Drama is taught as a separate subject from Year 1 to Year 6 at Westbury House.
The children are timetabled to have one lesson a week, on top of their regular
English lessons. In EYFS, Drama and role-play are incorporated into their English
lessons through child-initiated learning and is often linked to the stories they are
We have four school productions during the academic year, which gives every child
the chance to be involved in Drama if they would like to be. At the end of the autumn
term, there is a Nativity Play for the EYFS children and a winter-themed production
for the Key Stage 1 children. At the end of the spring term, there is either a play or a
musical for the children in Years 3 – 5. In the summer term, the Year 6 children put
on their own smaller production as part of a fun evening of entertainment.
There are other opportunities that allow children to take part and perform on stage.
These include class assemblies, which happen at least twice a year for each class,
and performance poetry competitions.
Children can be involved with Drama as often as they like during their time at
Westbury House. For the budding thespians, there is an after-school Drama Club in
Key Stage 2, which runs once a week throughout the year. We also have a separate
club called ‘Stories and More’ for the younger children.
We are also fortunate enough to have a LAMDA specialist on our staff, who offers
peripatetic lessons for children from Year 2 upwards. Many children take part in
LAMDA exams throughout the year and consistently perform to a very high standard.
We are always very proud of their achievements.