THEATRE OF DEBATE

DIGITAL DRAMA

Resources

Breathing Country has been developed in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering
and supported by the
Wellcome Trust and Central YMCA.

The materials are designed to complement the science curriculum for 11–16 year olds (key stages 3 and 4),
but can be used as revision or extension activities with other key stages.

How to download the Resources. You can download each file individually by selecting the relevant links
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Preparatory Lessons

The preparatory lessons are to support the use of the ‘Breathing Country’ audio play/podcast in your school.
The suggested lessons are designed to provide your students, with an opportunity to clarify and deepen their understanding of the issues raised by the podcast.

Breathing Country podcast prep Pack 22_10_09

Lesson 1 – English Key stage 4

This lesson uses an extract from the play as a stimulus

Objectives
  • To identify examples of subjective and objective language
  • To understand the effect of bias in written communication
  • To explore different modes of communicating one idea
  • To write persuasively.
1 Breathing Country English Lesson

Lesson 2 – PSHE and Citizenship Key Stage 4

This lesson uses drama techniques to explore issues of mental wellbeing as presented in ‘Breathing Country’.

Objectives
  • To understand the nature of panic attacks
  • To engage emotionally with issues that the individual may not have experienced
  • To use research to inform dramatic exploration
  • To work as a group to explore sensitive issues
  • To develop performance skills.
2 Breathing Country PSHE Lesson

Lesson 3 – ICT Key stage 4

This lesson requires students to use the internet to research a topic and to transfer information from the web into a PowerPoint presentation.

Objectives
  • To select relevant information from online sources
  • To develop presentation skills
  • To learn to use PowerPoint as an aid to public presentation.
3 Breathing Country ICT Lesson

Lesson 4 –Drama Key Stage 4

This lesson uses drama techniques to explore the emotional life of the characters from Breathing Country.

Objectives
  • To explore the text and to devise work based on Breathing Country
  • How to create, interpret and communicate a role or character
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to achieve shared dramatic intentions
  • Drama within its social, cultural and historical context.
4 Breathing Country Drama Lesson

Lesson 5 – Science Key Stage 4

This lesson requires students to conduct a research exercise.

Objectives
  • To enable students to gain an understanding of what role research plays in the development of science
  • To enable students to gain insight and knowledge of the issues surrounding the Electronic Patient Record and its practical application.
5 Breathing Country Science Lesson

Lesson 6 - Religious studies Key Stage 4

This lesson gives students the opportunity to explore what the major religions have to say about suicide.

Objectives
  • To explore the emotional effects of suicide on the characters in Breathing Country
  • To develop an understanding of the religious perspectives on suicide and how these may or may not help people suffering with mental illnesses
  • To engage empathetically with issues surrounding mental health.
6 Breathing Country RS Lesson

Article 1 - Use with Lesson 1

An unhealthy invasion of privacy for use with Lesson 1
Article 1 An unhealthy invasion of privacy

Article 2 - Use with Lesson 1

Researchers are not a threat to NHS patient privacy for use with Lesson 1
Article 2 Researchers are not a threat to NHS patient privacy

Article 3 - Use with Lesson 2

Panic attacks for use with Lesson 2
Article 3 Panic Attacks

Article 4 - Use with Lesson 5

Sample questionnaire for use with Lesson 5
Article 4 Sample Questionnaire

Article 5- Use with Lesson 6

Religion and suicide for use with Lesson 6
Article 5 Religion and suicide

Discussion trigger 1

Does approaching someone to ask them to take part in research invade their privacy?
Discussion Trigger 1 Privacy

Discussion trigger 2

Is the security of our medical history compromised by EPR?
Discussion Trigger 2 Security

Discussion trigger 3

Do we have a responsibility to the NHS?
Discussion Trigger 3 Responsability

Discussion trigger 4

Should we think more carefully about the information we share about ourselves?
Discussion Trigger 4 Sharing

Discussion trigger 5

How do stigmas surrounding mental illness affect us?
Discussion Trigger 5 Stigma
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