Drama is an important part of the curriculum, where Speaking and Listening objectives from the national curriculum are tackled and extended. Teachers use opportunities to make meaningful cross-curricular links, for example, characters studied during History lessons, and issues around global warming are brought to life. Characters’ behaviour is observed, analysed and mimicked in different ways. Drama games, group work, physical theatre and improvisation are all ways in which the girls are given the opportunity to develop their skills and improve their confidence.
Every girl takes part in at least one production such as year group assemblies, to which parents are invited. In addition, the Harvest Festival, the Nativity in Pre-Prep, the Carol Service in Prep School are all annual events that enhance the calendar at Stormont School and are extremely memorable for all involved.
We inspire confidence to perform on stage and to step out of their comfort zone at times. As part of an all round education the Arts is important for the girls’ development and from the first half-term in Reception class all the girls start their journey on stage in our Harvest Festival for parents and invited guests.
Drama lessons take place weekly. Lessons for girls in Year Three and Five prepare them to take part in English Speaking Board exams, where girls develop confidence in public speaking, reciting poetry aloud and reading to an audience with fluency and expression. Girls enjoy learning from performances given by a range of modern and classic poets in order to adopt their style. Presentation skills are taught, ensuring girls leave Stormont as articulate, confident communicators.
In Year Six, girls have first-hand experience of writing their own script for the Leavers Production. Improvisations are recorded, critiqued and refined in order to produce the finished product.