Primary Drama

The Drama programme caters to the different age groups and target different skills at each level. It encourages the development of creativity and imagination, through the exploration of the body and voice in performance.

Specialist Drama Teaching at Primary

During the Primary years, Drama appears on the timetable as a double period of 80 minutes. The children first encounter Drama as a separate subject discipline , in Year 2 (6 years of age).

During Years 2-4, Drama is in a group of 3 subjects which rotate every 13 weeks:

Year 2
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 : Drama, Art , Design Technology

Year 3
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Art, Design Technology, Drama

Year 4
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Design Technology, Drama , Art

In Years 5 and 6, childrens exposure to the subject is further increased by making just one rotation , for a larger group of subjects:

Year 5
First half of the school year : Drama , Art
Second half of the school year: Music, Design Technology

Year 6
First half of the school year: Music, Design Technology
Second half of the school year: Drama , Art

As students enter the Secondary School in Year 7, they will then have drama as a full course subject for 80 minutes per week, throughout the year.

What are the goals of the Drama programme in Primary?

The Drama programme caters to the different age groups and target different skills at each level. It encourages the development of creativity and imagination, through the exploration of the body and voice in performance. In Primary, Drama targets communication, teamwork, negotiation and collaboration skills.

Drama activities include role-playing, mime and improvisation. Students produce short performances and are able to present these to an audience. As well as developing communication skills, drama helps to develop self-confidence, teamwork and empathy. Through Drama programme, students are able to express their ideas, learn to listen to each other, to make decisions and to cooperate to achieve their aims.

In Drama at Uplands, through the cross-curricular nature of the PYP, we are able to extend the learning of the students from a different perspective. The Units of Inquiry are approached from a different angle, either through storytelling, ritual or role playing. This cross-curricular, multi-level approach supports different learning styles, which can accommodate the weaker students.

Through the Drama programme, students are able to express their ideas, learn to listen to each other, to make decisions and to cooperate to achieve their aims.