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.

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.

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 classwork take a 'Revue style' format, with small groups from within classes performing sketches and scenes.

Performance is at the heart of our curriculum and we have regular Performing Arts Showcases where pupils perform drama, music and sometimes dance, as individuals or groups.

There are at least four larger 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. This has involved our year 5 children and we have opened our doors and invited children from the local community of the same age to come and join in with weekly rehearsals leading up to the production in December.

December also sees the Pre-Prep and Early Years Nativity, encompassing all children from the Nursery up to Class Two. The Pre-prep also perform poems or short scenes in our Performing Arts Showcases and in their own Summer Concert.

The School Musical is an annual event, which recently has been a whole school event, involving children from year 3 to year 8, with the older children taking on the lead roles. Recent such productions included ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. Auditions for the productions happen before Christmas, with rehearsals taking place in collaboration with the Music Department.

In the Summer term we have the Palace play and there is often also a Year 6 production which usually takes place outside. This allows us to make the most of our beautiful school grounds and the children get to experience true theatre through the use of natural locations with minimised staging and props, and with little or no amplification or lighting. 

Performing Arts Newsletter Spring 2020