Drama and Performances
From 'Honk' the musical, the Harvest and Spring Festivals to the annual Nativity and Founder's Day Modern Foreign Languages performances and Class Assemblies, Alleyn's Junior School has a rich and exciting drama programme.
As a subject, drama can be used for both formal and informal learning. At Alleyn's Junior School each age group is offered opportunities to develop their skills in performing arts. Some activities are part of structured exploration in the classroom, while others form the basis for performance, using material written either by the children or by playwrights. By pretending to be someone else, acting allows children to do what comes so naturally to them, which is to use their imaginations and to explore social situations with freedom and security.
Drama has natural links to English through language, literature and poetry and one of the highlights of the school year is the House Spoken English competition where individual children develop their own performance poetry. There are regular theatre visits and pupils also learn about the role of technology in theatre. Music, dance and the visual arts combine with drama in the annual Harvest and Spring Festivals, as well as regular class assemblies.
The premier event of the school year is the Year 6 production, which provides a focal point for celebrating the children's love of drama. Most recently in ‘Honk’ the children performed alongside professional musicians, keeping track of a complex musical script, dealing with multiple changes of costume, hair and makeup and delighting us with their performances.
Our Christmas show in recent years has been a Christmas themed play by all of the Reception, Year 1 and 2 children, combining a modern day take on Christmas with the Nativity story, to great effect. This lovely event in the Junior School Hall is a perfect start to involvement in the dramatic life of the school for our youngest pupils.
During the Advent term many aspiring comedians take part in ‘A Bit of a Laugh’ where they perform both original sketches and old favourites. This event is pupil-led and they take full responsibility for choosing and rehearsing the sketches as well as finding appropriate costumes and props. The humour is very well received!
This year, as part of the 400th year celebrations a group of Year 4 and 5 pupils will be performing an adaptation of ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ at Founder’s Day.
Every member of staff plays some part in school productions and the school has been lucky in having attracted classroom teachers with a love and appreciation of drama who are willing to spend their time enhancing the children's lives with opportunities to perform. The School is also fortunate in having the active support of parents who have lovingly made splendid props and costumes.
Regular assemblies each week bring the whole school together, and during the course of the year each class presents an assembly to the school, usually on a topic that they have been studying in class.
Encouraging imagination and self-discipline, drama unlocks children's hidden talents and potential that may otherwise not be seen in the normal course of a day. But above all, it is FUN!
Pupils take part in a range of dramatic productions throughout the year.