Why Are Drama Classes so Important for Children?*

 


 

*This is a collaborative post*

 

 

Drama lessons may not seem like an important aspect of the school curriculum, but they actually provide many benefits for your child’s overall academic and personal development. Up until GCSE level, children usually have at least one hour of drama each week. The key skills learnt during that hour can be transferred across other areas of your child’s education and personal life. I have teamed up with a junior school in Kent to explore further.


First and foremost, drama lessons can help children become more confident, by encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone and perform in front of others. Speaking coherently in front of others is not only a great way to help a child feel more comfortable voicing their thoughts and opinions but will also help them with their communication and language skills. As a result, students may feel less reluctant to put their hand up in other lessons and engage in class discussions. 


Drama lessons also encourage young people to work as part of a team, to ensure a performance goes to plan. They must put their personal differences aside when performing, so that the tension cannot be felt by the audience. Being a team player is a crucial skill in other areas of a child’s life, like in sport or even within a family dynamic. It will also benefit them in the future when they start their career. 


There are lots of other skills that children can learn during drama productions, not just acting. For instance, they might be involved in stage or costume design, lighting, or music. This will help to uncover personal interests and possible career routes that your child might not otherwise know exist. They might also learn some of the key elements of a script, which may support their progress in English Literature. 

 

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