As a parent, you might not be concerned with Drama as one of your child’s school subjects, focusing instead on more academic areas, like English, Maths and Science. However, your child actually learns more key skills than you might think during their drama lessons, so it shouldn’t be overlooked. I have teamed up with a primary school in Blackpool to explore this further.
Why are Drama Classes so Important for Children?
Up until GCSE level, when students can be more selective about the subjects they study, most children will have around an hour per week of drama lessons. Lots of children also join drama clubs outside of school time. Drama is great for giving children a self-esteem boost as they learn to speak up in front of a crowd, confidently and coherently. This is also fantastic for helping them with their communication and language skills, which can then benefit them in other lessons.
Drama lessons provide a great opportunity for children to express themselves in a safe, structured environment. Experimentation is encouraged, allowing children to feel more comfortable in their own skin. What’s more, they must learn to work as part of a team and support one another, in order for a performance to go well. This is a fantastic skill that will serve them well in the future, when they start a career.
Even if your child doesn’t want to be the front runner in the next school play, drama will provide them with an opportunity to pursue other interests, like staging, lighting or music. Having interests outside of academic subjects is important, not only on a personal level, but also when it comes to applying for universities, as tutors look for things that can set their students apart from others.
So, while drama might not seem as important as other subjects, it is a great way to promote other abilities that can be carried across each and every subject and allow your child to thrive.