Drama at Longford Park School (LPS)
The Head at LPS has encouraged his Deputy to utilise his passion for drama to accelerate the pupil’s progress in communication. Weekly drama lessons are provided for all classes. These are differentiated from the young children reciting poetry, singing songs and acting out stories to the year 6 practicing and performing, using the language of Shakespeare.
The Head and Deputy believe communication is crucial and is a major area for development to assist our children in optimising their opportunities in future life. Drama work concentrates on speaking and listening. Behaviour work pervades activities. Bullying, getting on with others, empathy, advanced questioning and attending to the needs of the listener are prioritised.
While serious underlying themes permeate, the joy of performing, audience participation and achievement are highlighted. The LPS players have performed in school and been on tour to a local Special School. A fully inclusive Christmas and summer productions are performed for parents. The school has a fantastic partnership with The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Here we watch shows, go to workshops, we have provided artwork for an instillation and even had one of our pupils audition for a part in Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’. Pupils have been to the theatre to take part in an interactive performance.
We never lack drama at Longford Park School!
New Curriculum 2014
The use of drama for spoken language is prioritised in the new English curriculum. Participation in role play, productions and responding thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances features.
Simon Birch Med (Emotional & Behaviour Difficulties)
Deputy Head Teacher Longford Park School