Storytellers Group (grade 2 & 3)
Storytellers is an engaging group program for grade two and three students, who are beginning to develop the Speech and Drama skills they need to tell their own stories.
Storytellers are expressive, creative and ready to try new things – you as a parent know this of course. There is a magical moment at this age where everything changes. Your Storyteller is reading at a whole new level. They are beginning to understand sarcasm and other complex ways of telling stories. Sadly, this is often the age that children may start to struggle a little with their confidence… The good news is, that Speech and Drama will be their secret weapon. Speak Up provides a refreshing, silly time for kids to be themselves. Storytellers are still little, but they have big ideas that deserve to be listened to.
The Storytellers program contains carefully selected humorous poems and stories, that make certain that literature is enjoyable for these young readers. Their teacher will challenge them, but make sure they are feeling supported as they progress through Storytellers. At the end of this two year program, Storytellers have a great grounding in performance and communication skills, and are ready to turn the page, and graduate to our Inventors group for grade four and five students.
How long are the classes?
Storytellers classes run for 45 minutes over eight weeks in term time. Classes begin in week two of each term.
What happens in class?
Storytellers classes are spent on silly and engaging activities, focussed on creative language, text interpretation, improvisation, movement, and storytelling. Each Speech and Drama activity (disguised as a game) has the potential to become a small performing opportunity for our Storytellers, giving both the keen performers and the budding stage stars the chance to extend their confidence in a safe environment.
Can parents stay and watch?
We prefer if parents do not stay to watch, as your presence can be a little distracting for our students and teachers.
What performing opportunities will my child have?
Storytellers have the opportunity to take part in our eisteddfod, their first studio exam, and the annual concert. All performing opportunities are completely optional and there is no extra fee for being involved.
What resources will my child receive?
Each child receives a sturdy Speech and Drama folder when they enrol. The folder is like a giant pencil case, and is big enough to hold their scripts and shirt, and small enough to fit in their school bag! Students receive a wonderful collection of poems and stories throughout the year.
What should my child wear?
Every Storyteller looks fabulous in their red Speak Up shirt, which they will receive for free in their second lesson. It’s perfectly ok to put this shirt straight over the top of the school uniform!
What are the fees?
Our fees are designed to be EASY! Everything is included in one simple monthly payment of $90.
How many children in a class?
Our optimum class size is 10 students, although many classes are smaller!
Can my child attend a trial class?
Your child is welcome to attend one class before you set up your first monthly payment. This introductory class is not a “free trial” class (we value our teacher’s time too much to give away classes for free) but it is the chance to make sure the class is the right fit before joining the Speak Up family.
What’s the next step in the Speak Up Imagination Curriculum?
When your child has completed Storytellers, the next step is our Inventors program for grade four and five students. Inventors get to perform plays for the first time (this is kind of like your first pair of pointe shoes in ballet!)
My daughter started Speak Up classes when she was in grade two. That’s about four years. Initially it was to help Eliana with her confidence. It morphed into so much more – developing friendships, discovering her passion for drama and written work, and having some amazing role models in other students and of course her teachers. As a mum, I couldn’t ask for a better role model than Miss Maddie for my daughter.
Up Next: Inventors Program
Where will we journey to next on our Speak Up Studio tour?The Inventors program for grade four and five students