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Arts On The Move Plays and Resources

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.

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.
Macbeth Play Script for KS2/KS3

Macbeth Play Script for KS2/KS3

A one-act version of Macbeth suitable for KS2 and lower KS3 pupils. Includes full production notes, with ideas for staging, props, costumes and effects, plus great follow-on activities for further classroom work. Slightly modernised, but with all character names and essential themes intact. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Cinderella: From Story to Script Scheme of Work

Cinderella: From Story to Script Scheme of Work

A fabulous, comprehensive, KS2/Lower KS3 scheme of work that gives clear and detailed guidance on using drama strategies to explore the story of Cinderella and devise scripted pieces based on the traditional story. The scheme uses a wide range of drama strategies and is useful for both teachers who are new to drama and those who wish to expand their practical range. It gives detailed lesson plans on exploring story, themes, characters and on processes for script writing. The scheme also includes a copy of the story, a script template, and great follow-on tasks for further learning - enough material to cover a whole term and beyond! Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Drama Club Lesson Plans

Drama Club Lesson Plans

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
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
African Traditional Stories

African Traditional Stories

Moontales is a collection of African stories for children. These form part of a long tradition of telling folk stories in Africa and each tale has a simple message and a strong moral. These original stories can be used to explore tales from other cultures, myths and fables, or to create short plays or dance performances. If you like this resource and found it useful please take a minute to leave a review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
Primary School Drama Policy

Primary School Drama Policy

A complete drama policy for your primary school, with guidelines on strategies, implementation, differentiation and evaluation. This policy includes everything you’ll need to create and maintain a drama syllabus in your primary school. Also includes suggested resources, websites and other sources for support and additional information. If you like this resource and found it useful, please take a minute to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
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
Exploring News Headlines Through Drama

Exploring News Headlines Through Drama

This is a great unit of work for KS2 and KS3 pupils which uses drama to explore the stories behind newspaper headlines. It focuses on creating story, looking at pivotal moments, exploring character and feelings, reporting, representing and recording news items. The scheme is presented as one long unit but can easily be divided into shorter lessons. Drama methods include freezes, improvisation, interviews, hotseating and presentations. It’s also great for stimulating creative writing activities and mini presentations. If you liked this resource and found it useful, please take a moment of your valuable time to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
Exploring WW2 Through Drama

Exploring WW2 Through Drama

A short scheme, suitable for KS2 and KS3, that uses drama to explore elements of WW2. It covers issues facing children at home and as evacuees during the Second World War and provides lots of opportunities for discussion, interaction, and the sharing of information. The scheme is presented as one long unit but can easily be divided into separate lessons or bitesize pieces for the classroom. Drama methods include freezes, role play, improvisation, hotseating, mime and writing in role. The unit is brilliant as a springboard for further WW2 work, or to further reinforce WW2 topic work. If you liked this resource and found it useful, please spare a moment of your valuable time to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
WW1 Teaching Resources

WW1 Teaching Resources

A great bundle of WW1 teaching resources for KS2/KS3. Includes a mini play script plus performing licence and a great WW1 poetry into performance lesson plan, which would make a brilliant school assembly.
AliJC
Shakespeare Resources Bundle

Shakespeare Resources Bundle

Four great Shakespeare adaptations for KS2/KS3 plus a scheme of work based on Hamlet. Ideal for lesson planning, understanding Shakespeare, shared reading or performance. Each script contains brilliant tasks and activities for further work in the classroom. Enough material for at least two terms!
AliJC
Poetry Resources for KS1 and KS2

Poetry Resources for KS1 and KS2

Poetry-based lesson plans and scripts for KS1 and KS2 children. Great for exploration of narrative poetry and for giving a range of performances. This bundle includes a lesson plan based on a WW1 poem, a short lesson plan based on an autumn-themed poem, a script version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and a mini script of Matilda (who told lies and was burned to death) by Hilaire Belloc.
AliJC
Drama Club Lesson Plans

Drama Club Lesson Plans

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
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
WW1 Poetry Into Performance Lesson Plan

WW1 Poetry Into Performance Lesson Plan

An upper KS2/lower KS3 lesson plan which explores a narrative poem by Siegfried Sassoon. Students explore the rhythm of the poem, the concept of what it means to be a hero, the language of the poem, its characters, story and the strong contrasts it presents. Various drama methods - speaking aloud, mime, freezes, thought-tracking, improvisation, tableau - bring the poem to life, culminating in a mini performance of the poem. It’s a powerful and inspirational session. The lesson can be completed in 75 minutes and the resulting performance is brilliant for topic days or a whole school assembly.
AliJC
History Plays Bundle

History Plays Bundle

Five fabulous play scripts which explore different periods in history: WW1 and WW2; Victorian mill children; Britain’s child migrants and the history of the theatre - part one! Fabulous teaching resources, perfect for shared reading, assemblies, or performances. Each play also contains great activities and tasks for further classroom work.
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
How To Run A Drama Club

How To Run A Drama Club

A fantastic pack full of all the information you need to start and run an after-school drama club or youth theatre. Covers start-up issues, insurance, royalties, health and safety and also includes 12 fabulous drama lesson plans, an outline for a mini performance, drama methods, tips for props and costumes - plus loads more! Over 50 wonderful pages.
AliJC
Hamlet Stuff for KS2 and KS3

Hamlet Stuff for KS2 and KS3

Everything you’ll need to introduce Hamlet to your students! Includes ‘Hamlet, the Murder Mystery’ play script, ‘Hamlet, the Murder Mystery’ Performing Rights Licence and a short Hamlet scheme of work. Please leave a review if you found this helpful, thank you.
AliJC
WW1 and WW2 Resources

WW1 and WW2 Resources

Great WW1 and WW2 resources. WW1 Mini Play 'And Then We Were At War...' Performing Rights Licence for 'And Then We Were At War' WW2 Mini Play 'Sausages For Tea' Performing Rights Licence for 'Sausages For Tea', plus WW2 Drama Lessons pack. Please leave a review if you found this helpful, thank you.
AliJC
Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work

Introduction to Hamlet Scheme of Work

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 Starter Pack Bundle

Drama Club Starter Pack Bundle

Three different drama resources that go together to create the perfect starter 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 review if you found this resource useful, thank you.
AliJC
Hamlet, the Murder Mystery Performing Licence

Hamlet, the Murder Mystery Performing Licence

This is the Performing Licence for the play script Hamlet, the Murder Mystery. You should purchase this if you are planning to perform that play. This licence allows you to give up to five performances of the play to an audience of up to 200 people (paying or non-paying). It's valid for 6 months.
AliJC