TES collection English Introducing Drama
Primary English - Introducing Drama
The benefits of drama are multifold: children have opportunities for their emotions to be expressed and controlled; they will begin to voice their opinions and to listen to and appreciate those of others. In this collection we have resources for drama reference and theory, as well as activities for introducing drama to pupils through warm-up games.
Further collections will focus on scripts and drama activities for the different key stages.
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Reference / unit plans
- Why teach drama in schools? Includes: recognising good drama; structuring drama in schools; policy; facilities and resources.
- A brief guide, with lots of practical tips and exercises, to the use of drama as a tool to help children to become more aware of themselves, of other people and of life itself.
- A useful booklet with subject specific vocabulary listed by areas too. Originally aimed at KS4 but handy for non-specialist primary teachers as a reference.
- Glossary for displaying on Learning Walls, for children to use on tables or as cards to play a vocabulary game.
- A two week plan looking at a variety of prepared scripts and broadcasts, both radio and TV. Pupils write their own scripts and create a short audio broadcast.
- Education pack from National Strategies, Globe Education and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- A basic powerpoint to introduce The Globe Theatre to children. Can be used as a starter to feed into study of Shakespearean plays.
- A scheme of work looking at Macbeth and applying a range of techniques to a selection of possible approaches to the text.
- Plans for Drama Club - 12 weeks of 1 hour sessions, including lots of drama games.
- Reminds students of behaviour and attitudes that will help them get the best out of drama.
- A certificate / writing frame for participation in a performance. Adapt this template to suit any school production by changing the pictures.
Warm-ups and drama games
- Great ideas for Drama Warm Ups and Circle Games.
- A variety of drama games covering themes such as improvisation, miming, and freeze frames.
- A link to a huge range of drama games to suit many ages and situations.
- This lesson introduces the idea of improvisation in acting, using drama games to build conversations and to overcome ‘blocks’ in conversations.
- Cards to use as an introduction to drama lessons in order to develop expressions and body language to convey different emotions.
- A fun-filled, loud and interactive game to break the ice in drama sessions.
- Cards for playing charades as a drama warm up game.
- Character, setting and dilemma cards for use in literacy and drama.