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Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.

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Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.
Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work, Shakespeare lesson plans

Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work, Shakespeare lesson plans

A short scheme of work with clear and structured lesson plans which deliver at least 4 hours’ lesson time. The scheme introduces students to the story of Hamlet using a short extract from the beginning of the play and exploring this through movement, presentations, freezes, role play, mime and narration. The lessons aim to provide an introduction to Shakespeare’s great tragedy but the scheme is also helpful in supporting student’s understanding of Shakespeare’s language - and for introducing them to drama methodology. Suitable for Y4, Y5, Y6, Y7 and Y8. Great for new practitioners too. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thanks everso!
AliJC
Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters - KS2/KS3 Play Script

Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters - KS2/KS3 Play Script

Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters is a short comedy play script, suitable for KS2 and KS3, in which well-known characters from the fantasy genre come together in a common quest. It’s fabulous for any Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fans and you’ll laugh all the way through rehearsals - promise! Running time is approx. 25 minutes, cast size 20 (with some opportunities for non-speaking roles). The download includes full production and staging notes - with ideas for props, costumes, set and effects - plus great follow-on drama and English activities for further work in the classroom. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Drama Club Lesson Plans for Junior Drama Groups

Drama Club Lesson Plans for Junior Drama Groups

Three lesson plans for your drama club or youth theatre. Easy to follow, with clear instructions for warm-up games, main activities, and endgames. Covers ice-breakers, name games, freezes, movement and thought-tracking. Each lesson gives the aims, space required and resources needed. Brilliant as a starting point for new drama practitioners, or those who need ‘pick up and go’ resources. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Drama Club Teaching Resources Bundle

Drama Club Teaching Resources Bundle

Three different drama resources that go together to create the perfect teaching pack for anyone running a drama club or youth theatre. Three great lesson plans, a pack that explains all of the major drama methods and how to use them, plus a fantastic scheme of work that explores the story of Hamlet. This is ideal for new drama practitioners, or experienced teachers who want something quick and easy to use. Please leave a positive review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work, Shakespeare lesson plans

Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work, Shakespeare lesson plans

A short scheme of work with clear and structured lesson plans which deliver at least 4 hours’ lesson time. The scheme introduces students to the story of Hamlet using a short extract from the beginning of the play and exploring this through movement, presentations, freezes, role play, mime and narration. The lessons aim to provide an introduction to Shakespeare’s great tragedy but the scheme is also helpful in supporting student’s understanding of Shakespeare’s language - and for introducing them to drama methodology. Suitable for Y4, Y5, Y6, Y7 and Y8. Great for new practitioners too. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thanks everso!
AliJC
US Drama Club Lesson Plans

US Drama Club Lesson Plans

3 great starter lesson plans for your drama club or junior theater company. Each lesson plan contains enough material for at least 90 minutes of drama activity. The lesson plans are clearly laid out with guidance on aims, space required, equipment or resources needed (if any) and easy to follow instructions. Each lesson plan comprises 2 warm-up games, 3 or 4 main drama activities, and a fun, focused, end game. Brilliant for new drama clubs or junior theater groups.
AliJC
Simple Scripted Duologue

Simple Scripted Duologue

A great little original script for two people which can be used for improvisation, role play, characterisation work, script annotating or writing, or for exploring PSHE issues. Younger pupils can simply write the rest of the scene, the preceding scene, or the following scene. Older pupils can add cut-away scenes and develop the extract into a whole play. I’ve used it with KS2 and KS3 students and they’ve all created something different from it! If you found this resource useful, please take a minute to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
US Drama Resource Pack: Drama Methods And How To Use Them

US Drama Resource Pack: Drama Methods And How To Use Them

A great pack which lists 24 of the most popular drama methods and explains how to use them. Many of the drama methods described will be familiar to teachers, but some will be in the category of ‘I’ve heard of it but don’t know how to use it’ - and that’s where this pack helps! Each method (also known as a drama strategy) provides an outline of the technique plus 3 ‘how to’ examples for different age groups and contexts. Not only is this great as a reference pack but this drama methods pack also provides useful starting points for drama lessons or simple methods to use to explore other subjects in the classroom. 11 pages of useful explanations that will give you all the information you need on drama methods and how to use them. Just pick up and go!
AliJC
KS1 Autumn Poem Lesson Plan

