SPEECH & DRAMA

EDUCATION

 
 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.

Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

ASTUTE PRESCHOOL

At Astute Preschool, we appreciate that the early years plays a crucial role in the lives of children. During this critical period, a child's physical, psychomotor, social-emotional, mental and lingual development are rapidly developing. Thus, the appropriate environmental stimuli are vital to nurture the developing brains.

Only at Astute, will you find an unprecedented (trademark) blend of Speech and Drama and Problem-Based Learning for your precious ones aged 18 months to 6 years old. Astute Preschool boasts of an unparallel curriculum, a forerunner in Singapore’s preschool scene. Our child-centred pedagogy facilitates a learner’s holistic development through our forward-looking educational methodologies.

Wait no longer and approach us for further information on our programmes lined up for your child!

 

SPEECH AND DRAMA

Astute Preschool is established with the heart and vision to nurture effective and confident communicators. Aspiring, Sensational, Tenacious, Unique, Talented and Exceptional are characteristics of an Astute learner. Our vision at Astute Preschool is to be A World-Class School of Holistic Education and Wellness for Children.

Our mission is to nurture young children through transformative learning experiences using Speech and Drama, cultivating them into exceptional and confident learners through holistic and forward-looking educational approaches, while empowering them with wellness the ASTUTE way.

Drama is a field that inspires the learner to be meaningfully active during the learning process, and affects the cognitive, affective and social aspects of a person[1]. Literature has highlighted the benefits of speech and drama: language development, emotional development, self-expression and self-esteem, creative imagination, social understanding, self-confidence in public[2].

 

[1] Tombak, A. (2014). Importance of Drama in Pre-School Education. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 143, 372-378.

[2] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

 

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Speech and Drama is an effectual tool to developing effective communication and language, which is one of the 21st Century Competencies[1] necessary for the increasingly globalised society our children live in. As a host of famous philosophers, educationists, psychologists and linguists tell us: language is crucial to ideation, to making meaning, and to symbolic thought[2]. Our speech and drama lessons are both filled with fun and enriching knowledge, as our learners are introduced to a wide array of educational stimuli for optimal language development.

 

[1] https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/education-system/21st-century-competencies

[2] [2] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Drama serves to educate the emotions by providing a controlled emotional outlet. Drama involves exploring, discovering and mastering our emotional and physical selves[1]. Because Astute recognises and values the importance of healthy emotional development, speech and drama is intricately woven into our curriculum. Speech and drama would be the main mode of lesson delivery for our core learning domains.

 

[1] Way, B. (1967). Development through drama. London: Longmans.

SELF-EXPRESSION & SELF-ESTEEM

Drama has been identified as a vehicle for self-expression[1], hence contributing to the enhancement of the child’s self-identity and -esteem. Self-expression is linked to the notion of raising self-esteem via the pathway that expressing self, helps individuals to acknowledge their identity explicitly, therefore, come to terms with it[2]. Because we are passionate about nurturing healthy levels of self-esteem in our learners, speech and drama is a modality we steadfastly advocate for.

 

[1] Finlay Johnson, H. (1907). The dramatic method of teaching. London: Nisbet.

[2] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION

To nurture a learner’s creative imagination is one of the lofty ambitions of Astute Preschool. Drama galvanise the child to become an active agent in the learning process by placing him/her in the center. Children are inspired to think creatively, critically, multi-dimensionally, and freely; show cognitive, social, affective, and psychomotor development; whilst implementing their knowledge and developing cooperative skills through drama[1].

 

[1] Tombak, A. (2014). Importance of Drama in Pre-School Education. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 143, 372-378.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Drama provides a plethora of opportunities for children to grow in social understanding, empathy and cooperation[1]. Collaborative planning, working towards shared goals and listening to one other as we offer and accept suggestions, are some of the pro-social skills an Astute learner develops whilst engaging in speech and drama[2].

 

[1] O’Toole, J., Stinson, M., & Moore, Tiina. (2009). Chapter 4: Drama for Development and Expression. In Bresler, L (Eds.), Drama and Curriculum: A Giant at the Door (70-95). USA: Springer.

[2] Stinson, M. & Wall, D. (2003). Dramactive: Book 1. Sydney: McGraw Hill.

SELF-CONFIDENCE

Pre-school drama education plays a crucial role in facilitating the development of self-confidence[1]. At Astute Preschool, speech and drama would be harnessed to develop mentally adroit learners who possess the ability to think on their feet, marshal ideas under pressure and express their feelings in a healthy manner. The ultimate goal would be to infuse learners with the confidence to articulate their ideas in public.

 

[1] Tombak, A. (2014). Importance of Drama in Pre-School Education. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 143, 372-378.

 

TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON

At Astute, we equip our learners with skills geared towards Trinity College London (TCL) examinations, thus attaining internationally recognised qualifications. Our Speech and Drama syllabus - which is intrinsically aligned with TCL examination criteria - is incorporated into our curriculum at Astute Preschool and Enrichment classes.

 “Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students… of drama and speech subjects, at all levels of experience and ability. Trinity drama exams are officially recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and by education authorities worldwide.”

- Trinity College London (TCL)

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