Introduction to Drama

A flourishing arts curriculum at Sedbergh Preparatory School enables pupils to enjoy drama as a subject in its own right, and as a learning medium across the curriculum. Drama is a vital element of pupils’ entitlement to a balanced Arts Education.

Drama is essential to the development of key transferable skills including:  

  • Positive communication 
  • Expression  
  • Recognising and processing emotion  
  • Creative solutions  
  • Delivering constructive criticism

We actively explore a range of topics across the key stages, including but not limited to: 

  • Creating productions 
  • An introduction to Shakespeare 
  • Basics of stage craft 
  • Immersive theatre 
  • Acting for film and television 

The format of many of the lessons will follow three key areas: 

Creating: encompasses the many processes and activities employed when exploring, devising, shaping and interpreting drama.

Performing: covers the skills and knowledge displayed when enacting, presenting and producing dramas, including the use of theatre technology.

Responding: incorporates reflecting on both emotional and intellectual reactions to the drama. This reflection is deepened as pupils gain a knowledge and understanding of how drama is created.

To ensure breadth of study during each key stage, pupils should be taught the skills, knowledge and understanding required to make, perform and respond to drama through:

  • a broad range of stimuli, including artefacts, literature, non-fiction and non-literary texts such as photographs and video clips
  • working in groups of varying size and as a class
  • performing to a range of audiences
  • a range of genres and styles and via different media
  • seeing a variety of live and recorded performances from contrasting times and cultures
  • using ICT to explore and record ideas, research themes and enhance their production work