Increasingly the power of drama is being recognised as one of the most effective ways to develop soft skills and emotional intelligence in children and young people, skills that are often not developed through the traditional education system. Drama promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation, socialization. It stimulates the imagination and creativity; it develops a better understanding of human behaviour and empathy with situations that might seem distant. It allows the development of a critical thinking and allows us to make better and more conscious decisions; it encourages us to use our bodies and our voices, it encourages and inspires us to say “no”, to stand for, to speak up.
Every day at Bright Young Things we witness first-hand the benefits of drama for children and have had the pleasure to see our byts blossom and unlock their full potential, which has a significant impact on all aspects of their life.
THE QUESTION IS, CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF DRAMA?
- PREPARES CHILDREN TO DEAL WITH LIFE’S PROBLEMS.
Drama gives children the opportunity to rehearse roles, characters and a broad spectrum of life situations, helping them to explore and address some of the individual and personal ideas and feelings they are naturally experiencing. Overall, this allows children to make sense out of their ‘real’ life problems and helps them to learn about themselves and important coping mechanisms.
2. BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Even the shyest of children who join Bright Young Things gently build up their confidence and self-esteem until before long they are confident enough to take a full and active part in the workshop. As their personal journey continues that confidence can be seen in how they interact with the group, speak independently, express opinions and ideas and present themselves in a show or improvisation scenario.
3. DEVELOPS SPEECH, COMMUNICATION & PRESENTATION SKILLS
Learning new songs and lines for a show, playing communication games, through to writing and presenting monologues and scripts and participating in scenes and shows, all contribute to a child’s developing vocabulary. They are encouraged to express themselves both verbally using different voices and tones, and through facial expressions and body language, both of which are key to making them better and more effective communicators in life.
4. ENCOURAGES AND DEVELOPS CREATIVITY
Creative people are able to view problems and opportunities in a different way and from different perspectives, to think on their feet and generate new ideas – this is a vital life skill and is often the driver for innovation and entrepreneurship. At Bright Young Things our children use their imaginations in everything they do and take the lead in story development and coming up with solutions to problems and pretend scenarios.
5. DEVELOPS CRITICAL THINKING, ENGAGING OUR CHILDREN IN CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING
Drama guides and supports children’s problem-solving skills, while at the same time, works to encourage an increasing awareness of how to solve issues. Instead of being taught and told what to think and feel in different situations, BYT drama turns this into a deeper experience in thinking, motivating children to question, respond, and explain what they are feeling and thinking and present solutions.
6. HELPS CONCENTRATION
In every session children are encouraged to listen to each other’s ideas and thoughts, and to take turns. When children are strongly focused and concentrating, their overall understanding increases. Many of the games are designed specifically to develop concentration, a skill that is vital in the world outside their home.
7. ENCOURAGES TEAM WORK AND CO-OPERATION
In BYT every child is on a personal journey and the team are taught to respect, support and encourage each other. Every activity in Bright Young Things, from mime and movement and playing drama games and singing together, to preparing for shows or developing scripts, requires co-operation and teamwork. It is essential that each of our byts feels accepted and works well with others, in order to create and build a safe environment for all to develop.
8. BROADENS MINDS AND HELPS CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
Learning how to express themselves in different ways through character and role development, helps build a strong character and personality. Exploring characters from all backgrounds and in wide ranging historical and cultural situations builds understanding and perspective of all aspects of life, sparking their interest in the world in which they live and making them more inquisitive.
9. DEVELOPS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPATHY
Acting out a range of emotions in the safe and supportive environment of a BYT workshop, gives our byts the opportunity to better understand their own emotions and develop empathy with others. Through drama, children will explore conflict and challenging characters, and also learn how to express themselves through dialogue, improvisation and debate.
10. SUPPORTS HEALTHY MINDS AND WELLBEING
Under different characters, children can express their true feelings or sense of personality without fear of being judged or criticized. They can work on personal issues or solve personal problems while in character, which can simply help their overall well being. Essentially, what this does is allow our byts to get things off their mind, further releasing emotion and tension and most importantly gives them a safe space to be who they want to be.
11. ASSISTS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Each week we create simple movement sequences and play often very active drama games – all designed to help children gain strength and control over their own growing bodies.
12. NURTURES POSITIVE FRIENDSHIPS
The development of a strong friendship and support network is at the heart of BYT, with our children finding the time spent with like minded people doing something that they all love a very uplifting and supportive environment as they laugh, learn and grow together week after week, year after year.
13. DRAMA IS FUN AND LEARNING THROUGH PLAY IS A VERY EFFECTIVE WAY TO LEARN SKILLS FOR LIFE.
Fun is learning, and learning is fun. By doing, and by playing, children will take far greater learnings from the activity. Drama is often built around games or acting our scenarios, an active and fun way to learn about ourselves and explore complex issues.
Find out more about the BYT Drama Curriculum
We are educators at heart in BYT, our medium is drama. That’s why we write our own original curriculum for each age group and ensure that every game, every activity, every technique is based on research, child development guidelines and rooted in drama best practice. We have a team of experts from drama examiners, to child development experts, actors and teachers who work with Lisa each year to develop the most comprehensive, meaty curriculum that we know will ensure that we can deliver the hidden vegetables we promise, and unlock every child’s fullest potential.