Drama education will begin naturally with learning through dramatic play, and will eventually include many elements of theatre. Like the other arts, it will involve imagination and feelings and help children to make sense of the world.
Through engagement in drama, pupils will apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences. As the children progress through the school they will develop increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work, enabling them to shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses effectively, making use of language, space, symbol, allegory and metaphor.
Drama will focus mostly on English and literacy with the incorporation and the contribution made by activities such as professional performances and workshops. As with all subjects, it requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding which will be progressively taught and assessed through and across the key stages.
Performing will take place in many different spaces and pupils will be found responding to drama in many settings, including classrooms, when watching film or video , as well as in theatres and the school hall.
We will introduce LAMDA, an internationally recognised qualification whereby children will have a clear framework for their progression, integrated with whole-school assessment practices, to help them achieve the highest possible standards in drama and presentation, a skill that will stand them in good stead for later life. This scheme will be differentiated to take account of pupils’ differing abilities as well as examination requirements and, where appropriate, the drama elements of English and literacy, incorporating the contribution made by activities such as professional performances and workshops.