At St Edward’s Prep our children are lucky enough to have access to the positive and empowering world of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Two of the key areas that LAMDA focuses on are communication and emotional awareness, soft skills that employers say they are finding increasingly more difficult to find in candidates.
These are fundamental skills that Amy teaches during her LAMDA lessons and you can see as their confidence grows how the children flourish under her expert guidance and tuition. Amy spent 14 years with Berzerk Productions (https://www.berzerkproductions.com/) and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the transformative power of the dramatic arts. Amy encourages them to speak clearly and concisely and with confidence at all times, gently persuading them to bring their individual personalities to the forefront during their acting and mimes. The children are given weekly tongue twisters to practice such as ‘six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards’ which provide an ideal warm up and an aid to concentration, projection and diction. Depending on which LAMDA exam they are to be entered for, the children will then work on a poem or mime of their choice, learning the words, developing actions and acting along to bring the words to life. Children are entered regularly for LAMDA exams to showcase their achievements. There is always a weekly LAMDA showcase at Friday’s Celebration Assembly to encourage the children to share their performances with the other staff and children at St Edward’s Prep.
The LAMDA exams are about celebrating achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of individuals – but they are also about empowerment. It provides our pupils with these soft skills that are needed to be a success – attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas which all come in handy through later life.
As you will see from the LAMDA website – https://www.lamda.ac.uk they are the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. In this time, their qualifications have helped hundreds of thousands of candidates of all ages and abilities to develop lifelong skills.
Therefore, we really do encourage our pupils at the school to sign up to LAMDA which they can do from Year 1.