Why Are Drama Classes So Important for Children?

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Drama lessons offer many advantages to children. They help to build confidence, develop communication skills and boost creativity.

Because drama is so beneficial to students, it has become a statutory part of English in the National Curriculum for England. Not only does this subject support many academic skills, but it also allows children to develop a number of personal skills, which will support them through to adulthood.

I have teamed up with an independent school in Surrey to explore more of the benefits associated with drama lessons…

Confidence

Drama lessons are an ideal way to develop a child’s confidence. Speaking clearly and confidently doesn’t come naturally to everyone. However, this can be taught and practiced through drama.
Drama lessons also require children to perform in front of their classmates; this can also help to boost your child’s confidence. It gives students an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone in a safe and structured environment.

Teamwork 

Drama lessons encourage teamwork. The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial life skill for youngsters, because it helps them to form friendships and put differences aside in order to reach a goal. Furthermore, in drama students will experience different opinions and perspectives, as well as receive feedback and advice.

Empathy

Drama lessons help children to understand more about the world around them. By exploring different cultures and lifestyles, children tend to become more inquisitive. What’s more, by acting out a variety of different emotions and experiences, children are able to become more appreciative of how others think and feel.

Production

For those children who are not happy to take centre stage, there are other important tasks they can learn through drama. For instance, they could help to make costumes or get involved in set design. School shows also provide an opportunity for students to help with lighting and sound. Furthermore, children will learn about famous plays and movies and may even write a script of their own!

Fitness

Drama lessons and performing arts improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control. Students need to be able to move quickly, stand for long periods of time and maintain energy levels during a show. Drama also encourages student s to keep fit and healthy so that they can perform at their best, take part in all of the physical tasks needed in a production and to aid breathing control when singing and dancing. 

Memory and concentration

Learning scripts, rehearsing and performing all help to improve memory. Your memory requires exercise in order to improve it, so the more a child practices, the easier they will remember sequences of information. This comes in useful for all areas of learning at school, including the ability to revise for exams.

Fun

Drama often involves games and acting out scenarios, which makes it a fun and active way to learn about ourselves and explore complex issues. It is also a really fun way for children to express themselves and improve their talents. Drama is a very versatile subject. Whether it’s acting, singing, dancing, or a behind-the-scenes role, drama can bring fun and enjoyment to your child’s life.

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