SPEECH & DRAMA PROGRAMMES
Following PlayClub, your child will be ready for our range of specially-designed Speech and Drama Programmes. Speech and drama offers children the opportunity to master techniques and skills necessary for effective communication while loving every minute of learning! At Julia Gabriel, our children love our Speech and Drama programmes because we teach communication, problem-solving and group dynamics skills through the exciting medium of drama tools such as poetry, theatre, mime, puppetry, role-play, masks, story-telling, reading aloud and creative writing, creating an environment that promotes the use of imagination and creativity, and enjoyment of rhythm, sound and language.
Sounds fun? It is. Yet at the same time, we take our Speech and Drama learning seriously too. To guide the progress of our students, our Speech and Drama Programmes can prepare your child for the Trinity College London Speech Communication Arts syllabus. At the end of a full year of attendance, our Speech and Drama Students from Primary 1 onwards are also assessed by visiting assessors from the Julia Gabriel Speech and Communication Arts Board or the Trinity College London for graded achievement awards each year.
Speech & Drama
(2 – 4 Years / Nursery 1 and 2)
Making learning as natural and engaging as play
Our focus for the little 2 to 4 year olds is language in action with stories, music, props and characters. With specially selected collection of literature, we enable young children to develop their use of language in a stimulating yet natural setting. Children are encouraged and motivated to develop inquiry-based learning as independence is nurtured in a fun and friendly environment created by our teachers.
▪ Build confidence and expressive communication through reading stories aloud
▪ Develop inquiry-based learning as independence is nurtured
▪Foster creativity and imagination through role-play activities
▪Develop fine motor skills, confidence, independence and social skills through free play
▪Learn to focus through exposure to music and movement games
“Language – speech, art and drama – all combined in a VERY loving atmosphere. We are pleased to see such a happy girl coming home from class. Thank you.”– PARENT OF MAIA COMBS
Speech & Drama
(4 – 6 Years / Kindergarten 1 & 2)
Inspiring creative and cognitive thinking through poetry and prose
Based around stories that appeal to children while helping children develop self-awareness and an understanding of their own abilities, Speech and Drama for our 4-6 year olds work towards the Trinity College London’s Young Performers Certificate – supported by the teacher in an appropriate, child-centred environment.
In Speech and Drama for Young Children, our students will:
▪ Develop self-awareness and understanding of their own abilities
▪ Work on their language skills through thematically-structured curriculum
▪ Extend life experiences through drama by trying out different roles and ideas
▪ Develop cooperation, collaboration and creativity through our unique project activity that introduces our students to drama performance development
Speech & Drama
(6 – 12 Years / Primary 1 to 6)
Empowers every learner to become a self-leader
Focusing on communication, conversation and discussion skills to build confidence, concentration and social expression, our early-primary students (ages 6-8) work towards a Level 1 and Level 2 of the Trinity College London Speech Communication Arts syllabus.
For our upper primary students (ages 9-12), students are guided to master critical thinking skills and confidence to express ideas in formal and informal communication situations.
Students work towards Levels 3-6 of the Trinity College London Speech Communication Arts syllabus which focus on developing expressive communication and confidence in public speaking. At the same time, students also work on building up their planning and preparation skills that come with developing their oral presentations.
In Speech and Drama for Children, our students will:
▪ Focus on communication, conversation and discussion skills
▪ Develop ability to express ideas, needs and interests
▪ Find solutions while building self-esteem
▪ Widening and deepening reading and literacy skills through recording their responses to stories and drama activities in pictorial and written form
For older children (age 9-12):
▪ Develop critical thinking skills and confidence to express ideas in formal and informal communication situations
▪ Master skills needed to read and perform literature expressively
▪ Public speaking skills: Plan and deliver presentations
▪ Critique and review books
▪ Create, structure and narrate stories
“The teacher accepts every child as a unique individual, encourages imagination and resourcefulness, helping the child to be less inhibited. The programme makes learning a joy. Great job!”
– PARENT OF NOAH NG YI EN
(6 – 12 Years / Primary 1 to 5)
Experience the thrill, joy and excitement of performing before a live audience
Stage Lights is for primary school students with an interest and desire to perform. Design to simulate a real theatre company, Stage Lights offers our students and opportunity to experience the process of planning and preparing for a performance. In the process of doing so, our students learn not only to unleash their innate creative flair and expression, but also how to collaborate in ensemble productions. This is the only programme at Julia Gabriel that focuses on speech and drama as a performing art.
