Pantomime (ages 11-12)

This scheme of work explores the Christmas tradition of pantomime, introducing students to the stock characters and phrases. The students will learn to understand the importance of exaggerated body language, facial expressions and gestures, along with audience generated sound effects. The scheme culminates in the adaptation of a piece of text – Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – into a pantomime.

The scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Introducing pantomime. Understanding the basic elements of pantomime with the help of ‘The Chinese Mime’ game.
  • Lesson 2: Exaggerated characters. Learning the vocal and movement skills necessary to create a pantomime character.
  • Lesson 3: Exaggerated movement. Development of body language, facial expressions and mime skills using scenarios and frozen pictures.
  • Lesson 4: Sounds. Creating group sound effects and sonomimes.
  • Lesson 5: Creating a pantomime from a story. Class read through and discussion of ideas for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
  • Lesson 6: Assessment – Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Students perform in a practical assessment based on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Supporting materials include

  • “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” adapted for Pantomime

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The scheme of work is supplied as a PDF file, readable on most computers.

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