KS1 Autumn Poem Lesson Plan

This KS1 lesson plan explores the autumn-themed poem The Leaves (by an unknown author) which describes the sights and sounds on a windy night in autumn. The drama lesson encourages children to bring these sights and sounds to life, performing the poem using mime, dance, expressive movements, and a sound orchestra! This is a great lesson for linking to a project on the seasons, night-time animals, or for a PE session. It runs for 20-30 minutes and does not require any equipment but needs a hall or large space for it to work effectively. This lesson plan includes suggested follow-on tasks and activities.
AliJC
Simple script for 2 characters, drama and English presentations, festivals

Simple script for 2 characters, drama and English presentations, festivals

A great short script for 2 characters which can be used for festivals, presentations and performances, or in a drama lesson to generate improvisations. It can also be used as a stimulus for script writing exercises, with students writing ‘before’ and ‘after’ scenes to develop the story. The mini script is also great for learning about character development and works well with a range of students, but particularly well with Grades 4-7
AliJC
Drama Club Lesson Plans for Junior Drama Groups

Drama Club Lesson Plans for Junior Drama Groups

Three lesson plans for your drama club or youth theatre. Easy to follow, with clear instructions for warm-up games, main activities, and endgames. Covers ice-breakers, name games, freezes, movement and thought-tracking. Each lesson gives the aims, space required and resources needed. Brilliant as a starting point for new drama practitioners, or those who need ‘pick up and go’ resources. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters - KS2/KS3 Play Script

Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters - KS2/KS3 Play Script

Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters is a short comedy play script, suitable for KS2 and KS3, in which well-known characters from the fantasy genre come together in a common quest. It’s fabulous for any Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fans and you’ll laugh all the way through rehearsals - promise! Running time is approx. 25 minutes, cast size 20 (with some opportunities for non-speaking roles). The download includes full production and staging notes - with ideas for props, costumes, set and effects - plus great follow-on drama and English activities for further work in the classroom. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Sample Pages For Sausages For Tea WW2 Play Script

Sample Pages For Sausages For Tea WW2 Play Script

A short extract from the mini play Sausages For Tea, which tells the story of one family’s experience of a WW2 air raid in a fictional town during 1940s Britain. The play mixes fact and fiction, allowing young performers to gain some appreciation of what life was like on the Home Front for children in Britain during World War Two. The play is short and, with a small cast, it is ideal for performances in assemblies and on topic days. These sample pages give you a taster of what the play is like and allow you to try before you buy! If you like this sample the complete script - with full production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fab classroom follow-on activities - can be found in the Arts On The Move Shop here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ww2-mini-play-for-ks2-ks3-11373895 Thanks everso!
AliJC
Sample Pages For The War of the Vegetables Play Script

Sample Pages For The War of the Vegetables Play Script

A short extract from the play The War of the Vegetables, a lovely one act play about bullying, differences, and living in harmony. The Peas and Tomatoes have accidentally been sown in the same vegetable patch. They are struggling to live together until the Runner Beans threaten to take over and they have to join forces against a common enemy. With narration in rhyming verse and some lovely comedy business from the different vegetables, this is a great play for a large cast of younger performers. These sample pages give you a taster of what the play is like and allow you to try before you buy! If you like this sample the complete script - with full production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fabulous classroom follow-on activities - can be found in the Arts On The Move Shop here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-war-of-the-vegetables-play-script-11437930 Thanks everso!
AliJC
St George and the Dragon Play Script

St George and the Dragon Play Script

A great one-act play for KS2 that tells the story of how the wandering Knight, George, became Saint George. Cast size 20+ (with opportunities for non-speaking parts) and a running time of approximately 30 minutes, it's great for topic days. The script includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects. It also includes great follow-on activities for further classroom work. This is a lovely, funny, script that provides a fabulous short and simple version of one of England's most enduring legends. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Shakespearean Insults

