Drama plays a significant role within Elms Bank Specialist Arts College. It is ideal for cross-curricular learning and is a valuable tool for use in many subject areas. In particular, drama develops literacy skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view. Drama gives young people opportunities to explore, discuss and deal with difficult issues and to express their emotions in a supportive environment. It enables them to explore their own cultural values and those of others, past and present. It encourages them to think and act creatively. Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices – to participate in and guide their own learning. Drama develops a pupil’s self-esteem, confidence and supports wider learning in essential areas such as communication, team work, independence and social interaction and there are many opportunities for pupils to participate at a variety of levels within all that is on offer at Elms Bank.
- To develop pupils’ self-confidence and self-worth by creating a supportive, constructive and positive learning environment.
- To develop pupils’ respect and consideration for each other by encouraging turn-taking, acknowledgement of ideas, appropriate and safe behaviour and focused listening.
- To develop imaginative and creative processes and responses by involving pupils in a range of drama methods and activities.
- To allow pupils to explore the variety of human emotions through a range of drama activities.
- Where possible, for pupils to become aware of and begin to use a variety of dramatic forms and techniques and to express ideas and feelings, such as mime, movement and costume.
- To provide a variety of opportunities to see and hear different types of performance and drama, such as Theatre in Education and Teacher in Role.
- Where applicable, to develop oral and physical skills, including language and movement appropriate to role, through drama activities and responding to drama.
- To enable pupils the opportunity to experience aspects of theatre by rehearsing and presenting their work to an audience.
- Where possible for pupils to develop the ability to work constructively as a member of the team, and understand what it means, through practice to be an effective team player.