Stage Lights develops three core stagecraft disciplines:
▪ Acting and voice
▪ Movement & choreography
▪ Musical performance
Stage Light students progress through the Trinity College London’s Performance Arts syllabus to get accreditation for the work they do as performers.
In Stage Lights, our students will:
▪ Develop individual creativity and expression in an environment of trust and security
▪ Gain experience in collaborating for ensemble productions
▪ Learn how to keep a personal portfolio and journal to gain insights into the creative process
“I’ve been running our Stage Lights programme since January 2011. Over the years I’ve come to see that it does more than give our students the ability to perform on stage confidently. It has also given them skills which are essential for life such as creativity, the capacity to express their thoughts and opinions, communicate effectively, and engage others positively; it has provided them with the opportunity to be empathetic towards others- to feel what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes. The need to learn lines and remember sequences for a play, has improved their memory; and by learning how important it is to behave in a professional manner while preparing for a show, they’ve learnt to develop a sense of calm and self-control.
Above all, Stage Lights has given our students the chance to have fun, build bonds of friendship and a sense of purpose. It’s an honour for me to be a part of it.”
– WILLIAM ROYSTON, HEAD OF PERFORMING ARTS
Speech & Drama for Teens
(Secondary and Post-Secondary Students)
Expressive and masterful use of voice and speech
In our teens’ speech and drama classes, students develop expressive and masterful use of voice and speech. They build an interest and appreciation of literature of various styles and genres and learn to present different types of material including poetry, prose and drama extracts. A mature understanding of the quality, form and content of performance pieces is honed as students learn to combine skilful and appropriate use of voice, body and space to engage their audience to convey complexity and range of meaning in mood, atmosphere, emotion and characterisation of the material they are presenting.
In Speech & Drama for Teens, our programmes includes:
▪ Voice and speech work
▪ Improvisation: Creative impromptu responses to a given stimulus.
▪ Mime: Students learn to use their bodies and facial expressions to convey emotions, thoughts and events creatively.
▪ Expressive speaking: Sight-reading skills and expressive vocal techniques are developed as students read aloud and present different forms of literature.
▪ Storytelling: Narrative and character voices and awareness of story structures are developed through presenting original stories.
▪ Presentation skills: Students learn about different form of presentation and develop their confidence in presenting themselves to an audience.
Students progress through the intermediate and advanced grades (Grades 4 – 8) of the Trinity College London Speech and Drama syllabus.
“The class here is something I look forward to every week, because of my class and my teacher. It’s a great way to learn to be myself and be exposed to more literature.”
“I’ve been attending Speech and Drama classes since 2010. I have learnt many skills that have improved my performance skills greatly. With my mentor’s guidance, I became confident with myself and with my public speaking and acting capabilities.”
– GABRIELLE LIM
Oral Communication Skills for Teens
(Secondary and Post-Secondary Students)
“Sometimes in our anxiety to help our children develop good communication skills we put them under extra pressure and talking becomes a ‘chore’ rather than an enjoyable, useful experience.”
— JULIA GABRIEL FOUNDER DIRECTOR
Oral Communication Skills classes guide students to accomplish tasks which enhance their ability to engage with analytical and critical thoughts, and to persuade, negotiate and explain ideas logically and with clarity. Students learn to listen with care, speak with clarity and understanding, and distinguish between informative and persuasive speaking.
They also learn to use an appropriate range of verbal and non-verbal skills for effective communication in a variety of situations, and to understand how information, ideas and opinions can be effectively presented to an audience. Students are guided to deliver detailed presentations using a variety of visual aids, and encouraged to use spoken language more vividly and powerfully.
In Oral Communication Skills for Teens programme includes:
▪ Voice and speech work
▪ Presentation skills: Students learn to express their thoughts and opinions with increasing confidence, and to make effective speeches and presentations for a variety of purposes and different audiences.
▪ Expressive speaking: Students work on presenting literature (including prose and poetry) to enhance their ability to speak expressively.
▪ Discussion skills: Listening and questioning skills are developed as students engage and respond to each other in active discussions.
▪ Persuasive skills: Students learn to engage an audience, structure and present logical arguments, and develop confidence in questioning others and responding to questions.
Students progress through the intermediate and advanced grades (Grades 4 – 8) of the Trinity College London Communication Skills syllabus.
“The class has equipped me with a variety of presentation skills which have helped me present my ideas for projects in front of the classroom more confidently. I have particularly enjoyed the debate sessions which helped me to sharpen my skills to think on my feet.”
– RAPHAEL JOSHUA