Drama at The Abbey
Drama is an important aspect of an Abbey child’s all round education. It builds confidence and provides the opportunity to explore new ideas, work as an individual, or as part of a small or large group. Children become involved in drama as soon as they join The Abbey, with the Year 3 pupils performing the Christmas Story in our special end of term Carol Service. Year 4 pupils enact the Easter Story at the end of the Lent term in our end of term Easter service. Classes also perform in regular school assemblies to illustrate the current assembly theme. All Year 5 and 6 pupils take part in the big annual school production in the Seckford Theatre over three nights in June.
In addition to this, The Abbey runs two LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) clubs a week, one for Year 3 and 4 pupils and one for Year 5 and 6 pupils. Pupils participating in the club will be prepared for LAMDA exams as well as for various festivals of performing arts where classes entered include prose reading, verse speaking, solo and duologue acting. The main aim of LAMDA teaching at the school is the development and use of communication and language and the exams provide the motivation and a framework for this using achievable and measurable goals whilst learning through fun. The club encourages each pupil to explore their own interests and instils discipline, improves concentration, enhances communication skills, refines technical skills and artistry, and nurtures the imagination. Pupils participating in LAMDA clubs at The Abbey will be able to pursue their LAMDA studies throughout the Senior School, which can culminate in Grade 8 level and the possibility of the ATCL qualification, along with UCAS points.
Dance at The Abbey
Two qualified dance instructors take regular Ballet classes and Tap classes within the school. Although children do not enter exams in either discipline, the enjoyment and benefits of participating in these clubs are enormous. All levels of ability and age are taught and the children dance for fun and to improve their technique and performance skills. Whichever discipline is followed, Dance provides the opportunity to build confidence, improve posture, increase fitness, teamwork and social skills, and develops a child’s ability to interpret all forms of music. Participation in these groups also provides the opportunity to perform in small and large scale productions.