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Barnburgh Primary Academy

Barnburgh Primary Academy


‘Drama education allows children to see the world through different perspectives and understand diverse experiences’ 

Tiffany Haddish 



At Barnburgh Primary Academy, we believe that drama plays a crucial role in providing a well-rounded and enriching education for our children. Our intent is to offer a curriculum and learning environment that actively incorporates drama, fostering creativity, confidence, and effective communication skills. We aim to inspire a love for the performing arts, develop children’s self-expression, and nurture their social and emotional well-being through engaging and interactive drama experiences.



Curriculum Integration: We integrate drama into our curriculum, ensuring that it is embedded across various subjects and aligned with the national curriculum. Teachers will plan and deliver drama lessons that incorporate storytelling, role-playing, improvisation, and performance opportunities.

Specialist Drama Teacher: We employ a specialist drama teacher who works collaboratively with classroom teachers to plan and deliver drama lessons. Our drama teacher brings expertise in drama pedagogy, performance techniques, and creative expression, ensuring high-quality drama experiences for our children.

Performance Opportunities: We provide regular performance opportunities for our children through ASPIRE events, school productions, and community events. These performances allow our children to showcase their creativity, build confidence, and develop their stage presence and public speaking skills.

Drama Club: We offer extracurricular drama club, providing additional opportunities for children to explore and develop their drama skills. The club may focus on specific areas of drama, such as improvisation, scriptwriting, or physical theatre, catering to the diverse interests and talents of our children.

Collaboration and Teamwork: Drama activities promote collaboration and teamwork amongst children. They will work together to create and perform scenes, fostering communication, cooperation, and respect for others' ideas and perspectives.

Professional Development: We provide ongoing professional development opportunities for our teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills in drama pedagogy. This includes training on drama techniques, performance skills, and effective teaching strategies for drama.



Enhanced Creativity and Self-expression: Drama provides a platform for children to explore their creativity, imagination, and self-expression. We expect our children to develop their storytelling abilities, character development, and improvisation skills, fostering their artistic and creative potential.

Increased Confidence and Self-esteem: Regular engagement in drama activities can boost children’s confidence and self-esteem. Through performing and expressing themselves in a supportive environment, children will develop a positive self-image and gain confidence in their abilities.

Improved Communication Skills: Drama activities require children to listen, speak, and respond effectively. We anticipate that our children will develop strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including clarity of speech, active listening, and the ability to convey emotions and ideas effectively.

Social and Emotional Well-being: Drama provides a safe and inclusive space for children to explore and express their emotions, fostering their social and emotional well-being. Through role-playing and empathy-building activities, children will develop their emotional intelligence, empathy, and understanding of others.

Appreciation for the Performing Arts: By immersing our children in drama experiences, we aim to cultivate an appreciation for the performing arts. We hope that our children will develop a lifelong love for theatre, dance, and storytelling, becoming active participants and audience members in the arts community.

Transferable Skills: Drama activities develop a range of transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking. We expect our children to apply these skills in other areas of their academic and personal lives, contributing to their overall development and success.

Overall, our intent is to provide a vibrant and inclusive drama offer that nurtures our children’s creativity, confidence, and communication skills. We aim to provide them with a solid foundation in drama, fostering a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts and equipping them with essential skills for their future endeavours. 


Please find the drama progression document below. This is a working document