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English - Bring Bard to the little ones

What the lesson is about

Drama can play a spontaneous part in lessons, be a focal element, or help pupils become more immersed in a topic. This collection of "Drama Plans and Scripts" offers activities for groups or the whole class, and a bridge across age ranges.

How to use it

There is a selection of resources on introducing Shakespeare to primary- age children. This includes content from Teachers TV, which looks at a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and how a Year 6 (P6) class can take on Macbeth. There are also play-specific resources and adapted scripts for Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest.

If you want to try out a play with your class, there are several scripts, including one called "Girl in da hoodie", which is a funny, modern version of Little Red Riding Hood.

The script can be acted out or used as an inspiration for writing scripts or exploring parody and comedy drama. There is also a High School Musical spoof script for use in an assembly or concert.

There are a number of history-focused plays looking at Britain since 1930, children being evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War and the story of King Arthur.

For younger children, there are playscripts for a harvest festival play, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and a plan for a drama lesson on Maurice Sendak's classic story Where the Wild Things Are.

There is also a Teachers TV video on how one teacher incorporates drama into her key stage 1 (P1) maths classes.

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