Drama is part of English curriculum. It is used to encourage good speaking and listening, as a stimulus for high quality writing and to explore stories and character further within reading. We believe that high quality drama opportunities are not only enriching in themselves but can help raise standards and opportunities in all areas of the curriculum. Drama as an art form is inclusive and accessible to all pupils whatever their ability or cultural background. Children are encouraged to make, perform and respond in a variety of ways. They are encouraged to express themselves in different ways and to be confident to have a go at using different techniques and skills. Drama is widely used in many areas of the curriculum to enrich and enhance learning and understanding. Its use in history enhances the understanding of certain events and decisions that might have been made in the past. Children learn that things are not always as simple as they may have first thought.
We follow the English National Curriculum. Pupils are given regular opportunities to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles and respond appropriately to others. They are given opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.
All children have the opportunity to perform to varying degrees in a class assembly and Christmas play in each year group. These opportunities increase confidence and self esteem levels and give the children the opportunity to demonstrate specific drama skills and to show how it has enhanced their wider learning.
Our school positively encourages professional drama organisations to come and work with the children as well as local junior and secondary schools. Older pupils are given opportunities to work with younger children as drama leaders and their opinions on what we do are always important to us in our planning of quality drama.