Virtues Enquiry Through Drama Aims and Objectives
This resource offers an inspiring portfolio of source material from ‘The Life of Christ’ production (film clips and images) within the ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’, creative learning methodology that:
- offers schools an intentional, planned and creative approach to delivering Character Education that pupils can apply to improvement of academic attainment, relationships and well-being (addressing priorities within RC Section 48 Inspection and C of E SIAMS framework 2018)
- supports schools in developing pupil’s virtues literacy through delivering opportunities for immersive, reflective and collaborative virtues learning experiences such as ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ workshops integrated into RE, PSHCE and Character Education lessons or as facilitated Pause days.
- can enrich a school’s ethos through facilitating accessible exploration of the theological basis, impact and connections for a selection of virtues from a Christian viewpoint.
- uses biblical drama as a tool for engaging pupil’s in deeper reflection on virtues to enrich a school’s theological and experiential understanding of their Christian Distinctiveness and its impact on community life.
- enables Character Education to be taught discreetly or integrated within existing RE enquiry teaching and learning units, PSHCE and Collective Worship.
- references best practise from existing Character Education frameworks and resources, including The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues framework (2017).
The ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ methodology and suggested uses within RE, Character Education and Collective Worship
The ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ material has been presented in a framework for learning that can be integrated into RE or PSHCE or delivered discreetly as part of a school’s Character Education and Collective Worship.
Please see the ‘Education Links’ for the specific links between the Virtues Enquiry Learning sessions and activities and SIAMS criteria, Section 48, Understanding Christianity and ‘Come and See’.
Each Virtues Enquiry unit is designed for flexible usage either:
- as a whole over a series of RE or Character Education/PSHCE lessons
- as a ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ Theme or Pause Day.
- by selecting a series of the learning activities to suit a particular objective or group of children explored
The material draws upon the aims and principles of The Jubilee Centre’s ‘Framework for Character Education in Schools’, the latest C of E SIAMS framework as well as RC Section 48. It also inherently reinforces the learning sequence within the ‘Understanding Christianity’ Resource of ‘Text, Impact and Connections’.
The methodology initiates concept cracking and detecting sources of evidence for virtues and values in everyday life. It takes a key Biblical text (fruit of the Spirit) and a dramatic interpretation of the text (‘The Life of Christ’ production) as the starting points for exploring each virtue from a Christian viewpoint. Pupils engage in biblical drama activities to explore the biblical context for the virtue and its impact on people who knew Jesus, as well as how this could be applied to their own experience.
The stages on the Virtues Enquiry through Drama learning journey are structured around the following headings: ‘Inspire, Explore, Reflect, Respond, Send (used for an assembly outline). Each learning focus and activity has a reflective outcome that can contribute to a final assembly presentation.
This is designed to make it easy to translate the outcomes of the learning journey into a quality Virtues themed assembly for pupils to share their learning experience with the rest of the school.