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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Drama: Movement-based characterisation
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Drama: Movement-based characterisation

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End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students create characters based on different ways of walking.

  1. Students explore various ways of walking through contrasting heavy/light, quick/slow, tall/short, forwards/backwards/sideways movements.
  2. They walk around the space as if they are being pulled by a string attached to a body part named by the teacher, eg nose, chin, elbow, stomach.
  3. Students choose one of the walks they have explored and develop a character based on this walk.
  4. They draw and/or describe their character.
  5. Students practise moving about the space as their character.
  6. They then meet another character and interact with them using mime.
  7. Students join with another pair to form a group of four.
  8. They interview or 'hot seat' the other members of their group to establish each character.

Prior learning

Students have explored movement in drama and have adopted a variety of roles. They have collaborated with others to improvise and devise group performances. Students have participated in warm-up activities to interact with their space.


Making (DRAS2.1)
Takes on and sustains roles in a variety of drama forms to express meaning in a wide range of imagined situations.
Making (DRAS2.2)
Builds the action of the drama by using the elements of drama, movement and voice skills.
Performing (DRAS2.3)
Sequences the action of the drama to create meaning for an audience.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • devising of drama in collaboration with others
  • use of the dramatic elements of contrast, space, focus and mood, to create meaning
  • adopting and sustaining of a role using movement, mime and improvisation.
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