As with all the arts, engagement in Drama and creative opportunities can transform the way children learn and explore the world around them. It can change the way that children view themselves as well as helping them to develop specific skills. During Drama lessons children are able to overcome inhibitions through participation in ensemble practical activities in a comfortable and playful environment.
Each term Drama workshops are used to support pupils’ preparation for the Prose, Speech and Poetry Competitions as part of the English syllabus and a large number of pupils take LAMDA classes with our external private LAMDA teachers.
Drama is taught as a timetabled lesson from Reception to Year 6. These lessons comprise exercises and workshops based on essential Dramatic devices. Performances stemming from the children's class-work take a 'Revue style' format, with small groups from within classes performing sketches and scenes.
There are six productions each year and every pupil has a chance to be involved in the world of Theatre. In the Autumn Term we have the Junior Show and December also hosts the Pre-Prep and EYLFS Nativity. This involves all children from the Nursery to Class Two. In February the Form Ones perform their own play linked with topics they are studying in the classroom.
The School Musical is an annual event, which involves children from the top two years and takes place at the end of the Spring Term. Auditions for the production happen before Christmas, with rehearsals taking place in collaboration with the Music Department.
In the Summer Term it is the turn of both the Form Twos and the Shells. The Plays sometimes take part in various locations around the school grounds. This allows children to experience true theatre through the use of natural locations with minimised staging and limited props, with little or no amplification or lighting.