At Arnold House, Drama is embraced in both timetabled lessons and the extracurricular programme. Boys have timetabled Drama lessons in Years 1 to 6 where they are encouraged to engage in exploratory play and imaginative performance-making as they work both independently and collaboratively with their peers. The classroom environment is fun, fast- paced and interactive as the boys learn to work as part of a community whilst honing their own performance skills.
In Years 1 and 2 boys participate in the Harvest Festival with a poem and some songs. They also perform a nativity play at Christmas and a play in the summer term. In Years 3 and 4 boys get involved in characterization, where they explore, imagine and create different personas. They also take part in an annual performance at Canons Park which incorporates acting and singing. In Year 5 and 6, boys further develop their acting skills through Drama lessons, workshops and plays that are more complex and demanding - in terms of the storyline and the characters that the boys need to assume.
Although Drama is no longer part of the curriculum in Year 7, boys have the opportunity to participate in the national Shakespeare Schools Festival; here, they perform a play in a professional theatre. The boys therefore conclude their school drama with the thrilling experience of acting in front of a full audience in a public theatre.