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Drama

Drama at Edge Grove is a key part of the school curriculum and life at the school.

We consider Drama to be very important for the personal development of each child throughout the school and everyone has the opportunity to participate in a production during the school year.  

Every pupil in Years 3-8 have a dedicated, principally practical, 50-minute lesson every week. Here they learn the key skills about improvisation, scripts and theatre styles along with transferable skills such as creativity, confidence, cooperation, leadership and presentation.

In the Pre Prep, Drama is integrated throughout their lessons through role plays and teacher in role. In the Summer term all Early Years are involved in a Summer Concert. Year 1 pupils produce the Nativity and Year 2 pupils perform in the main school Assembly Hall to showcase their talents on the bigger stage.

In The Lower School, Year 3 and 4 perform in a Christmas Pantomime. All Year 4 pupils have a speaking part in this with Year 3 making up the chorus.

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Year 5 produce a non-musical play in the Spring Term with every pupil taking part and performing on stage.

In Years 6-8 pupils are encouraged to be part of the Summer production and not only get a chance to act, sing and dance but they also can work back stage with lighting, props, sound and set design.

We also have an Advanced Drama group which is made up of our scholars and pupils who take a real interest in the subject. They have the opportunity to develop their own plays, learn about drama practitioners and work closely with the lower years to help in their productions.

Every pupil in the school has an opportunity to attend the theatre every year be it a local or West End production.

Aims of our Drama Lessons:
 

  • Develop pupils’ self-confidence and self-worth by creating a supportive and constructive learning environment.
  • Develop pupils’ respect and consideration for each other by encouraging turn-taking, acknowledgement of ideas, appropriate and safe behaviour and focused listening.
  • Develop imaginative and creative processes and responses by involving pupils in a range of drama methods and activities.
  • Develop the capacity to express ideas and feelings through drama by encouraging constructive responses to drama work, sharing ideas and selecting appropriate drama methods.
  • Provide drama opportunities to see and hear different types of performance and drama, such as TIE and teacher working in role.
  • Develop the ability to work constructively as a member of a group using skills of leadership, discussion, negotiation and the blending of different people’s ideas.
  • Develop oral and physical skills, including using language and movement appropriate to role, through drama activities and responding to drama.
  • Enable pupils to build on skills attained and to progress their emotional and practical achievements.
  • Offer pupils the opportunity to experience aspects of theatre by rehearsing and presenting their work to others.
  • Develop script reading and script writing skills through structured activities and lessons plans.
  • Encourage a positive school ethos.