What do we get up to?
Theatre is a hard thing to imagine little people doing. Often we are asked ‘What can they do in a theatre class before they can speak or move?’. Hopefully the blurb below will answer a few questions but if not please feel free to email us and ask. No question is too small or too silly!
Theatre Tots is an opportunity to explore those early imaginations. In a baby the imagination starts with the senses – exploring the world through sight, sounds, taste, touch and smell. This develops all the time as babies start to move, vocalise and grow until they are the ones telling the stories to us. For us drama is accessible and inclusive – everyone can do it! Drama doesn’t need to be about becoming a performer, it can be about important life skills – confidence, flexibility and imagination.
The class takes them through games, mimes and imitation, tongue twisters, costumes, stories, characters, puppets, props and songs. We work with a lot of everyday objects ensuring that the exercises in class can be easily repeated at home.
Our sessions are planned in line with the newly updated EYFS curriculum to ensure current and high standards of facilitation.
Themes change every 6 – 8 weeks and all the stories and songs are original. Our focus is the sessions and we do not work termly towards children’s performances in our weekly parent / carer sessions.
The focus is on creative play, imagination, social, physical and vocal awareness in a confidence-building environment. The sessions are closely linked to the early years foundation stage curriculum. Sessions are interactive and parents and carers are encouraged to join in the fun. Dressing up and silliness are very welcome!
What classes are available?
Babes (0 – 12 months old)
These classes are sensory sessions using massage, props, stories and songs to stimulate our theatre babes! All activities are inspired by the world around us, making them easy for parents and carers to try at home.
Tots (2 – 4 years old)
Once your little person is starting to tell you about the world around them they are ready to move to a tots class! These sessions are more structured and get the tots used to following instructions and gentle social skills.
Tots Plus (4 – 5 year old)
These classes are aimed at nursery and reception age little ones who are ready for a session that incorporates their ideas and stretches their ever increasing imagination!
If you are unsure which session will suit your little one please chat to us. Our teachers will always advise when a tot is ready to move classes, the ages are only guide lines.