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When helping their children perform well in school, many parents tend to put little emphasis on subjects like drama, preferring to focus on the core subjects like maths, English and Science. However, drama is actually a fantastic subject for helping children with their overall development, as explored below by a drama school in London.
A Break from the Classroom
Throughout the school day, children are asked to spend a significant amount of time behind a desk, sitting still and quietly listening. Drama classes are a chance for them to take a break from this environment, allowing them to move around, express themselves and generally just blow off some steam and have some fun.
This is particularly beneficial for kinaesthetic learners, who are drawn to school subjects that require movement and engagement of all of their senses.
One of the key benefits of drama lessons is that it helps children with their confidence. Confidence is what allows us to move forward with opportunities and relationships and gives us the strength to take risks. When things don’t go to plan, confidence is what allows us to try again rather than giving up.
A confident child is far more like to put their hand up in class and engage in discussions, improving their performance across the school curriculum and allowing them to build strong relationships with their peers and teachers.
In drama classes, students are encouraged to perform in front of others, even if it’s a small group of peers. This can help them feel more comfortable with being centre of attention and speaking up in front of a crowd.
What’s more, by speaking coherently in front of others, children become better communicators because their language skills improve. As such, drama is great for helping youngsters break out of their shells.
In drama performances, students have to learn as a team. If they don’t support each other on stage or behind the scenes, a drama production might not go to plan. They have to put their differences aside, listen to one another’s ideas and take turns.
These are all important skills that even adults require in their place of work, so it’s important for children to learn whilst they’re young.
Provides a Range of Opportunities
As well as acting, drama students may unveil an interest in things like writing scripts, costume design, choreography, lighting, staging etc. These interests might even turn into a future career option for youngsters.
So, even if they’re not particularly comfortable taking centre stage, there are a range of other ways they can get involved, express themselves in a creative way, and be responsible for making an important part of a drama production happen.
This can help them with their self-assurance and allow them to feel a sense of belonging within the school community.