Lorna Whiston Preschool and English Enrichment Centres
Speech and Drama

At Lorna Whiston Schools, our goal is to transform lives through learning. We aim to empower confidence in our students through a strong foundation in both written and spoken English. We hope that through their time of learning with us, our students will be equipped with the skills and values that they need to be successful individuals in the 21st Century.

In our Speech and Drama programme, building these 21st Century competencies is at the core of our curriculum as we focus on effective communication, critical thinking, creative thinking and collaboration skills. Drama is harnessed as a tool for learning and offers the opportunity for students to gain awareness and mastery over the use of their bodies, voice and performance space so that they become more confident communicators.


  • For children 3 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size -12 children per class

    Our youngest learners love our exciting Early Bird Programme! Stimulating stories, dynamic drama adventures and lively songs and rhymes abound as the children explore the different letter and speech sounds.

    The Early Bird programmes draw on a wide range of creative language and sensory-motor activities to support children’s early language development, helping them move towards clearer speech whilst having a whole lot of fun!
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  • For children 4 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size -12 children per class

    Our youngest learners love our exciting Early Bird Programme! Stimulating stories, dynamic drama adventures and lively songs and rhymes abound as the children explore the different letter and speech sounds.

    The Early Bird programmes draw on a wide range of creative language and sensory-motor activities to support children’s early language development, helping them move towards clearer speech whilst having a whole lot of fun!
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  • For children 5 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Each week, students are immersed in speech and drama through an interesting theme. They enjoy communication games, inspired discussions, speech training and role play adventures, as well as taking part in both individual and group performances.

    Students work towards longer, more sustainable presentations of rhymes and poems. In addition, they are encouraged to use their oral language skills to solve problems posed through role-play adventures, and explore techniques of voice projection.
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  • For children 6 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Each week, students are immersed in speech and drama through an interesting theme. They enjoy communication games, inspired discussions, speech training and role play adventures, as well as taking part in both individual and group performances.

    Students work towards longer, more sustainable presentations of rhymes and poems. In addition, they are encouraged to use their oral language skills to solve problems posed through role-play adventures, and explore techniques of voice projection.
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  • For children 7 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Our focus in this programme is to build our students’ ability to articulate language meaningfully and clearly. Students partake in informal conversations on familiar everyday topics and express their own ideas with a growing amount of confidence.

    Drama is used as a tool to expose students to a variety of contexts and experiences, where creative and imaginative use of language is encouraged. Students develop the ability to listen and interact with their teachers and share ideas and information through presentations and role play.
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  • For children 8 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    In this programme, our students further develop the skills that they learnt in Speak Up 1 and begin to communicate using more complex language in a meaningful context. Students build their vocabulary in order to converse on a variety of familiar and newly presented topics, demonstrating an aptitude to listen and display their understanding.

    Students are provided with the opportunity to convey information in a logical order whilst developing an awareness of the audience and the purpose for communicating. When presenting on a prepared topic, students are encouraged to achieve clarity whilst ensuring they focus on the elements of speech. Along with verbal communication, students develop an awareness of how facial expression and body language can be used to convey mood when presenting.
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  • For children 9 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    Students are provided with experiences to use a range of language structures expressively and clearly. Their confidence increases when participating in a conversation and responding to a range of questions. The strategy of active listening is taught so that students develop as confident communicators and participate constructively in a conversation.

    In this programme, students prepare, create, organize and express their own ideas in the form of a speech before working as a group to do the same with their peers. The awareness of teamwork and different forms of expression increases, and students become aware of the tone they need to use for specific purposes and audiences. They also become more adept at using visual tools to support presentations when sharing ideas with an audience.
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  • For children 9 years old
    Class duration - 90 mins

    Verbal communication is a vital skill in our ever-changing and rapidly advancing society. Speaking allows us to build connections, exchange ideas, influence decisions and motivate change. With effective communication skills, your child will have the necessary tools for school, work and life in general!

    In Speak Up! for Primary 3, we focus on the foundations of strong communication: clear, fluent and accurate expression; pitch, pace, pause, projection and emphasis; the ability to think quickly; and the general art of conversation through appropriate eye contact and body language.

    With careful guidance and encouragement, we help students overcome their fears of public speaking. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.

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  • For children 10 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    In Speak Up 4, students are guided to communicate with greater ease and confidence to an audience, using both physical and vocal skills to do so.

    As students will have grown in their communication skills from Speak Up 1 to 3, they use persuasive language meaningfully, with clarity and purpose. Students are expected to form their own opinions on a range of topics and organise their ideas clearly and logically. They present these with confidence, clarity and with a high level of understanding.

