There are lots of opportunities for children to engage with the performing arts at school. English lessons often incorporate drama as a hook for writing, a way of retelling familiar stories and to explore characters.
Each winter reception children create and perform in a traditional nativity in front of their families, this is often children’s first experience of being on stage and speaking to an audience. Year 2 also perform on stage in the autumn term, this play usually relates to their current topic. We have heard many pirate themed songs over the years!
In the Spring term year 4 take to the stage with a topic themed production, recent performances have included topics such as WW2, recycling and familiar stories such as James and the Giant Peach.
In our final term year 6 take to the stage with their end of year production. Performances are usually musically themed. Children create the entire production from costume making, writing programmes, set construction and of course the acting and singing.
As well as theatrical performances, classes create weekly assemblies where short scripts are learnt and children share work they have been learning about in class. Class assemblies are performed to parents on a weekly basis.