Drama is taught as a separate subject from Year 1 to Year 6 at Westbury House. The children are timetabled to have one lesson a week, on top of their regular English lessons. In EYFS, Drama and role-play are incorporated into their English lessons through child-initiated learning and is often linked to the stories they are reading.
We have four school productions during the academic year, which gives every child the chance to be involved in Drama if they would like to be. At the end of the autumn term, there is a Nativity Play for the EYFS children and a winter-themed production for the Key Stage 1 children. At the end of the spring term, there is either a play or a musical for the children in Years 3 – 5. In the summer term, the Year 6 children put on their own smaller production as part of a fun evening of entertainment.
There are other opportunities that allow children to take part and perform on stage. These include class assemblies, which happen at least twice a year for each class, and performance poetry competitions.
Children can be involved with Drama as often as they like during their time at Westbury House. For the budding thespians, there is an after-school Drama Club in Key Stage 2, which runs once a week throughout the year. We also have a separate club called ‘Stories and More’ for the younger children.
We are also fortunate enough to have a LAMDA specialist on our staff, who offers peripatetic lessons for children from Year 2 upwards. Many children take part in LAMDA exams throughout the year and consistently perform to a very high standard.
We are always very proud of their achievements.