It’s the start of a new school year and like many parents, you might be wondering how to help your child fulfil their full potential in class.
While activities like testing spellings, practicing times tables and reading together might be the first things which spring to mind, getting your child involved in the performing arts can also have real benefits to their development.
Drama helps children learn about teamwork, improves concentration and boosts emotional intelligence as well as building their communication, social and problem solving skills. Acting out different situations and scenarios can also make it easier for children to make sense of the world around them and learn how to process their own feelings and emotions.
Exploring different characters in a variety of situations can help children develop empathy for other people. Games and activities in which they pretend to be someone else encourages them to try and look at things from another person’s point of view.
At Noodle Performance Arts, one of the things we love most about teaching our classes is seeing youngsters grow in confidence and self-esteem. Getting used to speaking in front of a group, interacting with others and expressing themselves in a fun setting can also encourage children to put forward their own ideas in a more formal classroom environment.
In drama classes, children get a chance to experiment with different expressions, tones of voice and ways of behaving. This can improve their understanding of using body language and different ways of effectively communicating how they feel.
Learning lines or song lyrics for a performance helps strengthen memory and the ability to retain information. Memory works in a similar way to a muscle so the more someone practices using it, the easier they will find it to remember sequences of information. This comes in useful for all areas of learning at school, including the ability to revise for exams in the future.
Although most schools recognise the benefits of drama for their pupils, the demands of the national curriculum, tight budgets and pressure to raise academic achievement can leave little space in the timetable for regular lessons involving the creative arts.
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of teenagers taking GCSEs in performing and expressive arts has fallen by 26 per cent, according to official figures. Government ministers have said they want 90 per cent of secondary school pupils to take the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which focuses on core academic subjects and does not include any creative arts, by 2025.
Out-of-school performing arts classes or workshops are a great way of making sure your child doesn’t miss out on the benefits offered by drama tuition.
Noodle Performance Arts offers performing arts classes for children from the moment they can walk right up to when they finish secondary school. Find out more about our classes here or contact us for further information today.