Thursdays 3:30pm – 4:20pm
General drama classes for children aged 5-9 introduce young participants to the world of acting and performance in an engaging, supportive, and age-appropriate manner. At this developmental stage, the focus is typically on nurturing creativity, imagination, self-expression, and basic theatrical skills through playful and educational activities. Here is an overview of what such classes might involve:
- Foster Imagination: Encourage children to use their imagination to create characters, settings, and stories.
- Build Confidence: Help children become more confident in expressing themselves and presenting in front of others.
- Develop Communication Skills: Improve their verbal and non-verbal communication, including clarity of speech, articulation, and listening skills.
- Teach Teamwork: Promote cooperation and the ability to work within a group through ensemble activities.
- Introduce Performance Skills: Provide a foundation in acting techniques and stage presence without the pressure of a professional environment.
Duration: Classes are 50 minutes accommodating the younger children’s attention spans.
Frequency: Once a week
Session Structure: A warm-up, main activity, and cool-down period that includes a reflection or discussion time.
- Warm-Up Activities: Games and exercises to get the children moving, focused, and ready to participate.
- Improvisation: Simple, guided scenarios where children can explore characters and situations on the spot.
- Storytelling: Children are encouraged to tell stories, which helps with structure, beginning, middle, end, and character development.
- Voice and Movement: Exercises that help children understand how to use their voice and body to express emotions and actions.
- Character Development: Through role-play and dressing up, children learn to create and sustain a character.
- Creative Drama: Involvement in creating short scenes or dramatizations of familiar stories.
- Introduction to Theatre Terminology: Simple terms like “stage left” and “audience” to get them familiar with the language of theatre.
- In-class Showcases: Short presentations for peers and sometimes for parents to display what they have learned.
- End-of-Year Performances: A more formal show for family and friends, often held at the end of a session or school year.
- No Pressure: Emphasis is on enjoyment and learning, not on perfection or professional-level performance.
- Playful Learning: The curriculum is delivered through play to keep the learning process fun.
- Positive Reinforcement: Teachers use positive reinforcement to encourage effort and participation.
- Adaptability: Activities are adaptable to suit a range of abilities and interests within the age group.
- Inclusivity: Making sure all children, regardless of background or ability, feel included and able to participate.
Drama classes for this age group are all about exploration and fun. While the children are learning the basics of drama, the emphasis is on nurturing their natural creativity and enthusiasm for play in a structured yet flexible environment.