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Dramatic activity is already a natural part of many children’s lives before they start school in the form of make-believe play, enabling them to make sense of their own identity by exploring meaningful fictional situations that have parallels in the real world. This can be utilised at school through structured play and drama to encourage pupils to learn actively and interactively throughout the primary years and across the curriculum.

Drama can help children develop such skills as creativity, enquiry, communication, empathy, self-confidence, cooperation, leadership and negotiation. Drama develops literacy skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view. Most importantly, drama activities are often fun – making learning both enjoyable and memorable.

Drama at Hunters Bar Infants is covered through cross-curricular learning across all year groups.

In addition, each year group takes part in a drama production annually. Reception children will use drama in their class assemblies, especially in their Christmas one. Year 1 put on a Christmas performance each year and Year 2 finish their time at our school with a summer performance. All children take part in these performances through singing, speaking, acting, dancing and playing music.

We also run an after school Drama Club for Year 2 pupils, led by a local Drama student.

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