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St Teresa’s School

St Teresa’s
School

Catholic Independent School and Pre-School
for Children aged 3-11

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0JW
Tel: 01844 345005 Email: office@st-teresas.bucks.sch.uk

Drama

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.