005)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, facial expression, and/or movement to imitate role and situation (VCADRD006)

Present and Perform

  1. Participate in drama performances to communicate a feeling and/or events (VCADRP007)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to own and others drama (VCADRR008)

Level B Achievement Standard

By the end Level B, students make and share drama through dramatic play and improvisation.

Students communicate likes and dislikes in response to elements of drama they make, perform and view.

Level C (Towards Foundation)

Level C Description

In Level C, students explore drama. They learn about how drama can represent the world and that they can make drama to represent their ideas about the world. They share their drama with peers and...

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Level C Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore ideas for characters in dramatic play (VCADRE009)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, facial expression and/or movement to imagine a role and situation (VCADRD010)

Present and Perform

  1. Present drama that communicates ideas, feelings and/or experiences (VCADRP011)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Share responses to drama by answering yes/no questions and explore where and why people make drama (VCADRR012)

Level C Achievement Standard

By the end of Level C, students make and share simple drama that communicates an idea, feeling and/or experience.

Students communicate ideas about drama and reasons why people share drama by answering yes/no questions.

Level D (Towards Foundation)

Level D Description

In Level D, students explore drama. They learn about how drama can represent the world and that they can make drama to represent their ideas about the world. They share their drama with peers and...

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Level D Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore how characters express ideas in dramatic play (VCADRE013)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, facial expression, movement and/or space to express ideas and feelings about their world (VCADRD014)

Present and Perform

  1. Present drama that communicates major elements of stories and/or experiences (VCADRP015)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to drama and describe some of the characteristics they observe (VCADRR016)

Level D Achievement Standard

By the end of Level D, students make and share drama that communicates major elements of stories or experiences.

Students provide a simple explanation about the characteristics of drama they make, perform and view.

Foundation Level

Foundation Level Description

In Foundation, students explore drama and learn about how they can make drama to communicate ideas and stories. They share their drama with peers and experience drama as audiences.

Students are...

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Foundation Level Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore ideas for characters and situations through dramatic play (VCADRE017)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and improvise characters and situations (VCADRD018)

Present and Perform

  1. Present drama that communicates ideas and stories (VCADRP019)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to drama, expressing what they enjoy and why (VCADRR020)

Foundation Level Achievement Standard

By the end of Foundation, students make and perform drama that communicates ideas and stories.

Students discuss characters and situations in drama they make, perform and view.

Levels 1 and 2

Levels 1 and 2 Description

In Levels 1 and 2, students continue their exploration and learning about how ideas and stories can be imagined and communicated through drama. They improvise and create roles, characters and...

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Levels 1 and 2 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore roles, characters and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama (VCADRE021)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish role and situation (VCADRD022)

Present and Perform

  1. Present drama that communicates ideas, including stories from their community, to an audience (VCADRP023)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to drama, expressing what they enjoy and why, and why people in their local area make and perform drama, including drama of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCADRR024)

Levels 1 and 2 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 2, students make and present drama using the elements of role, situation and focus in dramatic play and improvisation.

Students describe what happens in drama they make, perform and view. They identify some elements in drama and describe where and why there is drama.

Levels 3 and 4

Levels 3 and 4 Description

In Levels 3 and 4, students learn by making and responding to drama, independently and collaboratively, with their peers and teachers.

Through activities that focus on sharing and communicating...

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Levels 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore ideas and narrative structures through roles and situations and use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama (VCADRE025)

Drama Practices

  1. Use voice, body, movement and language to sustain role and relationships and create dramatic action with a sense of time and place (VCADRD026)

Present and Perform

  1. Shape and perform dramatic action using narrative structures and tension in devised and scripted drama (VCADRP027)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Identify intended purposes and meaning of drama, including the drama of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCADRR028)

Levels 3 and 4 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 4, students use relationships, tension, time and place and narrative structure when improvising and performing devised and scripted drama. They use performance skills to communicate ideas and create a sense of time and place in their drama.

Students describe and discuss similarities and differences between drama they make, perform and view. They discuss how they and others organise the elements of drama to shape drama and communicate ideas to an audience.

Levels 5 and 6

Levels 5 and 6 Description

In Levels 5 and 6, students continue to make, perform view devised and scripted drama, independently and collaboratively with their peers, teachers and communities.

