DRAMED IN EARLY YEARS
Our aim is to promote the learning and development of young children by creatively engaging them in the seven areas of learning and development through high-quality performing arts. Our programmes are developed to enrich young children with the performing arts whilst creating the space engage their imaginations and honour their inquisitiveness. Every class is developed around a story so children are always introduced to new language and scenarios, including our Toddle Fit™ dance and Toddle Fit™ Multi-Sports.
DramEd teachers value early years as one of the most important parts of a person’s life and our classes often inspire your staff with new ideas and the space to make important observations.
Our aims are;
- To help build a strong foundation in early education by engaging young children through the expressive arts including music, drama, dance and puppetry.
- To support nursery managers and practitioners in creating a stimulating and enabling environment for effective learning, by inspiring new ideas, games, stories and exercises to continue using after we have left!
- To find a balance of adult-led and explorative opportunities for the children in your setting. Simple house-hold objects can hold much more value for children than expensive high-end resources, although DramEd Educators arrive with an array of props, we also take any opportunity to use the props in your setting to play a part in our games and exercises, meaning nursery managers and practitioners can return back to the activity when the DramEd Educator has left!
- To support early learning goals in a way that encourages children to unleash their unique gifts through their creative expression, using performance and socio-dramatic drama to engage children experientially in core subjects including Maths and Literacy!
“Working with DramEd is a dream! Our children love their teacher and look forward to her sessions, as well as the practitioners. We find ourselves singing their songs all the time, as they’re so catchy and fun. The best result of working with them is that all of my preschoolers have a better understanding of different maths concepts. They have been learning about weight recently, which has been fun and easy for them to understand. We often take the sessions that she runs and incorporate her activities into our room planning! We wouldn’t improve anything, other than wanting her here all the time! Thank you so much, from me, my team and my little preschoolers “- Jade preschool room leader.
“Dear Grace, I’ve really enjoyed you teaching me maths. Mummy and Daddy are very impressed with how much I have learnt. Thank you, love from Elina” Thank you card from Elina, age 4 – a Nursery Pupil who is off to School!
“My three year old, is now coming home from nursery and is excited about numbers, thanks to Gracie-May from DramEd. I have been trying for months to get him interested in numbers to no avail. A couple of sessions at nursery with songs, rhymes and Gracie-May and now numbers is one of his favorite topics of conversations.” Kirsten, parent and blogger.
“My youngest always comes home extra happy after a session with Drama session with DramEd at Nursery” Parent of a Nursery Pupil
Our programs include;
DramEd’s Number FUN™
Educational settings can book a DramEd Educator to explore maths concepts with DramEd’s Number Fun™. Preschoolers will be introduced to maths through interactive games, rhythm and rhymes, a mathematical story and an unforgettable maths song each week! This session highlights maths is all around us and in everything we do!
Each session follows a formula that includes a welcome song, interactive math songs, group exercises, the use of special props, an opportunity to explore the concept in your environment and a related maths story each week.
“The World we live in, is full of mathematics. Humans are born mathematical, with even the youngest babies, showing mathematical awareness, and yet in this world which is rich in maths, many adults feel intimidated by the mere mention of the subject.”
Number Fun aims to introduce a healthy awareness around how maths is used in the most simplest of tasks. Through our programmes we aim to build life long enthusiasm on the subject, with children developing a positive perspective. Our classes have been found to not just support children but also be a catalyst for mathematical conversation, fun and games between children, parents and teachers too!
Most classes are planned to be 45 minutes, and introduce a subject each week, sparking conversations and exploration after we have left.
For the typical 45 minute class, we introduce welcome songs, mathematical songs and exercises.
Some of the topics introduced through song, stories and games include:
- 3D Shapes
- Cardinal Numbers
- The Number Line
- Counting in one’s
- Counting in two’s
- Counting in 5’s
- Maths EVERYWHERE
- Concept of a Million
- Comparing Weight
- More than Less than
- Ordinal Numbers
Lilly & Larry Learn Phonics™:
We love stories at DramEd and of course we are mad about drama.
We collaborate with schools and nurseries to build on literacy skills, strengthening verbal & non-verbal communication through Lilly & Larry Learn Phonics™. In every class, children are led through exercises that build on their phonological awareness and through socio-dramatic play we bring a story to life!
DramEd Educators start the class with a welcome song and some drama based games to build class confidence. We then lead vocal warm-ups with sentences and sounds which are great for speech development. A phoneme and grapheme is at the core of every class, which will be a sound that is prevalent in our story of the week. We have a repertoire of the best children’s stories to bring to life in your classroom and are always on the lookout for more. We are happy to deliver a session based on a story that is suggested to us. Our sessions apply drama and role-play to explore each story.
Lilly and Larry™ are two monkey puppets who love adventures! Every DramEd Educator arrives to your setting with Lilly and Larry for consistency…a very important element for early years groups!
Toddle Fit™ is a preschool programme which introduces sport concepts to young children. Each class focuses on a “master move” and is created to inspire young children on a journey through sport and dance.
We provide dance-exercise based classes and football classes with Toddle Fit Dance™ and Toddle Fit Football™.
Toddle Fit Dance™ includes a mixture of funky nursery rhymes and child-friendly radio hits celebrating songs from the 60’s through to the present day. Rest assured that DramEd Educators engage with children using an approach that is mindful of emotions and physical needs.
Our formula and classes consist of:
- An imagination that makes learning dance moves memorable!
- Master Move
- Stretch and gentle yoga
- Flooding every pupil and teacher with the feel-good endorphins.
- Gross motor, fine motor and proprioceptor development
- Enhances concentration and motivation
- Builds strength and agility
- Increases confidence
Recommended Class Length: 30 minutes
Toddle Fit Football ™ teaches the skills necessary to play football, through the use of lots of props and using a fun and memorable approach.