From their earliest years children use imaginative play to explore, order and make sense of the world around them: Drama extends and builds on this natural process.
Drama features as part of our English curriculum but is actually used in many other academic subjects as an effective and entertaining way to communicate ideas. Drama provides all our pupils with opportunities to:
Reach new understanding and appreciation of self, others and the environment through imaginative dramatic experience.
- Communicate ideas and feelings through language, expression and movement in real and imaginary contexts.
- Develop confidence and self-esteem in their day-to-day interaction with others, and sensitivity towards the feelings, values and opinions of others through purposeful interaction.
- Develop a range of dramatic skills and techniques.
- Evaluate their own and others contributions to drama and suggest improvements.
- Present performances individually and in groups.
In terms of resources, our fantastic Performing Arts Centre is used for productions, rehearsals and Drama lessons. The theatre has retractable seating, lights, sound system and flexible staging, while a costume wardrobe and some props are provided. We also make use of the school’s beautiful 100-acre grounds for lessons, Speech and Drama and rehearsals. With a wide range of outdoor settings at our disposal, the woodland, lakeside areas and natural banks are perfect for rehearsal and group performance.
LAMDA - London Academy of Speech and Drama
Walhampton is a private centre for LAMDA examinations. During the last school year 58 pupils took examinations ranging from Introductory to Grade Four. The disciplines included Poetry Speaking, Musical Theatre, Acting, Devising Drama, Reading for Performance and Miming. Our pupils were awarded 24 Merits and 34 Distinctions - a remarkable achievement.
Opportunities for Performance
- Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 take part in Junior Chapel every Wednesday to which parents and friends are welcomed; each class takes the service in rotation.
- Prep school children are asked to read during Chapel services on Friday evenings when parents and friends are welcome.
- Early Years Nativity performance - on stage in the Performing Arts Centre, this is an intimate event with teacher-led story and songs carefully selected for our youngest children.
- Reception, Years 1 and 2 present a higher profile Nativity with around 100 children.
- Years 3, 4 and 5 – the Junior School production allows all pupils to contribute and perform in front of an audience.
- Years 6, 7 and 8 – we are delighted the annual Senior School production has been reintroduced, enabling pupils at the upper end of the school to display their talents in a large-scale performance.