Students develop character through...

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Levels 5 and 6 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore dramatic action, empathy and space in improvisations, play-building and scripted drama, to develop characters and situations (VCADRE029)

Drama Practices

  1. Develop skills and techniques of voice and movement to create character, mood and atmosphere and focus dramatic action (VCADRD030)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform devised and scripted drama that develops narrative and uses performance styles and design elements to engage an audience (VCADRP031)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Explain how the elements of drama and production elements communicate meaning by comparing drama from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including in the drama of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCADRR032)

Levels 5 and 6 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 6, students use the elements of drama to shape character, voice and movement in improvisation, play-building and performances of devised and scripted drama for audiences.

Students explain how dramatic action and meaning is communicated in drama they make, perform and view. They explain how drama from different cultures, times and places influences their own drama making.

Levels 7 and 8

Levels 7 and 8 Description

In Levels 7 and 8, students make and respond to drama independently, and with their peers, teachers and communities.

Students build on their understanding of role, character and relationships...

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Levels 7 and 8 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Combine the elements of drama in devised and scripted drama to explore and develop issues, ideas and themes (VCADRE033)
  2. Develop roles and characters consistent with situation, dramatic forms and performance styles to convey status, relationships and intentions (VCADRE034)

Drama Practices

  1. Plan, structure and rehearse drama, exploring ways to communicate and refine dramatic meaning (VCADRD035)
  2. Develop and refine expressive skills in voice and movement to communicate ideas and dramatic action in different performance styles and conventions (VCADRD036)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform devised and scripted drama using a range of performance styles, maintaining commitment to role and applying stagecraft (VCADRP037)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Analyse how the elements of drama have been combined in devised and scripted drama to convey different forms, performance styles and dramatic meaning (VCADRR038)
  2. Identify and connect specific features and purposes of drama from contemporary and past times, including the drama of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore viewpoints and enrich their drama making (VCADRR039)

Levels 7 and 8 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 8, students devise, interpret and perform drama. They manipulate the elements of drama, narrative and structure to control and communicate meaning. They apply different performance styles and conventions to convey status, relationships and intentions. They use performance skills, stagecraft and design elements to shape and focus relationships with an audience.

Students identify and analyse how the elements of drama are used, combined and manipulated in different styles, and apply this knowledge in drama they make and perform. They evaluate how they and drama practitioners from different cultures, times and locations communicate meaning and intent through drama.

Levels 9 and 10

Levels 9 and 10 Description

In Levels 9 and 10, students develop more sophisticated approaches to making and responding to drama independently, in small groups, and with their teachers and communities. They continue to explore...

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Levels 9 and 10 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Improvise with the elements of drama and narrative structure to develop ideas, and explore subtext to shape devised and scripted drama (VCADRE040)
  2. Manipulate combinations of the elements of drama to develop and convey the physical and psychological aspects of roles and characters consistent with intentions in dramatic forms and performance styles (VCADRE041)

Drama Practices

  1. Practise and refine the expressive capacity of voice and movement to communicate ideas and dramatic action in a range of forms, styles and performances spaces (VCADRD042)
  2. Structure drama to engage an audience through manipulation of dramatic action, forms and performance styles and by using design elements (VCADRD043)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform devised and scripted drama making deliberate artistic choices and shaping design elements to unify dramatic meaning for an audience (VCADRP044)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Evaluate how the elements of drama, forms and performance styles in devised and scripted drama to convey meaning and aesthetic effect (VCADRR045)
  2. Analyse a range of drama from contemporary and past times, including the drama of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore differing viewpoints and develop understanding of drama practice across local, national and international contexts (VCADRR046)

Levels 9 and 10 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 10, students develop and sustain different roles and characters to realise dramatic intentions and engage audiences. They perform devised and scripted drama in different forms, styles and performance spaces. They plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. They select and use the elements of drama, narrative and structure in directing and acting and apply stagecraft. They use performance and expressive skills to convey dramatic action and meaning.

Students analyse the elements of drama, forms and performance styles and evaluate meaning and aesthetic effect in drama they devise, interpret, perform and view. They use experiences of drama practices from different cultures, places and times to evaluate drama.

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