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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

SMSC in Drama

Drama lessons can provide valuable opportunities for pupils to develop their social, moral, spiritual, and cultural (SMSC) awareness. Here are some ways that drama lessons can promote SMSC:

Encourage empathy and understanding through role-playing: Pupils can use role-playing to explore and understand different perspectives, emotions, and experiences. This can help develop empathy and promote social and moral development.


Develop critical thinking skills through scripted discussions and debates: Scripted discussions and debates can be used to explore ethical and moral issues, encouraging pupils to think critically and form their own opinions.


Promote cultural awareness through exploring diverse cultures and traditions: Drama lessons can include the exploration of different cultural traditions and celebrations, helping pupils to understand and appreciate the diverse cultures in the world.


Encourage spiritual reflection through storytelling and scriptwriting: Drama lessons can involve writing and performing stories and scripts that encourage pupils to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs, promoting spiritual development.


Teach values through scripted scenarios: Scripted scenarios can be used to explore and teach values such as kindness, honesty, and responsibility. Pupils can act out these scenarios, allowing them to understand and internalise these values.


By integrating SMSC into drama lessons, teachers can provide pupils with engaging and enjoyable opportunities for personal and social development. Drama lessons can also help pupils to develop their creative skills, communication skills, and confidence, making them well-rounded individuals.

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