“I loved saying all my lines and making people laugh.” Louis, Year 2
The main purpose of Drama at Solefield is to develop self-confidence, trust, working collaboratively and empathy, we understand that through creativity we can foster these skills. No matter what a pupil’s ability may be, their contributions are respected and appreciated.
The children love acting and thrive in drama lessons which are planned to develop character and self-belief. Timetabled lessons introduce pupils to improvisation, speaking in public, script writing and empathy. Learning to work as a team member is an essential skill which is developed.
As well as regular drama lessons, all our pupils participate in several performances every year to their parents, peers, staff and governors. This begins in the first few weeks for children joining us in Reception, who perform in our Harvest Festival celebration. Drama is further promoted with educational visits to London theatres and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Each pupil performs in an annual year group performance, ranging from nativity plays in the Pre-Prep to the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival in Year 7, performing such classics as Henry V, The Tempest and Macbeth. Pupils who stay with us until Year 8 perform in a gala for parents and staff and is a real highlight and fitting tribute to their time at Solefield.
There are a wide range of other performances throughout the year too, both individual and ensemble. Pupils with a particular love of drama in Years 7 and 8 are nurtured in this through our specialist Drama Scholarship Pathway, in which they devote one afternoon per week to studying and enjoying this with our Head of Drama.
Years 6 and 7 pupils have recently performed the Lion King, Bugsy Malone, The Pirate Pretender, Guys & Dolls, The Rocky Monster Show, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Henry VIII the Tudor Dude.