Drama is an important part of life at Castle Court School. Through drama we aim to build confidence, develop creativity and communication skills and allow children the opportunity to work successfully as part of a group.
Opportunities to perform exist throughout the school. Children in Badgers and Pre-prep, directed by their class teachers, perform nativity plays at the end of the Autumn Term and go on to present a full scale musical production in both Years 3 and 4.
All pupils in Years 3 to 8 also receive timetabled drama lessons in which they learn new skills including mime, improvisation, role-play and script work. We use poems, stories and play texts as the starting point for drama work and in this way support the work of the English department. Pupils develop confidence in performing their work to others, as well as learning to respond positively as a member of an audience.
For pupils who wish to develop their drama skills further there are opportunities to do so in after school activities. There is a junior drama club for pupils in Years 4 and 5 and for pupils in the senior school there is also an optional drama activity which culminates in a Summer Term performance to parents. Previous productions have included Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest ‘ through to musical productions of ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Grease’ Pupils in Years 5 to 8 may also take private Speech and Drama lessons in which they work towards LAMDA examinations in either Acting or the Speaking of Verse and Prose.
Opportunities to watch live theatre are also provided each year for pupils in the senior school, either by bringing professional companies to school or by taking trips to the theatre.