Primary English: Plays

Whether you are reading, writing or performing plays, check out these tried-and-tested resources for primary classrooms

Tes Resources Team

Primary School Children Performing A Playscript On Stage

Help young learners warm up their understanding of plays before they step into the limelight

With a class made up of budding writers and actors, as well as those less likely to want to steal show, it's important to give every child the tools they need to read, write and perform plays. From introductory lessons to creative writing opportunities, we've hand-picked a range of engaging activities to turn your whole class into superstars. What are you waiting for? The show must go on…

Reading plays

If enter from the wings and stand downstage to a packed house sounds like jargon, then we've got some resources for you to look at before the curtain rises. Covering the key features of scripts, including how to read dialogue and stage directions, these are great resources to get your class up to speed.

 

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 ...

Writing plays

Combining the strict structural layout of a script with children's imaginations, this form of expression offers young learners the chance to delve deeper into the dialogue of their characters. These plans, templates and guidance documents will help them write plays that make it to the curtain call.  

 

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 ...

Performing plays

Whether you are looking for whole-class performances or classroom-based practice, these are just some of the original playscripts that the Tes community have produced. Time to call lights, camera, action and let your class showcase their speaking and listening skills.

 

Shakespeare's plays assembly script
paulfg42

Shakespeare's plays assembly script

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Assembly script based around the plays of Shakespeare, with scenes from many of his most popular plays. Completely original (apart from Shakespeare's contributions!).
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.