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The Learning Curve

LAMDA in Primary
  • Primary Matters
Louise Holmes

Many children in Primary are eager to develop their performing art skills and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) provides the perfect opportunity for getting up on stage and having fun whilst developing a host of communication and creative skills. Founded in 1861, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK, and offers examinations in speech, drama and musical theatre from Introductory level to Grade 8.

LAMDA: Helping to develop a broad range of skills

LAMDA performance in Primary at Mougins school

The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA Examination helps pupils, whatever their age or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Reading fluently and with good understanding, expanding vocabulary to improve self-expression, improving confidence in speaking and listening, memorising and recalling information and doing further research and presentations, to name just a few. Above all, LAMDA lessons encourage pupils to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and to experience the thrill and excitement of taking part in live entertainment. 

From Hansel and Gretel to Aṅgulimāla

This term our students have chosen from a wide range of literature including traditional tales, poems and contemporary scenarios.  Scenes will be performed from tales such as Hansel and Gretel, the evil character Angulimala from ancient India, and Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. Students have also explored robots, jungle animals and personal scenarios such as being  distracted when trying to do homework, being forced to do piano lessons or having a crush on a classmate.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their different characters and experimenting with their voice and actions to create magic on stage with minimal props, costumes and scenery. 
All pupils come to lessons with great enthusiasm and energy and are eager to perform their pieces in assemblies and during the LAMDA Showcase evening for parents and pupils on Thursday 11th May. Their final exams are on Zoom this weekend. 

We wish them all the very best and as they say in theatre, “Break a leg!” which ironically means good luck!!

  • Primary