Drama is taught as a discrete subject which also lends itself to cross-curricular links, particularly in relation to English.
What can pupils learn from doing drama? The skills are numerous. Drama helps to develop:
- pupils’ self-confidence and sense of self-worth
- pupils’ respect and consideration for each other
- the imaginative and creative processes
- the capacity to express ideas and feelings
- listening and responding skills
- the ability to follow instructions
- oral and physical skills, including using language and movement
- the ability to work constructively as a member of a group/team and build upon skills attained through enquiry, communication, cooperation, leadership and negotiation
- pupils’ emotional learning and empathy.
Drama also provides the opportunity to learn new skills and to discover new talents but most importantly, drama activities are fun – making them enjoyable and memorable.
The our drama curriculum allows the children the opportunity to participate in a variety of drama-based lessons including discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates throughout the year. These include activities such as:
- writing and performing a speech
- poetry recitals and competitions
- Shakespearean studies and role play, including an opportunity to watch the Young Shakespeare Company perform
- ‘Perform’ workshops
- theatre trips
- pantomime visits to school.
Every two years, the children put on a school production. This includes auditions, call-backs, double casting, understanding stage directions, learning scripts, developing characterisation, performing songs and following choreographic routines.
Previous school productions have included: Bugsy Malone, Jungle Book, Aesop’s Fables, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.