Why are Drama Lessons so Important for Children?

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Lots of parents pay little attention to their child’s drama lessons in school and tend to focus more on the core subject, such as Science, Maths and English. However, drama classes help children develop an abundance of key skills which they can the transfer across to other subjects. With that said, the importance of drama lessons shouldn’t be overlooked, especially for younger students. A prep school in the South West of England explores the benefits of drama lessons further below.

Confidence

One of the main things that children are able to take away from their drama lessons is an improved sense of confidence. Even the shyest of children can start to break out of their shells and become more self-assured, although this might take a few lessons to start to materialise. In drama lessons, pupils are required to speak aloud in front of their peers in a coherent manner. It’s important for children to learn how to express themselves, both physically and verbally, so that their emotions don’t manifest as behavioural problems. So, essentially, drama lessons help children become better at communicating.

Furthermore, in drama lessons, students must listen carefully to the suggestions of their peers and respect other people’s ideas. They must take turns and concentrate. Again, these are all fundamental skills that will benefit your child across other areas of their education and even in their personal lives.

Lots of different themes are explored in drama lessons, some of which will feature in other classes, such as English Literature. This level of variation will help them develop a broader understanding of the world around them, including different historical events and classic works of fiction. However, drama isn’t just about taking centre stage in a big production. It can also involve learning about some of the behind the scenes elements, such as staging, lighting and music. This means that drama is able to engage lots of different children who have varying interests, to help cultivate their interests and turn them into lifelong skills.

 

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