The Benefits of Drama Classes for Children

by Hannah

Drama classes offer numerous benefits to children and support many academic skills. Drama can also be used to develop many personal skills. For example, it can help to build confidence, improve communication and boost creativity.

I have teamed up with an independent school in Harpenden to explore more of the benefits that drama classes offer to children…

Confidence

Drama classes are ideal for building confidence. Speaking clearly and confidently doesn’t come naturally to all children. However, these skills can be learnt and practiced through drama. Drama lessons often require children to perform in front of their classmates; which is a really great way to build confidence. It gives students an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone in a safe and structured environment.

Teamwork

Drama encourages teamwork within a class. The ability to work as part of a team is a vital skill for children to learn, 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.

Literacy

During drama classes, children will often use a script to learn the lines of a performance. Not only will this help to improve your child’s reading skills, but it will also introduce them to different ways of using language, extend their vocabulary and improve pronunciation. Script reading and writing exercises will also help to enhance your child’s spelling and punctuation.

New skills

Drama also offers lots of ‘behind the scenes’ tasks. For example children can 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 get into script writing.

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