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, five and six students.
How long are the classes?
Storytellers classes run for 45 minutes over eight weeks in term time. Our drama classes for kids 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 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 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. 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 payments of $100 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 Storytellers, the next step is our Inventors program for grade four, five and six 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