Drama

Drama in the Lower School is taught through direct subject teaching but is also often integrated within a topic or another curriculum subject, especially English.


Our Aims

Through the teaching of Drama at Downsend, we aim to

  • Develop pupils’ respect and consideration for each other by encouraging turn-taking, acknowledgement of ideas, appropriate and safe behaviour and listening skills
  • 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 opportunities to see and hear different types of performance and drama
  • 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
  • Encourage a positive school ethos


Curriculum

Drama lessons are made up of three strands

  • writing and performing drama
  • improvisation and role play
  • responding to drama.

Conventions used in our lessons include

  • children working in role
  • hot-seating
  • freeze frame
  • tableaux
  • mime
  • communal voice
  • teacher-in-role

All children are encouraged to learn and use correct drama terminology when discussing ideas and expressing opinions on drama they have experienced or observed, including improvisations and performances given by other children.

 

Drama Teacher: Emily Friend