Drama at Anson
Anson Primary School embraces the Arts. With a large stage, 21st Century lighting rig, top quality sound, adventurous set building and HD recordings (made by the Anson Digital Leaders), the children are given every opportunity to shine. This page is a celebration of all things dramatic at Anson. It includes how we teach, how the children perform, how we celebrate success and how the staff are part of the learning too.
Anson Primary School celebrates the work of the children on the Anson stage, behind the scenes and on camera. In an annual showcase event, the whole school votes for their standout performances of the year. The teachers adorn themselves in their finest clothes and, in a spectacular ceremony, the winners are announced.
You can see a selection of clips from the Anson stage in the nomination compilation for the Anson Academy Awards.
The children have many opportunities to be on the stage throughout their time at Anson. Every Friday, a different class puts on a short assembly for the whole school. This guarantees at least two chances to be on stage for every pupil in a school year. We also work with groups like Wizard Theatre and Finding the Will to give the children experience and sessions with professional actors. Our work with the Unicorn Theatre is driving drama through the whole curriculum.
On top of this, children perform in singing events, the Talent Quest and musical groups. We light them up and let them shine.
Finding The Will
Every year, during Shakespeare Week we work with Richard and Jules from Finding the Will to bring one of the Bard's plays to life on the Anson Stage. The children in lower Key Stage Two take part in workshops during the first 4 days a of a week and then perform the play in the afternoon of the 5th day. The whole school is focused on Shakespeare during the week and it is a celebration of his work and the children of Anson.
Technology on the Anson Stage
Our large screen and projection allows us to be innovative with backdrops and sets. Some classes use it as a simple Powerpoint backdrop with images and video playing. However, we've also seen flying ghosts, the mummification of Pharaohs and Gummy Bear fights on the screen as part of the shows. This video demonstrates innovative use of technology on the Anson Stage.
Teachers and Pupils as Learners
We are part of the Unicorn Schools Club. This is a vibrant theatre in the London Bridge area of London where our teachers receive professional development training related to performances taking place at the theatre. The pupils then visit the theatre to watch the performances, while the teachers use their skills to enrich the curriculum, developing speaking and listening, reading and writing and supporting a cross curricular approach to the national curriculum.
Teachers as Actors
It’s not just the children who get involved, with members of staff taking to the stage. So far they have performed Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and A Christmas Carol to packed houses.