HPS - Drama Curriculum Aims
- Drama allows pupils to grow and develop physically, emotionally and intellectually.
- Using a variety of contexts, children will be able to explore issues and ideas with their peers, developing creativity, enhancing self-esteem and building confidence.
- Drama helps us understand our emotions, explore how to express them and empathise with others.
- All children perform twice a year at the Forum Theatre in the Christmas Show and at Speech Night.
- A specialist teaches drama in every year group.
Most children will come to school with imaginative play experience, through which they will have begun to explore aspects of the world around them. Drama is an extension of this familiar and powerful way of learning.
Through drama, children will assimilate learning skills – concentration, listening attentively and following instructions – by participating in fun, creative and imaginative activities. Children are encouraged to participate in discussions, offering their opinions and understanding that their opinion is respected.
As well as working as a whole class, we develop working in pairs and small groups, emphasising working constructively as a group member. We encourage children to constructively evaluate their own and other group performances, looking for strengths and areas that can be improved.
We measure the impact of the drama curriculum over time by assessing how much knowledge, skills and vocabulary have been acquired and retained, using photographs, video, pupil discussion opportunities and performance evaluations.