A main aim of our drama curriculum is to develop students who can use their voice, movement, gestures, and facial expressions confidently. Through strategies of improvisation, acting, mime, and dance drama, students grow their personal and social skills while also building their insight and understanding.
Drama contributes in a unique way to the learning process. Its uniqueness lies in its immediacy and gives students a high amount of control over their learning as they manage information, make decisions, and solve problems. Drama draws upon their own experience of the world and then extends it. It activates feelings and the imagination, and it encourages creativity while allowing students to work both alone and collaboratively with others.
Drama is a powerful means of bringing knowledge to life, and it engages emotions and intellect. It involves attempts to explore, develop, and express ideas that help to make sense of reality.
Drama develops students as individuals by:
- building an awareness of the self and others
- creating relationships among peers, teachers, other adults, and wider audiences
- boosting confidence in one's own abilities, through verbal and non-verbal communication
- encouraging participants to evaluate their achievements as individuals and to evaluate the achievements of others.
Drama develops students as contributors to society by:
- encouraging mutual respect, sharing, and a sense of responsibility
- exploring issues in a safe environment, through negotiation and problem-solving
- enhancing understanding and appreciation of society
- empathising with another person’s life in another situation
Drama develops students as contributors to the economy and environment by:
- becoming knowledgeable about working in the world of drama and theatre
- developing awareness of the related economy through specific situations and scenarios, using text and improvised approaches
- encouraging enquiry and critical thinking on a range of local and global issues