Pupils begin to develop drama skills at a very early age. In EYFS and Year 1 classroom role-play areas are set up, in which children can dress up and act out different situations in a creative environment. As they get older, children are encouraged to speak and listen to one another in different scenarios and for different purposes in a range of subjects across the curriculum. This also helps to increase their confidence and improve their communication skills.
In Years 4, 5 and 6, drama is taught as a separate lesson where a wide variety of games and activities are used including role-play, mime, hot-seating and improvisation to teach the dynamics of drama in a challenging yet enjoyable way.
At the end of the Summer Term, the Year 6 children have the opportunity to display the skills they have learned and talents they have honed, in the much anticipated and highly entertaining end of year production! The shows always include a high level of acting performance, with the school sports hall transformed into a spectacular theatre space, creating the perfect venue for each amazing event. Past productions have included Bugsy Malone, The Lion King JR, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Disney's Aladdin.
In addition to curriculum drama, private lessons are available as additional peripatetic provision. Pupils are entered for LAMDA Examinations and Drama Festivals and the ultimate aim is to give children the opportunity to develop the communication skills they need to be a success.
All aspects of performance are covered and the children are encouraged to recognise when it is appropriate to perform dramatically and when to be natural.
Exploring characters from poems, books and plays gives the children an opportunity to develop an understanding of different situations and how these different situations will make people feel and react. This is valuable in encouraging empathy.
Mrs Jan Lyon, Speech and Drama Teacher