As part of a three lesson spell on depressions, their structure and the weather they bring, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and encourage some dramatic work from year 10.
Each differentiated table group was given a component part of a depression ( for example, the cold front or the warm sector) and as a class we created a performance based around how depressions form, work, the weather they bring and how humans are affected. I booked our hall and stage area, borrowed some instruments from music for sound effects and gave the class 20 minutes to become their aspect of the depression.
I have a James Bond style cold sector ( it was the ‘coolest’ thing they could think of!), a comedy styled warm front complete with leapfrogging and a cold front which was harrowing- I gave this part to the pupils I know who do Drama, just to see what they came up with!
It was a thoroughly fun time, the pupils seemed to enjoy the different space and style of lesson and it led into a depression storyboard homework and an attempt at a depression gcse question in the next lesson where all the pupils accessed a level higher than they had done previously! The only pupil who was still a little behind was given a little bit of doddle reading to help him along before next lesson.
For my other year 10 class, as it was so nice outside, we made a small mound on our field into a natural ampitheartre and went about performing there!
It was great to get the pupils out of the room, myself into an area of teaching I have always been scared of and develop the pupils’ knowledge of a complex concept!