Shakespearean Insults

A small collection of great one-line Shakespearean insults and retorts for teachers to use in drama lessons, as a springboard for creative writing, or just for fun! Will work particularly well when included as part of a lesson on Shakespeare’s language or during play reading or script writing lessons. Perfect for Key Stage 2 and above.
AliJC
Drama Club Bundle

Drama Club Bundle

Everything you’ll need to start and run your own after-school drama club or youth theatre. Loads of great information, advice, and lesson plans!
AliJC
The Clown Who Couldn't Smile Play Script

The Clown Who Couldn't Smile Play Script

The Clown Who Couldn't Smile is a one-act play for KS2 pupils. It's a gentle comedy that explores the notion of happiness and the meaning of friendship. When Bonzo the clown loses his smile, he struggles to find it again and is in danger of losing his job at the circus, until help arrives unexpectedly. This play is great as a stimulus for discussing what it means to be happy. It also provides opportunities to include circus routines, gymnastics, musical extracts and a number of children in non-speaking roles. The script contains full staging and production notes, plus great follow-on drama and literacy activities for further classroom work. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
The War of the Vegetables Play Script

The War of the Vegetables Play Script

A lovely little play script for KS2 children, this is a gentle comedy which also raises such issues as racism, bullying and living in harmony with others. The Peas and Tomatoes battle for space in the same vegetable plot, until their existence is threatened by the Runner Beans! Simple to stage, with full production notes and guidance, the play also provides opportunities to include dance routines or musical numbers, and for children to participate in non-speaking roles. The download also contains great follow-on tasks for further classroom work. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Romeo and Juliet Play Script for KS2/KS3

Romeo and Juliet Play Script for KS2/KS3

A one-act version of the first half of Romeo and Juliet, which ends with the cliff-hanger of Tybalt's death. The script includes full production notes, with ideas for staging, props, costumes and effects, plus great follow-on activities for further classroom work - including suggestions for creating the rest of the story. Written as a 'soap opera' but with all character names and essential story elements intact, it's easy to follow and provides a great introduction to Shakespeare's greatest love story. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
WW2 Mini Play for KS2/KS3

WW2 Mini Play for KS2/KS3

A great mini play set in 1940 that tells the story of one family’s experiences during an air raid in a fictional town. The play enables pupils to gain some insight into the lives of children at that time, and to learn some historical facts about life on the Home Front during World War 2. It takes approximately 15 minutes to perform, so is ideal for assemblies and WW2 topic days. The script includes full production notes, with ideas for staging, props, costumes and effects plus some great history, english and drama follow-on activities for further work in the classroom. It’s simple to read, with a cast of just 6, so will work well for small groups to read independently. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Victorian Mill Children Play Script

Victorian Mill Children Play Script

Whistle As You Walk way is a one-act play for KS2 that dramatises the lives and times of Victorian children working in the cotton mills. Perfect for shared reading or performance, the play script enables pupils to gain some understanding of the difficulties and dangers faced by children in Victorian times. With a cast size of 32+ (including non-speaking roles) and a running time of approximately 50 minutes, the play is ideal for topic days. The script includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props and costumes, plus great follow-on drama, english and history activities for further classroom work. It also contains original songs and music, simple enough for young performers to sing and young musicians to play. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Matilda Poem Mini Script

Matilda Poem Mini Script

A mini script based on the narrative poem ‘Matilda (who told lies and was burned to death)’ by Hilaire Belloc. This pack turns the poem into a mini performance, with the lines of the poem being narrated and broken up using improvised scenes, mime, and short role-plays. It works well with KS1 and KS2, as they enjoy the gruesome nature of it, and can be used as part of an assembly on ‘telling lies’, or to support exploration of narrative poetry. Great for a quick end of term performance for friends and family. If you like this resource, please take a couple of minutes to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC