By Patrice Baldwin
Patrice Baldwin supplies an outline of ways drama hyperlinks to studying, instructing and the curriculum. it is going to support those that have to hook up with the reason for drama in and around the curriculum and who have to plan for it and clarify it to others when it comes to its necessity and impact.The publication deals assistance that might facilitate colleges' paintings on self-evaluation, getting ready for Ofsted, drawing up college improvement plans and drama guidelines. With exemplar classes for every of the yr teams throughout KS1-KS3, it is a hugely functional e-book that has anything to supply all who paintings in or with fundamental and secondary colleges.
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Children are predisposed to be cognitively and emotionally engaged by stories (all drama is story) and can enter into ‘storydrama’ through dramatic play, and later drama. It may involve re-enactment (which is engaging) but drama teachers will move drama well beyond straight re-enactment and support deeper engagement (through working in role and using drama forms). Teachers help keep a focus on what is of underlying human importance and relevance. g. using ‘freeze frame’) for deeper and shared consideration and exploration.
It allows distancing through role that can be calming, enabling, therapeutic and support reflective thinking. ‘It (drama) helps you by making you think really hard. You have to think hard because in role-plays you have to think what your character is feeling and what their emotions are like. You can let your mind go and clear your head full of worries, you can think better when you’re relaxed and I think that’s what drama does to you. Drama for me is mentally calming. Letting us get up and act and maybe show other people, could release stress so you would have less things on your mind, so you can think straight.
Year 9 drama teacher, Attleborough High School Q Many teachers use drama specifically and very successfully to raise standards in speaking and listening. In drama children can pretend to be anyone, anywhere, in any situation, with an imagined compelling, dramatic reason, to speak and listen in role. ‘Using a range of different expressions and language and with her ability to ad-lib she has surprised herself and us! g. a parent explaining to a child why they need to be evacuated (Unit 3, World War 2 (Evacuees)), or a bystander reporting when a child is being bullied (Unit 5, The Bystander).