What is Speech and Drama?
Speech and drama classes are made up of a range of drama and voice-related activities designed to improve self-confidence, communication skills and presentation skills. Speech and drama classes incorporate poetry and prose to engage and inspire students and to foster a love of reading and literature. Students will have the opportunity to take part in performances as part of a carefully planned program of activities, delivered in a supportive and friendly learning environment.
What do we do in Speech and Drama?
Speech and drama classes and workshops include vocal activities, drama games and exercises as well as a piece of poetry or prose.
The Speech activities focus on on the way we speak:
- Posture and breathing;
- Articulation and diction;
- Volume and projection;
- Vocal tone and vocal variety;
- Public speaking and debating;
- Remediating common speech faults such as lisp.
Drama activities focus on how we present ourselves:
- Gesture and body language;
- Focus and concentration;
- Characterisation and acting;
What are the Benefits of Speech and Drama?
Speak Up Speech and Drama classes provide a safe environment for students to challenge themselves without feeling embarrassed or afraid of making a mistake. Drama games and improvisation are fun activities that allow students to stand up and present themselves without the pressure and hype of a “performance.”
Learning to speak well is one of the first steps to improving confidence and communication skills – every Speak Up Speech and Drama class includes some vocal training as well as the opportunity for students to practice eye contact, concentration and listening skills.
Creating drama, inventing characters and telling stories are integral parts our classes. We incorporate a wide range of poetry and prose to engage and inspire students and regularly use arts and craft activities to create special props, costumes, or puppets, which the children use in performances.
Students are regularly given the opportunity to perform on stage at school assemblies, local fetes and at eisteddfods and at our Annual Concert. Performing is a very important part of speech and drama, it allows students to put into practice what they have learnt in class and challenges them to step out of their comfort zone. A successful performance can be a huge confidence boost.