Children love Drama in the Prep School. Our approach to this subject offers pupils the opportunity to flourish outside their academic studies and truly celebrates performance skills and self-expression. We recognise Drama as both a vibrant and powerful art form in its own right as well as a perfect medium for cross-curricular learning. We believe that all pupils have an entitlement to be taught Drama throughout their time at the School, and we ensure that the subject has prominence within both the creative curriculum and our curriculum for English. Drama at Lingfield helps pupils to make sense of themselves and the world they inhabit, while developing a range of dramatic skills which will enrich their creative experiences.
Our aim is to provide experiences and learning which will enable children to:
- participate in a wide range of Drama activities and be actively involved in their own learning
- create, adapt and sustain different roles, both individually and in groups
- express ideas and feelings, and develop their empathy with others
- work positively with difference
- build self-confidence and raise self-esteem
- use characterisation, action and narrative to convey story, themes, emotions and ideas in devised and scripted plays
- explore literature through Drama
- improve and develop their oral skills
- be aware of dramatic conventions
- evaluate their own and others contributions to the overall effectiveness of performance
- appreciate Drama in performance, both as participants and spectators
From Reception to Year 5 classes enjoy one 30-minute (40 minutes for Year 6) timetabled lesson per week led by a specialist teacher. Sessions take place in the Drama Studio or in the Assembly Hall. Each class has the opportunity to take part in a formal presentation before an audience and extra time is allocated for rehearsals. Drama clubs run termly and a Drama workshop for interested and able pupils runs for one term. The 'In the Wings' group, to encourage confidence and self-awareness, also runs for one term.
Planning and Organisation
Sessions are structured in different ways according to the age and experience of pupils. Reception classes are heavily teacher-led and more rigidly structured, while Year 6 sessions offer the pupils more control over the form and development of their work. While the themes for the younger classes are chosen to provide a variety of creative experiences, the older pupils benefit from a cross-curricular approach.
Pupils demonstrate excellent levels of musical knowledge and ABILITY, which is evident in their drama productions.
KS1 Nativity - The Landlord's Cat, December 2021
Yr 3/4 Minibeasts & Mayhem, March 2021