Dragons Today - Summer 2013 - page 10

Pride in Performance
At the Dragon Pre-Prep, Lynams, performance in drama, music and poetry provides every
child with memorable experiences and opportunities for creative development. This year has
provided numerous examples of this exciting and varied programme in action.
The hugely entertaining Reception
Nativity Play just before Christmas was
an affecting occasion for parents as they
saw their children perform after only one
term at school. As the youngest children in
the school took to the stage, they amazed
everyone with the clarity of their speaking,
the quality of their singing and their
obvious enjoyment of performing. Year 1
were next to impress with their production
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Progression in confidence from Reception
was clearly visible with considerable
amounts of text to remember, costume
changes to negotiate and props to
manage. As the children threw their all
into the songs and dances it was clear
that what had not changed was delight
in performance and enjoyment radiated
from them. To round the year off, Years 2
and 3 similarly wowed packed halls with
their excellent versions of
Dick Whittington
and his Cat
and the Greek Myth inspired
Music is an important aspect of the
plays and a large part of wider school
learning for the children at Lynams. There
are over 130 individual music lessons
each week for children in Years 1 and 2
and 11 ensemble groups; there are also
early morning music practices, whole year
singing lessons, and hymns in assembly.
All of this contributes to the vibrant
musical life of the school. Music also gives
the children the opportunity to engage
with the wider community; this year has
seen a concert which entertained 50 very
appreciative local pensioners and a Year 3
singing day in collaboration with a number
of local schools.
Poetry, too, is a long standing Dragon
performance tradition which is greatly
enjoyed throughout the school in writing
and recitation. At the Pre-Prep, children
in Year 3 learn a poem each week to
practise the art of poetry declamation.
The activity builds towards a declamation
final with representatives from each class
performing individually in front of parents
and an external judge.
These cultural experiences, along
with those in the classroom, art room, on
the games field and in the playground,
contribute significantly to an all-round
Dragon education. Performance of all
kinds gives children the opportunity to
grow in confidence, find something that
they love and at which they can excel.
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