“Creativity in education is as important as literacy, and we need to give it the same status”
– Sir Ken Robinson, National Education Policy Maker
If you want to teach english literacy, the medium of instruction in your school is english. If you want to skill students with the capacity for creativity to the same level, the medium of instruction in the school needs to be creative. Drama speaks the language of creativity, and schools and their staff can be empowered with its tools and methods.
Our experience over the last 10 years with over 1000 teachers and 30+ schools, has proved that drama based methods are highly transferable and of great value to the educators who use them and bring about long lasting transformations to the learners who experience them. Our programmes are designed to permanently embed the capability for deploying drama based learning methods as a regular and ongoing part of the schools teaching and learning practices.
Drama methods across Primary School
The primary years lay the foundations of a child’s growth as a healthy and positive individual. Teaching and learning through drama adds value to this process as ‘learning’ happens by ‘doing’.
This programme provides the Primary Department of your School with drama-based methods to be used by the Primary Teachers to enhance learning in any subject they teach in the classroom. Learners experience drama not as a class or period, but as a practice and method used by their different teachers across the timetable.
The programme works with the school coordinators and curriculum teams to provide the toolkit, assist with adaptation to the curriculum across grades 1-5, and give the department assessment processes that clearly demonstrate 21st century learning goals. Throughout, the program is designed to ensure that the skills and methodologies can be self-perpetuated by the primary department into the indefinite future.
This is done over two years, through workshops, observations, feedback sessions, planning sessions, resource sharing and community participation.
- Engage with the curriculum through experiential learning
- Experience drama activities in multiple classes which helps develop 21st century learning skills
- Progress faster to develop personal skills in line with the School’s Values or Learner Profiles
- Be introduced to individual learner approaches to get all students engaged .
- View teaching and learning from a different perspective
- Be more innovative and teach in more unconventional ways
- Develop a wider range of skills and techniques eg. how to organise group work effectively; how to lead discussions; how to use questioning skills etc.
- Develop a deeper understanding of how learning happens in a differentiated classroom
Curriculum and Coordination:
- Integrate the curriculum using drama methods and techniques hence making it more engaging for the learners
- Develop assessment tools to demonstrate development of the learners in line with Primary School curriculum requirements
- Culminating outcomes to showcase in learner portfolios or in performances
- Identifying drama-leaders who can be cultivated to monitor the program in future years
- Setting up a culture of curriculum planning which includes regular use of drama based methods throughout.
- Handbook with tools and methods for all teachers at each stage of the program
- School coordinator manual with stage by stage Implementation strategies and guidance
- Outlines for Rubrics and Assessment to be implemented across Year 2
- Reviewing relevant lesson plans of teachers that contain drama strategies (during observation)
- Individual Feedback and Reporting for the 24 teachers
- Post workshop report
- School and teacher certifications on completion of relevant stages.