Welcome to Drama at St George’s! A very busy department that is open to all.
Drama is excellent for developing children’s listening and speaking skills, and is especially useful for helping with any form of public speaking. Drama can assist children with their self-confidence, allowing everyone a chance to get involved, whether performing or backstage or both. It really teaches them how to express themselves and supports emotional development too.
You don’t have to be a budding thespian in order to take part in productions as all children at St George’s are involved, and all participants equally valued. Every child has the opportunity to take part in a school production; in the Lower School (Nursery – Y2) children perform in their annual year group nativity and in the Upper School (Y3 – Y6) all children perform in their own year group play.
In the Lower School drama is used to enhance the curriculum, with children taking part in a number of activities that use language and actions to explore and convey situations, characters and emotions. Drama is linked to every subject and activities include: circle time, role play, hot seating and performance.
In the Upper School lessons support the curriculum in a variety of ways, so as well as learning key drama skills, learning in subjects such as English, History and Topic are augmented. Year Four pupils have one timetabled drama lesson a week. In Year Five and Six we have introduced a split music and drama session as part of the weekly timetable; this allows us to give a higher profile to drama, music and dance and to develop drama skills. Working in smaller split groups means that Y5 are able to learn about film and have a go at filming from a film script, as well as learning about working backstage and technical theatre aspects, such as operating the lights. Y6 are able to work on script writing in small groups, with the chance to perform their own original plays.
Drama Clubs are offered as part of our After School Enrichment Activity programme, such as ‘Advanced Drama Skills’ and ‘Theatre Tech Club’. In addition, pupils participate in drama workshops and have the chance to see live theatre from visiting theatre companies, as well as theatre trips. Year Six can elect to enrol in a ten week course to prepare them for a LAMDA Drama examination during the Spring Term, and they also get to perform in a showcase for parents and friends.
Drama is a subject to be enjoyed and is an enormously wide learning and teaching medium which is an integral part of the curriculum.