Staff at our school, are aware that drama is already a natural part of most children’s lives. Make-believe play occurs naturally for most children before they even join us at Ribbon. Drama allows them to make sense of their own identity by exploring meaningful fictional situations that have parallels with the real world. This can be utilised at school through structured play and drama to encourage pupils to learn actively and interactively throughout the primary years and across the curriculum.
Through integrating drama across all subject areas, we ask children to move and to interact with others on a regular basis. Moving, speaking and responding to one another, is an essential life skill and one we actively encourage. Most importantly, drama activities at Ribbon are fun, making learning both enjoyable and memorable.
Drama is perfect 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 also motivates children to write for a range of purposes.
Drama gives our 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; developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of learning (an indeed life!). Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices; to participate in and guide their own learning.
Each year, pupils at our school are invited to audition for our ‘End of Year’. Shows in the past have included Joseph, Mary Poppins and the most recent was titled ‘Step back in Time’. This year we aim to act our version of ‘Shrek’ which everyone is very excited about!