At GCMS we teach drama as explicit lessons in years 5 to 7. Drama is also used to support learning in English, PSHCE and humanities. It provides our children with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams and, in addition to this, pupils explore new roles, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to real problems – e.g bullying. Pupils also examine problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures. This happens in a safe atmosphere where actions and consequences can be examined and discussed without danger.
We rely on drama to supports pupils’ progress with English. It enables our children to communicate with others in new and better ways. Drama provides training in the very practical aspects of communication necessary in today’s increasingly information-centred world. Our pupils who have participated in drama are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public and will be more persuasive in their communications, both written and oral.
Gosforth Central Middle School also encourages participation in drama clubs. In addition to performance skills, these extra-curricular sessions develop personal qualities such as discipline and teamwork. These attributes help pupils in all aspects of life. Club members learn to co-operate and to find the best way for each member of a group to contribute.
Drama supports our school ‘CLEAR’ values as pupils develop higher levels of empathy. In order to play a role competently, a pupil-actor must be able to walk in their character’s shoes. In today’s increasingly polarized and intolerant culture, the ability to understand others’ motives and choices is critical. Drama helps our pupils to become responsible global citizens.
Drama is used to reinforce learning in many areas of the school curriculum. We see it as a fantastic tool for teaching English and humanities. The study of Romeo and Juliet in year 8 would be impossible without drama at the heart of the unit of work.
At GCMS drama enriches learning in many many ways – ask your child!