Using Drama Strategies to Develop
Content & Language for Writing
Since 2015, the school has expanded its
drama in education programme. Drama strategies are inflused into English
writing lessons for pupils in primary 2 to 6. Pupils use drama strategies such
as “freeze frame”, “hot-seating” and “role on the wall” to generate ideas for
writing. Teacher will then facilitate the discussion in class to help pupils
generate ideas and richer language for writing.
Pupils creating a freeze frame of a
problem in the story
The students from primary 1 to 3 go through a number of Process Drama lessons per term; whereby drama is used as a means to explore the story or a social issue providing students with an enriching language experience.
The use of drama in teaching provides pupils with the experience of exploring social behaviour and the values that underpin it. Through the improvised drama process, pupils can investigate a wide range of real and imagined social issues through the safety of assumed roles or situations.
It is an extremely useful tool in nurturing concerned citizens as it focuses on character and citizenship education. Working within a story (Process Drama) provides a safe and non-threatening environment for students to explore abstract and difficult social issues (such as bullying, rejection).
The drama lessons promote collaborative learning and creative problem solving as students take on different roles and perspectives to help the characters in the story overcome a problem.
School-wide Process Drama & Character Education for Primary 1 to 6
Since 2014, the school has embarked
on an annual school wide process drama and character and citizenship education
Pupils from every class will
explore the themes that are related to character education through a story.
They work in groups, take on different roles to explore complex themes such as
forgiveness, second chances, acceptance and selflessness.