For those pupils wishing to go beyond the curriculum we offer Speech and Drama lessons as an optional extra. It is a subject which can benefit children of all abilities, developing self-confidence, self-discipline and creativity. It can extend the most able, as well as offering less academic children an opportunity to excel.
How we look, sound and act in front of others determines how we are perceived in both our personal and professional lives. Speech and Drama teaches children how to project their voice, portray various characters and perform in front of audiences. They gain presentation skills, learn the importance of movement and body language and become better communicators. Lesson activities, exercises and reading literature instil confidence, understanding and clarity of speech.
As well as being great fun, Speech and Drama gives a framework of skills accredited by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) that will help children perform and succeed during interviews, meetings, social and professional occasions throughout their lives.
Speech and Drama supports the English school curriculum and children learn to talk intellectually about their chosen pieces. Children have the opportunity to create and develop their own ideas through discussion, mime, role play, directing and word games and can work towards LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) Examinations. At Grade 3 children are expected to be able to explain, in detail, the differences in verse and prose. At Grade 4 the children have a firm understanding of the different figures of speech and some understanding of iambic pentameter helping the children with their Common Entrance Examination and Scholarships. Further up the scale, the LAMDA higher graded Examinations are recognised within the UCAS tariff for UK university entrance.
Children can choose from a selection of Exams depending on their age including Spoken English, Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance, Acting, Devised Performance and Mime. Taking an exam allows them to perform their chosen pieces and to answer questions verbally, demonstrating their understanding of the text and theory, in front of an examiner.
LAMDA’S mission is to:
- Improve standards in communication through the spoken word
- Foster an appreciation of literature, poems and drama
- Acknowledge levels of achievement
- Support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.
Preparation for an examination can:
- Unlock the imagination and creative-thinking
- Develop communication skills
- Refine technical skills and artistry
- Promote team-working
The examinations themselves provide candidates with an opportunity to:
- Measure progress against an international standard
- Make contact with expert practitioner examiners outside the immediate teaching environment
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Acquire skill certification for career development
- Receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development.
The children taking Speech and Drama lessons have the opportunity to showcase their work to parents and friends in the Theatre.
Click here to see photos from the Speech and Drama Showcase Evening