We believe that quality drama enables pupils to apply their own imaginations and draw on their own personal experiences and allows pupils to explore the world of people from other places, times and cultures, and to examine differences and similarities with their own environment. Both improvised and scripted drama provides a strong stimulus for writing, and can result in work that features more effective vocabulary, striking imagery, pace and style. Drama is a social activity requiring pupils to communicate, co-operate, and collaborate. In this respect it makes a particular contribution to PSHE.
To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in drama
• to build on pupils’ natural and learned ability to speak in front of other people
• to develop pupils’ ability to create, perform and evaluate drama
• to introduce children to the language and vocabulary of the theatre
• to contribute towards children’s learning in non-arts subjects
We utilise a range of drama both within English and other lessons but also in dedicated sessions with an external drama teacher. All children have the opportunity every year to participate in a school production. In English lessons, techniques such as role-play, teacher in role, freeze-frames and other activities are used to support children’s understanding of texts and to further support their writing.
The children will have developed both their knowledge and experience of drama but will be able to communicate with more confidence across the curriculum and to a range of audiences.