Activity 1 Consider discoveries about how the arts can be used to explore and communicate beliefs and ideas.
How is school Collective Worship an opportunity for different artforms to be used to explore and communicate about important issues, school values and ethos?
- Can pupils think of examples where this has been done?
- How could the dramatic arts be used effectively to enrich these aspects of learning and school community life.
Many organisations use the arts and theatre in education to support schools with Collective Worship, Character Education and RE.
Some examples include:
- Barnabas in Schools – exploring Christianity creatively
- Wintershall Education Collective Worship – Biblical drama-based school assemblies and Virtues Enquiry through Drama
Activity 2 Be a Virtues/Values Detective
WATCH Divide pupils into groups and look at the series of video clips about exploring Values from The Life of Christ. Ask pupils to identify either dialogue or actions that are evidence for values or virtues being expressed. Examples below
Activity 3 Using Biblical drama to communicate virtues and values
Activity 3a: WATCH interviews with members of the Wintershall cast talking about how the production helps them understand more about the virtues that Jesus and his followers modelled and recognise the impact of biblical drama on their own lives. Examples below.
Activity 3b: Give each group a school value and related scripture to explore using the Arts.
Pupils could create a workshop for a school or youth assembly that could help other people use drama to explore the values.
Wintershall Bible Drama workshop material within the ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ resources offers ideas and methodology.