Drama is taught by specialist teachers to all children from Nursery to Year 6. It initially focuses the children’s raw energy into organised and structured drama. Children are encouraged to engage with the characters and roles using improvisation, mime and story-telling to create their own simple texts and scenes. They are also encouraged to look at their work from the perspective of the audience and to practise constructive criticism. They learn to express themselves in a clear thought-out manner, working on articulation and diction as well as clarity of movement.
By the time children reach Year 6, the aim is to be able to create and perform effective pieces of drama using a variety of skills and techniques. Children work with scripts, understanding and performing set texts. Performance techniques enable children to feel confident and at ease with an audience.
There are opportunities for pupils of all ages to perform to a wider audience each year in assemblies, productions and concerts. A major production takes place in the pupils’ final term at the School, combining work from both Music and Drama.
Individual Speech and Drama lessons, including the opportunity to take LAMDA examinations, are taught by peripatetic teachers before and after the school day.