At Riversdale Primary School, we believe that through drama, pupils are given the opportunity and encouragement to develop and demonstrate their creative talents. As with all arts, drama involves imagination and feeling, and helps children make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter. Through engagement in drama, pupils apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences. Their increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work enables them to effectively shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses, making use of language, space, symbol, allegory and metaphor. In addition, the exploration of the world through drama encourages children to challenge and to question but also has the potential to bring about social change.
Drama offers opportunities for participation and entertainment as well as learning and development. Good drama teaching will result in pupils learning about dramatic form and the content it explores. Across the curriculum, with particular emphasis on English, pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of drama activities, including theatre visits to develop cultural appreciation, dance workshops and clubs, and musical workshops. The use of drama as an informative tool has also been highly successful during school themed days, such as Internet Safety Day.
Pupils undertake one drama lesson per week from Reception through to Year 6. In addition, the school celebrates pupils’ drama work in two performances each year: Christmas Nativities staged by each Phase Group and one class assembly, which is scheduled at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, Year 6 stage a Leavers’ Production as their final opportunity to share their talents with the Riversdale community. All pupils are actively involved in these performances and take on their own acting role, but many also take on additional support roles such as set designing and prop making, allowing them to understand the various aspects of developing and staging a production. Each performance takes place on the school's recently renovated stage which makes use of professional standard lighting and sound systems.
Please find our Drama policy below: