Teacher says she is gifted actress

(5 Posts)
monopoly123 Tue 03-Dec-13 18:13:14

How serious are they? My 9 yr old dd is in yr4, her teacher stopped me to say "I need to talk to you about your dds acting", he said out of all the years he's taught he had never known a child take on a character like her and I need to get her to a drama club. She's done holiday clubs & got good feedback from their, she stands out on stage to me but then I'm her mum (so of course she stands out to me).
She does a few other extra curricula activities outside of school, and she says she'll give it a try in the new year. But I don't really want her to do too much.
I suppose, what I'm asking is how exceptional would a child be for a teacher to make such a comment?

Periwinkle007 Tue 03-Dec-13 19:58:43

I think it comes down more to whether she is interested and enjoys it.

She is quite possibly very talented or it could be coincidence that the part she had been given appealed to her, or that he hasn't really had that many children who enjoyed drama before.

I think if she is keen to do it then you should encourage her to give it a go. Drama is a fantastic way to build confidence, public speaking skills etc and I honestly belive it does kids the world of good even if they aren't talented. If she is talented and she enjoys it then this would soon be very obvious in a drama club or lessons and she can take it from there.

I did drama lessons from 8-18 and went all the way through to my gold medal exams. I loved it but I wasn't hugely talented I don't think and I always wanted to be behind the scenes in school plays which was a bit strange but that is just my personality.

Can she do individual or small group drama lessons at school? would save trying to fit them in outside of school.

HamletsSister Tue 03-Dec-13 20:01:07

It depends on the school. Mine is tiny so exceptionally talented would cover 2/3 pupils in a play but, in a bigger school, they may not be the ones who stand out. I would get her as much experience as possible but not set too much store by it. A huge part of teaching is building confidence.

monopoly123 Wed 04-Dec-13 20:17:27

Thanks for your replies, we've found a group that fits in with other activities that we'll try her at in January.
She's very confident & when she's done the holiday clubs she's happily sang solo in front of people.
The thing at school that made her teacher comment was just a Tudor role play.

spudmasher Wed 04-Dec-13 20:24:51

Try www.notapushymum.com. Friendly crowd (haven't been there in a while but I'm sure they still are!)

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