Ms Naomi teaching her LAMDA pupils at John Donne Primary
At all of the primary schools she is associated with, Naomi introduces her pupils to the LAMDA programme of examinations. Her many years of experience as a theatremaker and in creating productions with young actors mean she can submit pupils for these exams with high confidence.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies, and has offered examinations in communication and performance for over 130 years. Naomi prepares pupils for the LAMDA examinations in Verse to schools, both Introductory and Graded for Solo and Group presentations.
Naomi Cortes preparing her LAMDA pupils for their examinations
During the spring term of “P is for Poetry” Naomi selects pupils for their Introductory exams, an excellent starting point for children who have never taken an exam before. Participants chosen have all shown a a natural aptitude for poetry but also gain skills in confidence and memoraisation, teamwork and presentation.
For those pupils who want to want to progress further, Naomi provides opportunities to participate in LAMDA's Graded exams. At this higher level, learners are expected to prepare and present two distinctive poems, understand the different context, styles and rhythms and articulate the meaning and sentiment of each poem as a whole, as well as individual words and phrases. "LAMDA is important to me because you are given a chance to express yourself and live up to your true potential." Bethany, Year 6 - John Donne Primary
Pupils at John Donne Primary, Goose Green Primary and John Keats Primary preparing for their LAMDA exams
Naomi is now the head of two LAMDA private centres based in Southwark schools, and can offer this facility to other local primary and secondary schools. Each year the number of children participating in this part of her poetry programme has increased substantially, with her pupils all passing with merits or distinctions. "I like doing LAMDA because I get to work with Miss Naomi and I really like working with her. I am also really proud of myself." Lewis, Year 5 - John Donne Primary