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This Week's Focus

Below you can see what the children are focusing in classes this week. Click on other weeks to see what we've been doing or what is still to come. 

Final rehearsal  

A final run-through of of the show in costume.

 

Presentation Week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they've been working on this term.

Nice to meet you

We’ll play fun greeting games as we get acquainted after the summer break whilst welcoming new friends to the class.

Eye contact

Sometimes children find it hard to look adults in the eye when talking to them, especially when meeting for the first time. Through role-play we’ll look at why it’s important to use good eye contact and how a recipient feels when you don’t.

 

Perfect your posture

Perfect posture helps us look more assertive and is a good habit to develop when young. We’ll see how Merlin looks when he’s slouching, and how this changes when he stands tall and proud.  

Project but don't shout

Children can struggle to understand the difference between projection and shouting. Using our specially designed PERFORM checklist, we’ll practise projecting our voices with confidence. 

My opinion is...

Allowing children to voice their  own opinion helps them to think  for themselves and gives them a feeling of empowerment. We’ll  all share an opinion and discuss how that makes us feel. 

Sharing is caring

Children need to learn to share so they can make and keep friends, play cooperatively, take turns and cope with disappointment. We’ll improvise scenarios where we do and don’t share. 

Excellent enunciation

Enunciation refers to speaking in  a clear and understandable way, fully pronouncing each word. We’ll play some funny word games to make sure we don’t order roast lamb when we really want toast and jam! 

Be positive

With confidence and positivity, children are more likely to achieve their goals. We’ll demonstrate  the power of having a positive attitude rather than taking a negative stance.  

Be a wise owl

Children should be encouraged to learn from mistakes and try again if at first they do not succeed. We’ll look at what can lead to us being more wise which helps us make good choices in life.

I know how you feel

Caring about how others may be feeling is an important human trait, allowing us to be compassionate and kind. We’ll show how important empathy is when making friends. 

Vocal dynamics

We can change our voices depending on the situation we’re  in which is a skill we can develop. We’ll experiment with quiet voices, medium voices and loud voices  in this lively session.

The art of ad-lib

When young children improvise, they become instantly engaged in a learning task. We’ll have fun using improvisation with some of The Magician’s Chamber characters. 

Stand up for yourself

Often children lack assertiveness but this can be developed,  enabling children to stand up for themselves and build resilience. We’ll role-play scenarios to show what assertiveness means. 

Final rehearsal

A final run-through of the show in costume. 

Presentation week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they’ve been working on this term. 

Final rehearsal

A final run through of the show in costume.

Presentation Week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they've been working on this term.

Nice to meet you

We’ll get into the riotous groove of our new Ebenezer show as we reunite with old friends and say hello to new ones.

Eye contact

Confident communication requires excellent eye contact. We’ll play  lots of fun eye contact exercises to demonstrate why it’s crucial to look into the eyes of the person you’re talking to and how to embrace an audience when speaking to a group. 

 

Perfect your posture

When we practice proper posture, we stand more upright which boosts confidence. We’ll demonstrate how good posture affects our voice and breathing which helps us when we act and sing. 

Project but don't shout

Healthy projection means that  your voice is amplified naturally  and comfortably and is perceived by the listener in the same way. We’ll demonstrate why it’s important to project when performing. 

My opinion is...

Children who voice concerns and can talk about things freely, will  likely take these skills with them  into the world. We’ll discuss the  fact that an opinion can never be right or wrong! 

Sharing is caring

Sharing teaches children about compromise and fairness and introduces the concept of negotiation. We’ll see if Ebenezer Scrooge can share!

Excellent enunciation

Actors need to consider enunciation when they are learning their lines, which means the tone, volume  and pitch of their voice. We’ll bring this to life with some fun role-play involving our Ebenezer characters. 

Be positive

Science says it’s natural to dwell more on negative thoughts than on positive ones, and this can be truer for children. We’ll channel our positive super-powers in this high-energy session.

Be a wise owl

Wisdom grows with age, and we  can encourage this by being open to learning from both our experiences and our mistakes. We’ll discuss which of our characters is wisest. 

I know how you feel

Developing empathy allows an actor to take on the emotions of the character they are portraying. We’ll discuss the difference between sympathy and empathy and explore the power of emotional memory. 

Vocal dynamics

From scared to bossy or excited to angry, the tone of our voice shows others how we feel. We’ll practise our vocal acting abilities using different expressive voices.  

The art of ad-lib

Improvisation sharpens communication and public speaking skills and promotes fast thinking. We’ll sharpen our improv skills using scenes from the show. 

Stand up for yourself

Assertiveness is used to communicate feelings, thoughts, and beliefs in a respectful, clear and honest manner. In this class we’ll look at how we can develop this skill.

Final rehearsal

A final run-through of the show in costume. 

Presentation week

The children will show their parents, family and friends what they’ve been working on this term. 

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