Shout Out! absolutely loves drama for many reasons. Not only is it extremely fun as we play many games, devise scenes and allow imaginations to run wild but we also see how great it is for teaching and developing core skills in both children and adults. These skills are helpful in all aspects of children’s lives; at home, in the classroom, in the playground and will stay with them throughout their lives.
There are many skills in which drama helps to develop. These are some we find to be most important;
Self-confidence– The confidence gained in drama applies to school, career and life. It encourages the children to trust their ideas and abilities through taking risks in class and performing to an audience.
Imagination – Thinking of new ideas, making creative choices and interpreting familiar materials into new forms and ideas are a necessity in drama.
Empathy – Acting out roles from different characters, situations, cultures and more encourages compassion and tolerance for other people’s feelings and viewpoints.
Cooperation – Drama games and activities combines the creative ideas and abilities of its participants. The process for this requires discussion, negotiation, rehearsing and performing.
Concentration –A skill that is helpful all round. Playing, devising, rehearsing and performing alone or in groups helps to develop a sustained focus of the mind, body and voice.
Communication – Drama strengthens verbal and non-verbal expressions of ideas. It improves the articulation of words, fluency with language, voice projection, and persuasive speech. The children’s listening and observation skills are also improving when joining with drama games, audience participation, rehearsing and performing.
Emotional Outlet – Using our imaginations and playing drama games allow children to express a range of emotions in a safe environment.
Social Awareness – The exploration of societal roles helps children develop an understanding of respect and consideration for others. Placing themselves in other people’s shoes helps children to understand how different people can think and feel in a variety of situations.