1. Drama builds confidence
Even the shyest of children take just a few weeks to gently build up their self-esteem and before long they are confident enough to take a full and active part in sessions. A few weeks is all it takes.
2. Drama helps concentration
Students are encouraged to listen to each other's ideas and thoughts and to take turns. These activities allow children to recognise the value of concentration; a skill that is vital in the world outside their home.
3. Drama helps develop language and communication skills
Learning new songs, playing new games and participating in pretend play (when students must take on the language of the role they are playing), all contribute to a developing vocabulary. Students are encouraged to express themselves both verbally and through facial expression and body language; the key to making them better communicators.
4. Drama encourages children to cooperate
Every activity in Drama, from playing drama games to improvisation, requires cooperation. Students quickly realise that to get the best out of sessions, cooperation is a much-needed skill!
5. Drama helps children to understand the world around them
We explore a range of different themes and introduce students to a variety of real and imaginary situations each week, sparking their interest in the world in which they live and making them more inquisitive (and therefore more interesting!) people.
6. Drama develops emotional intelligence
By encouraging students to 'act out' a range of emotions in the safe and supportive environment of a Drama class, students are better able to understand their feelings and develop empathy for others.
7. Drama assists physical development
In each session, we create simple movement sequences and play drama games - all designed to help students gain mastery over their growing bodies.
8. Drama develops creativity
Creative people can view things in new ways and from different perspectives. They can think on their feet and generate new ideas. Improvisation and pretend play encourages the development of creativity as students come up with solutions to problems in their role, and respond imaginatively to a range of pretend situations.
9. Drama nurtures friendships
By its very nature drama can create strong bonds between people as they laugh, learn and grow together week after week after week!
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