Celebrations were in full swing on Friday to mark the coronation of King Charles III. All the girls came to school in non-uniform red, white and blue, some wearing crowns,…
Drama, in the form of `make-believe play’, is a vital tool for any pre-school child allowing them to learn and understand the world around them.
At Stormont School, drama activities build on this learning. This helps the girls to make sense of their own identity and world by exploring meaningful fictional situations which have parallels in the real world. Through this we aim to develop and embed skills such as creativity, exploration communication, empathy, self-confidence, cooperation and leadership.
All girls at Stormont receive weekly drama sessions. In Reception, these are integrated activities within the Foundation Curriculum.
At Year 1 and 2, this is an oracy and drama class. This develops drama skills in vocal and body expressions and communications, as well as improvising and creating scenes within given themed situations. All Pre-Prep girls prepare performances for their class assemblies and the annual Nativity.
In Prep, all girls receive themed Drama lessons with a specialist teacher with our scheme incorporating and developing an eclectic mix of skills – characterisation, mime, improvisation, tableaux, movement, debate, delivering poems and monologues, scripted pieces, using props and staging.
Girls in Year 3 and 5 have the opportunity to use their drama learnt performance skills and prepare for the English Speaking Board exams. These exams and preparation lessons develop confidence in public speaking, reciting poetry, reading to an audience with fluency and expression and listening and questioning others on a given subject.
Girls, Year 2-6, are welcome to join the afterschool LAMDA classes to develop skills further and prepare for Acting Exams.
Throughout the year the girls can incorporate learnt skills when performing and presenting within School Assemblies, Harvest Festival, Class Assemblies, Pre-Prep Nativity, the Arts Festival, and the Year 6 Production.