    Whilst presenting their opinions, students need to explain and justify their perspective to the audience. They learn to communicate, describe and present significant issues with some persuasiveness to an audience.
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  • For children 10 years old
    Class duration - 90 mins

    Verbal communication is a vital skill in our ever-changing and rapidly advancing society. Speaking allows us to build connections, exchange ideas, influence decisions and motivate change. With effective communication skills, your child will have the necessary tools for school, work and life in general!

    Speak Up! Primary 4 continues the development from the previous year, with added focus on grabbing and sustaining an audience’s attention, as well as adapting to new and unique speaking situations.

    As always, our primary goal is to instil a sense of confidence that students will carry with them through school and into the rest of their lives. At the end of the course, students are offered the option of taking a Trinity College London Communications Exam.
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  • For children 11 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    In this programme, students are provided with the opportunity to present with comfort and confidence using appropriate language with an emerging vocal variety, and appropriate eye contact and body language. Students are presented with experiences to engage in conversations and respond to unfamiliar topics and views, showing appropriate awareness of the topic given.

    As communicators, students develop the ability to summarise and communicate information and articulate their individual views. They become aware of the use of appropriate expressive vocal delivery and body language to create the mood. When performing, students display the ability to sustain a presentation that is individual in nature, with a distinguishable, logical structure, with compassion to their peers whilst meeting the needs of their audience.
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  • For children 12 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 children per class

    The focus of Speak Up 6 is for students to use a wide range of language structures and persuasive speech with clarity, meaning and vocal expression. Students develop, organise and share their own creative ideas with a supporting rationale on a variety of topics of their own choice.

    Students are guided and encouraged to explore a wide variety of topics, and to develop their personal style when addressing an audience.

    An awareness of time management is also nurtured in order for presentations to be delivered in a timely manner. When performing, students display competence in expression and showing sensitivity to the audience needs and responses.
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  • For students 13 - 14 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 students per class

    In our Confident Communicator 1 - 2 programme, students devise and present for a variety of settings and audience types. Students develop the confidence and ability to use an appropriate range of language with vocal variety, body language and eye contact. Students communicate and summarise information related to social issues and convey their experiences and ideas with supporting facts.

    The skill of developing competency in sustaining evidently researched presentations from a range of perspectives within a coherent structure is fostered. Students communicate using a range of vocal and expressive techniques, showing mindfulness of appropriateness to the situation. In this programme, students learn to inform, persuade and inspire an audience. They also build an ability to look at situations from alternate viewpoints and respond to different opinions from their own.
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  • For students 15 - 18 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 students per class

    In our Confident Communicator 3 - 4 programme, students communicate with a high level of confidence by using a diverse range of verbal and non-verbal skills appropriate in different scenarios. Students build their ability to analyse and develop complex ideas and topics using a range of communication techniques to communicate these coherently to a variety of audience types and settings.

    When planning for their performance, students develop competence in preparing and designing their presentation using logic and creativity. Students develop skills to sustain fluent delivery of a range of presentations with ownership, expanding on points as appropriate, and engaging with authority with the audience. Whilst presenting, students combine skilful and appropriate use of voice, body, space and prepared aides to get their message across to the audience. The ability to debate and resolve discussions with alternative points of view is honed as students engage in activities to develop this skill.
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  • For students 13 - 16 years old
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 students per class

    This course encourages students to engage in a wide range of performance activities. It offers groups of three or more students the opportunity to present scenes from plays, from contrasting periods of dramatic literature, as well as giving them a chance to develop scenes through improvisation over an extended period of time with added spontaneity.

    Brainstorming plays a big part in this Trinity Drama programme. Students start from scratch, and are encouraged to think big to come up with something great. These skills are guided by the teacher to stimulate the development of ideas on topics. The idea is their starting point.

    Trinity Drama encourages analysis, reflection and understanding of the subtleties of the English language. This increases vocal awareness for both speaking and writing. Students use this increased language awareness when writing scripts and for daily communication.

    Students are taught how to use literature, both old and modern, for the stage, which often mirrors that which is used in examinations. For example, previously students have presented scenes from the renowned Irish playwrite Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Earnest. Trinity Drama motivates students to be confident and expressive speakers both on stage and in everyday social settings.
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  • For adults 19 years old and above
    Class duration - 1.5 hours
    Class size - 12 students per class

    Adult and tertiary students join this course to hone public speaking and communication skills. Prior experience in Speech and Drama or any other speech programmes is not essential as our trainers tailor lessons to suit the ability of the students in this programme.
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