Drama is seen as an integral part of student learning at St. John’s. It is used as a method of exploration regarding self, relationships, and the world around us and as a support to the curriculum in general.
Drama at St. John’s reflects the whole school policy in terms of moral and spiritual health, values and aspirations. Drama offers students experiences, which interest, inform, challenge and entertain. Methods will include games, role-play, improvisation, hot seating, in role writing and drawing, mime, movement and trust exercises.
Narrative drama is particularly important to mixed ability teaching. Sensory drama provides access to the full range of ability. Drama at St. John’s should and does operate as a discreet subject in its own right.
The main aims of Drama at St. John’s are:
- To use imagination with belief and feeling.
- To create drama with conviction and concentration.
- To respond to their own work and that of others.
- To express ideas and feelings effectively using a range of skills.
- To understand and use dramatic concepts.
- To recall and evaluate their work and that of others.
Drama sessions may be taught in the classroom or the specialist drama areas. Methods of delivery will be through individual, pair, small group and whole group sessions. Support staff will necessarily be required to join the drama as much as possible.
Students will be given opportunity to forward their own ideas and to develop and communicate these. They will work in mixed ability and mixed gender groups. Source or stimulus material will be drawn from a wide variety of cultures and will be related to cross-curricular themes and approaches.
Drama sessions may be taught with the help of every day school equipment and specialist equipment such as exists at present.