In the junior school, we are delighted to offer every class one dedicated lesson of drama a week. These lessons are linked with the topic work studied so that the pupils are able to explore excellent texts in a creative way which, in turn, leads to a variety of written tasks and performances. These performances include poetry, plays and prose both written by writers of great renown and also penned by the pupils themselves through workshops and improvisation.
In Upper Two (Year 6) the children study Shakespeare at some length and this is complemented in drama lessons by performances of scenes from several of the plays where the children are able to interpret the scenes themselves and visualise how they might be staged. Pupils in Upper Two (Year 6) perform in an end of year production which involves every pupil.
The department regularly organises theatre trips, professional drama workshops, and authors visits. Opportunities to take LAMDA examinations are also in place in Upper Two to prepare interested pupils for their move into the subject in senior school.