This project involves pupils researching an issue which they feel strongly about; studying the history and conventions of rap; working in groups to produce their own lyrics set to rhythm; and culminates in a performance for an audience of their peers in the ‘Rap It Up’ Challenge. This project gives pupils the opportunity to discuss and think deeply about an important, topical issue and how to communicate their concerns or beliefs effectively using music to an audience.
Respect as an audience and resilience as performers are core values which are central to this project.
Students research, write and film a documentary about a chosen aspect of the local area. We explored the features of a documentary before learning about different filming and editing techniques. We then conducted some fieldwork and went to the sea front and filmed on location. As part of the filming, some groups conducted interviews with members of the public. The purpose was to show pride in the local area or investigate an issue which interested the group. This was then filmed on location and edited by students before presenting them to the class.
Students watch a section of the pilot of Friends and unpick the conventions of a TV drama. These conventions are used to create an idea for a new drama, which students continue to create and script. The key ideas of setting, characterisation and creation of drama are explored. Once complete, students then create a Dragons Den style pitch to sell their ideas to a local TV station.