Foundation

Speech and Drama

 

At the foundational level, we help children independently form creative language and communication skills through use of sustainable drama – based learning.

Levels include

Primary 1 – Performance Arts Grade 1 (Group)
Primary 2 – Performance Arts Grade 2 (Group)
Primary 3 – Speech and Drama Grade 1 (Solo)
Primary 4 – Speech and Drama Grade 2 (Solo)

For children, the transition from preschool to ‘serious’ learning at the primary level can create many challenges. Our programme for young learners focuses on developing key learning characteristics through the following Speech and Drama methods:

 
  • Speech and Language Skills

    Clear, concise speech is tied to the development of speech organs. We work with students to train and retain these abilities over time. During this period, children are also exploring a deep language world, and we enrich that experience with fun learning of pronunciations, speech drills and language-use.

  • Reading and Understanding

    To speak confidently and clearly, we must first know what we are talking about! Alongside teachers, students study poetry, prose and drama from a wide range of classical children’s literature, building up important comprehension skills and a strong vocabulary of ideas essential for creative expression.

  • Role-Play and Improvisation

    Children learn best through play – and while practicing speech, reading and language skills, it is important that they get to explore and develop those ideas in a safe environment. Through dramatic role-play, our teachers guide students into imagining complex situations for practicing creative improvisations and critical thinking.

  • Performance Skills

    Body language, Memory, Confidence, Teamwork (the list goes on…). Students will get to develop these transferable skills during drama activities. Also, all students get to showcase their skills in our community performances – the best way to get over stage fright, and to meet and learn together with students from other levels.

Examinations

Every September and November, we encourage all students to sit for internationally recognised UK examinations. These Trinity College certifications can help students make the most of their Speech and Drama learning, and are not stressful at all.

Preschool students are eligible to sit for Young Performers examinations – which will prepare them for more focused drama learning at graded Foundational (Grades 1 -2) levels. For later Intermediate levels, these exams will begin to have equivalent GCSE and tertiary value.

At advanced grades, these certificates can be used for school and university applications, and are equivalent to GCSE A levels qualifications (according to the UK National Qualifications Framework).

Upon attaining Grade 8 certificates, students can choose to pursue their Diplomas and Vocational Teacher Training with the studio.

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