Explorers Group (prep – 1)
Explorers is an exciting group program for prep and grade one students, who are just starting their Speech and Drama adventure.
The transition to primary school is a big one, but Explorers (with their comically overlarge backpacks!) are well up to the challenge. Everything is interesting to our young Explorers. Speech and Drama lessons support these little ones through this beautiful time of learning and self expression. It’s remarkable to stand back and see how quickly they develop confidence. It’s a joy to watch our young Explorers figure out primary school, and explore the wide world of public speaking (usually in the form of show and tell) for the very first time.
The Explorers program is made up of rhymes, songs, stories and structured make-believe games that foster creativity and self-expression. Drama is the place where Explorers can extend their imaginations, rather than having them stifled by rules, tests, and having to sit still!
Teachers create a safe environment, and provide plenty of positive reinforcement for this egocentric age group. Explorers are full of self confidence and equipped with extraordinary imaginations when it’s time to turn the page and begin our Storytellers group for grade two and three students.
How long are the classes?
Explorers classes run for 30 minutes over eight weeks in term time. Our primary Speech and Drama lessons begin in week two of each term.
What happens in class?
Classes are spent on a range of fun and engaging activities, specifically focussed on mime, self expression, vocal expression, making up stories and team building exercises. Each Speech and Drama activity (disguised as a game) has the potential to become a small performing opportunity for our Explorers, 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?
Explorers have the opportunity to take part in our Imagination Festival in term two, a Studio Award in term three, and our Annual Concert in term four. All performing opportunities are completely optional and there is no extra fee for being involved.
What resources will my child receive?
Each Speak Up child will 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 Explorer looks fabulous in their yellow Speak Up shirt, which they will receive for free. It’s perfectly ok to put this shirt straight over the top of the school uniform!
How many children in a class?
Our optimum class size is 12 students, although many classes are smaller!
Can my child try a class?
Speak Up does not offer trial lessons to new students as we do not believe it is possible for a child to get a full understanding of what our programs are like in just one lesson. We offer a one month guarantee instead. Pay for your first month, come along for up to four weeks and if your child isn’t loving it, we we will cancel your enrolment and you won’t be charged any more for the term. Learn more by reading our terms and conditions.
What are the fees?
Our fees are designed to be EASY! Everything is included in 3 x monthly payments of $80 each term. Learn more by reading our terms and conditions.
How do I enrol my child?
All bookings can be made via the parent portal. Credit Card payment is required to secure your child’s place.
What’s the next step in the Speak Up Imagination Curriculum?
When your child has completed Explorers, the next step is our Storytellers program for grade two and three students…
I just wanted to extend a big congratulations and thank you to the team at Speak Up. We thought the performances at the showcase were just brilliant. Not only in their delivery but also the choices made for the kids to make it fun, funny and motivating. The children’s enthusiasm and aplomb was very evident on the night!!! Well done to you all in opening their hearts and minds to the world of theatre and drama. – Bianca (mum, 2017)
Up Next: Storytellers Program
Where will we journey to next on our Speak Up Studio tour?The Storytellers program for grade two and three students