17th June 2011 at 01:00


Drama, plays and scripts

From Shakespeare on TV to Wild Things

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

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 class takes 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 that can be acted out or used as an inspiration for writing scripts or exploring parody and comedy drama.

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 legend of King Arthur.

For younger children, there are play scripts 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 (pictured left).


Fairytales on film

Short films of six fairytales are now available on the BBC Learning Zone's class clips site. The collection includes Little Red Riding Hood and The Princess and the Pea.

Furry friends

A 3D film on the relationship between humans and animals opens at the Science Museum in London on 2 July. Born to Be Wild 3D documents the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue and raise them.

High notes

The National Association of Music Educators has unveiled the programme for its annual conference this autumn. The two-day event will take the theme of musical pathways and includes practical workshops. Visit


Healthy eating

As part of primary PHSE, pupils should be taught about healthy lifestyles and what constitutes a balanced meal. This collection includes activities looking at the effects nutrients have on the body and the value of different foods.

A good way to introduce different food types is a TESiboard game where pupils have to feed "Little Bear" with the food he asks for from different categories. Another asks them to drop various types of food into a sorting tray.

Resources developed by the British Nutrition Foundation include the Lunch-o-matic Memory Master, which asks pupils about the content of their school lunches and records it for them.


Learning to tell the time

From simple clocks to comparisons of formats

Learning to tell the time can be a challenge for children. This collection of resources will help them learn to tell the time and practise finding and recording intervals of time.

To get the class started there are a number of TESiboard interactive activities, including a simple class clock where teachers can set a time and ask pupils to tell them what it is. Another task asks pupils to set a given time, and another to place the correct numbers on the different positions on a clock face.

NHfLCymru has uploaded a resource comparing the hour hand to the tortoise and the minute hand to the hare, in a race around the clock face: "To make it fair, the hare has to make it back to 12 but tortoise only has to get to the next number along," it says.

There are also resources comparing digital clocks and watches to analogue clocks. Alwayslearning has uploaded a PowerPoint that shows the time written in a number of formats.

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