Every year in Sapling’s we perform a Christmas play to the parents. We begin to practice the songs in October and hold ‘auditions’ for the children. The auditions are purely to see which of the children would like to stand up and speak as they are all given the chance to take part if they want to. We then give the all children parts in the play. Every child who wants to stand up and speak is given the option to do so and we will give out lines for the children to learn at home. In November we begin to practice the play, with the children all standing up to say their lines and going on stage when needed. In December we have a week of dress rehearsals so the children get used to wearing their costumes. We then perform to the parents over three days.
The skills they develop form this are personal, social and emotional, and expressive art and design skills within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). CoEL (Characteristics of Effective Learning) is promoted by setting the children a challenge and helping them achieve a goal, so they can be proud of themselves. It also helps to build their concentration skills and develop their role play by taking on a particular role, showing excitement and enthusiasm for their part in the play.
The children never fail to amaze us with how amazingly well they do. They show such confidence, whether it’s standing on stage to say a line or sitting down and singing the songs. They are all superstars!