Drama at LMPS
Children like to move and to interact with others. In drama we ask them to do exactly this. Rather than sitting still and listening they are encouraged to move, speak and respond to one another. Students who are challenged by reading and writing (including those with English as a second language) often respond more positively to the imaginative and multisensory learning offered by drama. This in turn helps them develop such skills as creativity, enquiry, communication, empathy, self-confidence, cooperation, leadership and negotiation. Most importantly, drama activities are fun – making learning both enjoyable and memorable.
Drama is ideal for cross-curricular learning and is a valuable tool for use in many subject areas. In particular, drama develops literacy skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view. Dramatic activity motivates children to write for a range of purposes.
Drama gives children opportunities to explore, discuss and deal with difficult issues and to express their emotions in a supportive environment. It enables them to explore their own cultural values and those of others, past and present. It encourages them to think and act creatively, thus developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of learning. Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices – to participate in and guide their own learning.
It is exciting to be in charge of drama at LMPS as we have an incredibly talented team of pupils and staff who work very hard to produce shows of exceptional quality. In the summer term of 2017, LMPS put on a fantastic production of #happyeverafter. This was a whole school production involving actors, dancers, singers, musicians and stage crew. We performed the musical on the stage of the Gainsford theatre at Lytchett Minster School. It was a fantastic experience for all involved; as we had support from Lytchett Minster pupils and staff, members of the local community and parents. The quality of the performances by the pupils was incredibly high and all agreed it was a huge success.
Watch this space for news about our summer 2018 production – it also promises to be sensational!