With over 23 years extensive experience teaching drama to children, we at Little People’s know the enormous and positive effects drama can have on a child’s life.
Most of the work we do is with Schools, Nurseries, Preschools and Playgroups, delivering age specific drama sessions.
The benefits of drama and the power of imaginative play are becoming increasingly recognised, and as such, many nurseries, preschools and schools place real value on these areas.
In the early years, drama is not about the child becoming a performer, but about giving them the opportunity to become social, confident and creative little people, ready to progress happily and successfully through their early school years and beyond. It’s also great fun!
WHAT WE DO
At Little People’s Drama our sessions fully support the National Curriculum. We all know children learn best through play. To the untrained eye, observing one of our sessions, one will see children simply having a great deal of fun, but our games and adventures are tailored to the needs of specific age groups and support the EYFS and Key Stage 1.
Prime areas – language and communication skills, physical development, Personal, social and emotional development
Specific areas – Literacy, numeracy, understand the world around them and expressive arts and design
- Through songs, games, role play and our adventures, children not only learn to express themselves both verbally and physically (using facial expressions and body language), but also extend their language skills by taking on the roles of a variety of characters. One session they may be vets or astronauts, and the next they are visited by aliens speaking a strange language!
- Many of our games explore motor skills. So whether we are, jumping like frogs, pretending to be flamingos standing on one leg at the zoo, taking part in the superhero olympics or balancing on the tightrope at the circus, our sessions help to improve children’s physical development.
- Role playing is such a wonderful tool for allowing children to explore and act out emotions in a safe and supportive way. Taking on roles or helping characters, brings an understanding of others feelings and situations, developing empathy. Who can resist helping the baby alien find his mummy on one of our space adventures!
- Helping the postman deliver the right letters to the right numbered doors, counting how many fish we have caught, or the number of eggs needed to make the enormous giant’s cake are just a few examples of how drama can help develop numeracy skills too.
- Time and time again we have seen the shyest child grow in confidence and thrive through our sessions. In a matter of weeks they go from not being able to look you in the eye, to fully active in the adventures and suggesting ways to fix the pirates ship! It’s the best part of our job, seeing little people thrive.
- Our sessions encourage cooperation, concentration, listening skills and taking turns. They are also great for building relationships and friends.
- And finally, our sessions help children to be creative thinkers. In our adventures they have to think on their feet, solve problems and respond to a range of imaginary situations. Their imaginations help the adventure evolve into their own unique story.
We have nearly a hundred different sessions and each one allows children to explore a range of themes, places and situations, sparking their interest and imaginations about the world we live in.
WHAT DOES A SESSION LOOK LIKE
Nursery and Reception children – Sessions last 45 mins and consists of a story, games and an adventure. Our sessions have a clear structure to them but throughout the adventures, our tutors cleverly listen to the children’s imaginations and steer the adventure accordingly, making each adventure unique to them.
We are also accompanied by Pip (our very special puppet who the children adore).
For Years 1 and 2 – classes are one hour long and we explore games and drama techniques to help the children create their own adventures and stories. Techniques like story structure, narration, freeze frames, role play, hot seating and movement are all explored in a fun and imaginative way. We also slowly start introducing that strange concept of an audience.
We are accompanied by our somewhat cheeky monkey puppet Morris!
HOW OFTEN WE VISIT
Most of our schools we attend weekly, but others once every half term and some as one off sessions on an ad-hoc basis.
We’d be happy to come and have a chat with you, tell you a little bit more about what we do and find out what would work best for you and the children you care for. References available.
Email us [email protected] or call Suzy on 07887773459
Where will their imaginations take them?!
“The library sessions run by the Little People’s Drama Company complement and enhance our aim to engage children with books and stories, help build their confidence and imagination, and support their social development. The leader has been called a Superstar by customers, who love the enthusiastic, interactive and inclusive style of the stories and activities. They are fun, fast paced and imaginative, and keep young children interested throughout the session.
The company is a joy to work with – efficient, cooperative, friendly, creative and positive. I can’t recommend them highly enough.”
Norfolk Library and Information Service
Norfolk County Council