Bring Learning to Life through Drama and Performing Arts
Drama is often associated with play, especially play that involves pretending to be someone else. This act of ‘play’ is an important element of learning and Drama is playful in that it draws on and develops young people’s aptitude for learning about themselves and the world around them by pretending to be other people in other situations.
Drama is a powerful learning tool for teaching our students about different perspectives, it shows them how to have empathy, and it helps them to learn in a creative and exciting way. Drama is associated with artistic practices and has significance in a diversity of cultural contexts. As a curriculum subject we incorporate drama skills, knowledge and understanding from primary classes up to key stage 4. We work closely with the English curriculum to build cross-curricular links but to also support story-telling and knowledge and understanding of context.
Drama and performing arts include activities such as script writing, choral singing, movement and dance, improvisation, reading body language and emotional awareness, appreciation of theatre styles, genres and vocabulary as well as characterisation through masks, costumes, props, puppets and technology. We combine all this together to offer opportunities for our learners to continue to develop themselves and their learning through play.