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What books do Speech and Drama teachers love?

Our Speech and Drama teachers are all bookworms and naturally draw their inspiration for lessons from children’s books they love with wonderful characters, magical storylines and positive messages. We asked the staff at Speak Up, what books do Speech and Drama teachers love? Miss Jessie – Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel “My favourite book is Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel. A

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Valuable Life Lessons from Roald Dahl!

With his stories of mischievous children, evil witches, wondrous adventures, and fantastic creates, Roald Dahl takes us all to a world of magic and amazement! Not only was Roald Dahl a short story writer, novelist, and one of Speak Up Studio’s most beloved authors, he was also a fighter pilot! What a guy! Dahl served in the British airforce during World War II before trying his hand

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Reading Makes You Smart!

  We are talking about reading and literature this month at Speak Up! Our Born to Perform students performed George’s Marvellous Medicine last week, we have a Roald Dahl Open Day coming up, and we are planning some fun in-school activities for book week 2018. When thinking about books and reading, this wonderful poem from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came to mind: So please, oh please, we beg,

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Winter Workshop Wrap Up!

We had a lovely time with all the students at our Winter workshops these holidays! Our friends who joined us for the Short and Sweet workshops had a blast crafting, learning drama skills, and dancing & singing to a range of fabulous songs! On Monday morning we started with a crafty and musical Descendants themed workshops. The students crafted their very own evil queen

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Television by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we’ve learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set — Or better still, just don’t install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we’ve been, We’ve watched them gaping at the screen. They loll and slop and lounge about, And stare until their eyes pop out. (Last week in

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How Drama helped Zoe find confidence

Children who learn Speech and Drama benefit in many ways. One of the most important changes we witness is increased confidence. Improved confidence allows children to make friends more easily, interact with teachers well and flourish at school. In this video, one of our students, Zoe, reflects on her time as a Speak Up Kid and discusses “the biggest mistake of her life” – quitting

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Speak Up Studio Open Day

Speak Up Studio is holding a splendiferous Roald Dahl Open Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for new families to come and find out about weekly Speech and Drama classes – to see if it is something that could be beneficial for your children, and something they will enjoy! Everyone is invited to join us for a gloriumptious afternoon of fun and excitement to

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Speak Up Studio’s 7th Birthday Music Video!

On Saturday 5th May, 2018 the Speak Up team and students celebrated seven years of confidence, communication and creativity! Not only was it our Birthday Party but it was also our first training day for our new Speak Up Leaders! In the morning Miss Maddie, Miss Cathy and the new Speak Up Leaders met at the studio to start to work on their leadership skills

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Why were Fairy Tales written for children?

Mermaids, dragons and fairies! Oh my! As children we listen to our parents (and Disney!) tell us tales of far off lands, princesses and princes, witches and magic spells; but did you know there are more to fairy tales than meets the eye? Fairy tales were originally told orally as folk lore, or folktales, to enforce a moral message to children. Little Red Riding

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Harnessing the Power of Imagination Through Drama

The most important thing we’ve learned, So far as children are concerned, Is that it’s always, always best To let them learn through fun and jest Or better still, to learn through play Imagining the day away. But something changes when we get old Our imaginations seem to grow mould We plan and stress and rush about And worry ’til our brains fall out

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