Why Study Drama?
At King's Hall we believe Drama is a valuable subject in its own right and is an effective vehicle to learn about the world around us. All children have a weekly drama lesson where creative expression and imagination is encouraged through practical activities.
The emphasis is on encouraging all students to become skilled in the use of and knowledge of the art form, indeed, developing performance skills is only one aspect of the work in the drama syllabus, fascinating though this may be; developing confident and thoughtful children who use drama to help them understand and develop themselves is considered of even greater importance.
At King’s Hall the teaching of drama balances three important strands:
Drama is used as a vehicle for the learning of key life skills including:
To be able to express themselves with confidence and conviction, focus, teamwork, co-operation, listening, negotiating, empathy, problem solving, communicating, humour, reflection and evaluation.
Drama is also used to:
- Explore issues in our world
- To develop a sense of morality and values
- To develop the imagination
- To support learning in other subject areas
Drama lessons will:
- Explore a theme
- Allow students to develop knowledge of dramatic techniques, skills, forms and convention,
- Give experience and understanding of drama conventions so students are prepared for Key Stage 4 GCSE drama course
In addition to the opportunities created as part of class Drama, children are given the opportunity to perform to an audience. All are encouraged to take part in our hugely popular productions in Year 4, 6 and 8. If a child is willing to devote time and energy then they will not be turned away, with auditions used solely to assign roles. Recent productions have involved ensemble work, choral speaking, music and dance.
For those older pupils who enjoy the technical side, there are also opportunities to play a part, operating lights, sound, prompting or screen projections.
Past productions have included: 'Peter Pan,' 'The Lion King Junior,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,' 'Macbeth,' 'The Monster That Ate 3B,' 'Bugsy Malone' and 'The Dracula Rock Show.'
Speech and Drama
For those pupils wishing to go beyond the curriculum, we offer Speech and Drama lessons as an optional extra. The children taking these lessons have the opportunity to prepare for examinations and to showcase their work to parents and friends in Speech and Drama Concerts in the Arts Centre.
Speech and Drama is a subject which can benefit children of all abilities, developing self-confidence, self-discipline and creativity. It can extend the most able, as well as offering less academic children an opportunity to excel. Speech and Drama supports the English school curriculum and children learn to talk intellectually about their chosen pieces. Children have the opportunity to create and develop their own ideas through discussion, mime, role play, directing and games and can work towards examinations.
Children can choose from a selection of exams depending on their age including Spoken English, Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance, Acting, Devised Performance and Mime. Taking an exam allows them to perform their chosen pieces and to answer questions verbally, demonstrating their understanding of the text and theory, in front of an examiner.