DramaKidz

'DramaKidz' is the newest and most innovative drama class in Cork, and is specifically designed for pre-school children aged between 2 1/2 and 4 years old.

Our classes are full of fun and games, and the perfect start for children to explore the world of their imagination. All our classes incorporate the Aistear Principles (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) and offer a wide variety of elements including drama, poetry, singing, dancing, exercise, storytelling and much more. In each class the children explore new, imaginary worlds; one week they might be visiting the animals at the zoo, the next digging for buried pirate's gold and the week after they could be superheroes. While the classes follow the same structure each week in order for the children to feel comfortable and relaxed the themes and topics will always be different.

Children are never too young to start drama classes and our specificially tailored programme for this age group will help in nurturing a child's imagination while also developing speech, diction, confidence, empathy, co-operation, listening skills and concentration. Our 'DramaKidz' programme aims to instill all this and more in each child whilst doing so in an extremely fun and friendly environment.

Classes run on Saturdays only in our main studio in the South Ring Business Park, Kinsale Road. 

DramaKidz (2.5 - 4 yrs) 11:00am - 11:45am

DramaKidz (2.5 - 4 yrs) 2:00pm - 2:45pm

A Typical Class Structure

Warm Up

Physical warm up is the life force of a good drama session. It is important to wake up the muscles by shaking and stretching. Along with physical benefits warming up also allows the child to have fun and become confident and relaxed within their environment. Our warm up games include: shake and stop, what time is it Mr. Wolf, Sea Ship Shore, Hot seat, Snatch the Bacon, traffic light game and many more.
We always end our warm up with an action song called Wind the bobbin up.

Pass the Stick
We all gather in a circle and each child gets a turn to hold the speaking stick which allows children to tell the class 1 piece of news they would like to share.

Story Time
Each week the children will be read a new story, mostly a fables fairytale and some new popular stories e.g. the Gruffalo.
Reading books to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills. When the rhythm and melody of a language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk or talk.

Mime
Each week we will introduce a new and more complex mime excercise. We use mime as a teaching tool because it encourages confidence and awareness of self and others. It encourages physical control, simplicity of thought, movement and more importantly it stimulates the imagination.

Speech Excercise
To enhance a child's speech and language we will concentrate on 1 speech excercise every week. Tongue twisters are a great way to improve diction and a fun way for a child to learn language and rhythm.

Poetry
Learning poetry is a very important tool for a child, it makes it easier for a younger child to learn new vocabulary words, children who recite rhythmic poetry learn and understand pitch, voice inflection and volume. Learning poetry also helps develop a child's memory.

Role Play
This is the fun part, the performance section. For this age group we will role play from the fairy tale we read previously. So the teacher will act as the narrator and each child will have a part to play in our story.
Role play is the basis of all dramatic activity, it is having the ability to suspend disbelief by stepping into another characters shoes. Through role play a child can be challenged to develop confidence, self belief and also develop a more sensitive understanding of a variety of view points while sharpening their speech, language and movement skills.

Warm Down
We will perform a variety of yoga poses and breathing excercises to relax the body after a very busy and fun class!