Drama is a core subject at Ardingly Prep and we recognise its importance in a child's development and acquisition of life skills.
Every child at Ardingly Prep School from years 3-8 will have drama once a week with a specialist drama teacher. Drama is treated as a core subject and we recognise the importance it holds in the development of certain life skills.
At Ardingly we encourage a child’s natural ability to be creative and offer plenty of opportunities for them to develop a love of this subject as well building their confidence at performing in front of others.
During years 3 – 6, children have an annual class production which is often linked to their Creative Curriculum. Children are introduced to many different drama techniques and genres throughout their time at Ardingly, and spend much time developing their confidence, resilience, self-awareness and performance skills (eg listening and speaking, articulation, projection)
There are other opportunities for performance throughout the year apart from class shows…
We hold an annual Poetry Declamation Competition, an annual inter house drama competition, we offer LAMDA lessons, have visiting theatrical events and offer theatre trips to professional theatres. Our after school drama clubs are extremely popular, with over 60 children in our current upper school club.
We have two major musical productions every year: The lower school drama club show (year 5-6) and the upper school musical (year 7-8). The Upper School production gives performers the opportunity to ‘tread the boards’ at a professional theatre, performing to an audience of over 300.
We also prepare our year 8’s for drama scholarships for senior school and have a high rate of success in this area.
Finally, we like to encourage children to see as much live theatre as possible and hope to develop in them a respect, understanding and even love of the theatre and the performing arts.