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40 Creative Ideas for using Drama in RE

 

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40 Creative Ideas for using Drama in RE aims to help you engage your pupils in the RE curriculum by making key, abstract concepts come to life. Written by Brian Radcliffe, each idea gives a variety of ways of  using drama to invigorate your teaching of RE. Simple ideas to involve pupils and let them experience RE through drama. Suitable for all ages.

 

01 - Human Sculpture

In this Creative Idea pupils act as sculpture and sculptor to learn about Biblical Characters called by name by God.

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02 - Forum Theatre

Forum theatre is a technique that explores alternative answers to the question, ?What happens next?? and invites pupils to consider the different consequences that might ensue.

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03 - Human Lego

A Great Creative Idea that allows pupils to work together to re-enact scenes and events from religious texts.

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04 - Attitude Grid

A Creative Idea that explores attitudes using mime.

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05 - Split Stage

A fantastic Creative Idea that utilises 'split staging' to explore a parable of Jesus.

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06 - Still images to examine character

Ideas for exploring characters and creating significant moments from Bible stories, or inspirational Christians.

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07 - Suitcase for a journey

Who owns the suitcase, what can we learn about them and their journey? Pupils can explore characters and their stories.

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08 - Tour guide

By becoming tour guides, or being guided, pupils explore a religious location.

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09 - Conscience alley

Developing different points of view around an issue or moral dilemma.

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10 - Gesture

What is the place of gesture and ritual in worship? Experiencing gesture and its possible meaning.

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11 - Multiple personality

What are the dilemmas facing some biblical characters? Pupils explore duality of word and thought.

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12 - Role on the wall

Investigating a wide range of characters. Works especially well when there is a dichotamy of personality, popularity or opportunity.

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13 - Phone call

Particularly suitable for engaging pupils with responses to surprising events and for embedding the details of a story.

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14 - Spectrum

Expressing an opinion can be difficult for some pupils. This technique enables them to progress step by step from action to verbalisation.

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15 - Sporting commentaries

Getting inside the action of a story or event.

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16 - Still images to depict narrative

A way of helping pupils to remember the details of a narrative sequence.

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17 - Thought tracking

Excellent for helping pupils bring to life every character in a role play, with attention given to motivation and response.

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18 - TV news item

Exploring stories from a number of different viewpoints.

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19 - A different audience

Summative activities for which pupils need a clear grasp of essential knowledge.

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20 - Adverts

Reinforce previous learning by transferring key features into another medium.

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21 - Ceremony

Good for bringing a topic to a close, giving infinite creative potential.

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22 - Choral speaking

Works well with poetic sections of the Bible such as Psalms.

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23 - Documents

What can we learn from documents and what effect can they have on those who handle them?

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24 - Entrances and exits

This technique helps to develop a character, establishing their past and their future and placing an individual scene from a story in the context of the whole.

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25 - Using masks

Going beyond facial expression to show emotions.

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26 - Machines

Using the idea of machines and repeated actions to understand situations.

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27 - Puppets 1

Puppets can be used to perform a story or narrative, or to discuss events they may have encountered.

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28 - Puppets 2

Using puppets to explore feelings and emotions.

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29 - Quiz show

Quizzes can be a good way of summing up learning. There are a variety of possible formats.

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30 - Slow motion

Slow motion allows pupils to explore moments of tension in a story.

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31 - Sound tracking

By creating the sound track for a story pupils explore the sequence and mood of a story.

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32 - Status levels

Who are the most important characters and who the least? How does the status of characters change during the events?

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33 - Taking turns

Ideal for reminding pupils of previous learning and questions this might raise.

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34 - This is your life

Summing up a person's life by using the format of the popular TV series.

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35 - TV station

Bring together drama work from during the year.

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36 - Hot seating

Good for reviewing learning, how does a character studied answer questions from the class?

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37 - Interviews

Using interviewing techniques to explore characters and stories.

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38 - Weather forecast

Both literal weather in narratives and weather reflecting mood or emotions.

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39 - Write a name

Exploring names and words connected with a topic.

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40 - Gossip Circle

Exploring characters and personalities of character (biblical or historical).

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