Children have regular chances to perform in class assemblies and end of term concerts and drama is frequently used in our teaching with "hot-seating" and role play. For several years we have taken part in the national Shakespeare Schools Festival with year 5 classes and drama club performing Shakespearean plays alongside other schools and colleges at Thameside Theatre. Unfortunately we were only able to perform one play at this and only involve 30 children. This year we have decided to book the theatre for our own Woodside Shakespeare festival, when each of our year 5 classes will perform versions of a different play. 5C will perform Macbeth, 5T Romeo and Juliet and 5G A Midsummer's Night Dream. Autumn term performances tend to focus on the Christmas story with our younger children but last term our year 4 had the chance to make and perform with Javanese style puppets accompanied by their own Gamelan playing. Year 3 have class performances in the spring term and our end year production is usually a big musical from year 6. We also make the most of our opportunities as a Royal Opera House Trailblazer School to give children the chance to engage in live professional performances and bring in other professional groups so that children can see drama performed; ranging from our Christmas Pantomimes to special book week and other performances. Miss Turner is our drama coordinator. In the autumn term younger classes
At Woodside Academy, the creative curriculum is a key priority and it is embedded across a variety of subjects taught at Woodside. We are a Trailblazer school, who work closely with the Royal Opera House, and this is a leading component in our creative curriculum. Drama is one element of our creative curriculum and it is taught cross-curricular across the school, mostly during English lessons. Consequently, many spoken language targets are met through drama lessons. It is our intention to ensure that children are exposed to and take part in high quality arts and cultural activities including drama. Additionally, drama, as well as other creative arts, is used to improve the standard of creative writing across the school and is used to inspire children to think more creatively. We therefore aim to ensure that every pupil experiences a variety of cultural experiences before they leave school in year 6. We aim for pupils have a sense of confidence with their spoken language and learn to express themselves and their ideas in a variety of ways.