Primary English: Plays

Engaging lesson ideas, activities and scripts for reading, writing and performing plays with your primary pupils

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Primary School Children Performing A Playscript On Stage

Help your pupils to immerse themselves in plays with this collection of resources for exploring, understanding and writing scripts

This hand-picked collection of play resources for primary pupils, with everything from introductory lessons and group activities to script writing opportunities, will get your young learners warmed up and ready to perform and create. So, why not take a look?

Reading plays

Covering the key features of scripts, including how to read dialogue and stage directions, these are great resources to introduce plays to your pupils.

An Introduction to Drama Texts
Online_Teaching_Resources

An Introduction to Drama Texts

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An Introduction to Drama Texts is a ten slide PowerPoint presentation designed to help students understand the basic features of a drama text. The resource could be used before a class play is read to help pupils understand how a drama text works. The PowerPoint lesson includes: An example...
Aesop Fables The Lion and the Mouse Guided Reading Script
sue Russell

Aesop Fables The Lion and the Mouse Guided Reading Script

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Aesop Fables: The Lion and the Mouse Guided Reading Script plus lesson plan including teaching input, synopsis, guided reading script, discussion points and suggestions for further work. Cast of 6, around 10 minutes reading time Lesson: 20 30 minutes, depending on how much of the lesson ...
Doctor, Doctor - A short play / short script
FifthFloorDrama

Doctor, Doctor - A short play / short script

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The play is set in a doctor s waiting room, with the characters trying to remember something important. The play is original and fun for students to either perform in front of an audience, or to read as part of guided reading / literacy circles. Each character s part is highlighted throughout t...

Writing plays

Plans, templates, guidance documents and inspirational ideas to help young learners to create plays and practise writing in the correct format for play script.

Writing Playscripts: Structure and Organisation!
TandLGuru

Writing Playscripts: Structure and Organisation!

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This stimulating and thought-provoking lesson enables students to create playscript texts containing appropriate and accurate structures, using rules and knowledge to accurately organise their ideas. In particular, students learn how key features such as character lists, stage directions, act/scene ...
Planning a Play Script - Template to complete
Teach4Uresources

Planning a Play Script - Template to complete

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* Planning a Play script - template to complete. * A useful starting point before writing a play script. * 5 sections to complete: * Section 1: Which characters will be in your play? * Section 2: What entertaining event(s) will happen? * Section 3: Where will each scene take place (settings)? * Sect...

Performing plays

Explore this collection of scripts for whole-class productions or classroom-based practice, to get your pupils performing and showcasing their skills.

Cinderella in 5 minutes (humorous play script)
DJGunn

Cinderella in 5 minutes (humorous play script)

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A humorous re-write of the story / pantomime of Cinderella, designed to be performed in under 5 minutes. Adaptable / editable Word document, so you can make your own changes & add your own children to the attached cast list. Ideal for class assembly, this has gone down well at year 6 leavers' as...
Roman Class Assembly Script
NaomiHulme

Roman Class Assembly Script

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A class assembly designed around The Romans. Pay a visit to each area of Roman life in a court case style play to decide whether Romans should rule the school. Enough roles for 30 children.
Playscript for years 2/3/4: Blackbeard's Bad Day
MrCare

Playscript for years 2/3/4: Blackbeard's Bad Day

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This is a playscript I wrote for my year 3/4 class while we were studying pirates. We used it to put on a class assembly for the parents. I split the class into 4 groups and had a different group perform each scene, but you could give it to one group to perform for fun, or as a nice extension task....