Studying drama encourages pupils to develop their teamwork and communication skills, as well as to build their confidence and become accustomed to public speaking.
Lessons are designed to support the teaching of English as well as to offer children opportunities to appear on stage. In addition we try to develop cross-curricular links with other subjects.
Participating in drama encourages children to:
- Work together
- Speak and express ideas clearly
- Develop their imagination
- Develop listening and observational skills
- Understand various points of view
- Learn the historical background of the theatre
- Understand the structure of plays
- Create their own scenes and plays
- Understand and experience of the technical side of the theatre
- Develop an appreciation of drama and a habit of theatre-going
Public Speaking and Poetry Competitions are held each year for the older children, and the younger ones present programmes of scenes and poems on the Pre Hall stage.
Each Michaelmas term, we present a full scale musical play in the school's own theatre, The Redgrave.
Each Spring term, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School visits with a production and there are many opportunities for outings to theatres in Bristol including the Theatre Royal, the Hippodrome and the Redgrave. Some children perform in radio and television plays.
In the Lent term, children from Year 3 perform a play at the Redgrave Theatre. This gives them the chance to sing, act and dance on stage with lights, microphones and live music. It is always amazing to see the children develop and get so much out of the experience - including memories they will treasure for life.
Each summer term, all the Year 5 children appear in a show at the Redgrave. We have recently presented Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, the Rocky Monster Show, The Seven Sided Dice and The Curious Quest of the Sandman's Sand.
Dance lessons are also available as a co-curricular activity.