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During my previous full time primary school teaching career I was co-ordinator for English, dance, drama and music. I now work part time covering PPA, and teach drama to children from EYFS to Year 6. I have delivered INSET on using drama in the classroom. I have written many poems and had a few published in compilations. I have written drama and dance lessons for Early Years Educator and Scholastic. I hope you find these packs useful – they have all been used in the classroom.

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During my previous full time primary school teaching career I was co-ordinator for English, dance, drama and music. I now work part time covering PPA, and teach drama to children from EYFS to Year 6. I have delivered INSET on using drama in the classroom. I have written many poems and had a few published in compilations. I have written drama and dance lessons for Early Years Educator and Scholastic. I hope you find these packs useful – they have all been used in the classroom.
Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...

Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...

This is an original poem written for our Y6 leavers’ assembly. It is made up of 12 four line, rhyming stanzas. It can be used for individual, paired, group or whole class poetry writing. It is also ideal for using in the end of year leavers’ assembly. It covers the topic of Y6s leaving primary school, and their hopes and dreams as they look forward to moving to secondary school. It can either be simply recited or acted out. Included is a 13 slide PPT presentation.
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Play Script - Jonah and the Whale, Y5/6

Play Script - Jonah and the Whale, Y5/6

This is a play suitable for an end of year production or Year 6 leavers' assembly. It lasts about 30 minutes. It is set in the modern day which makes the story more accessible to the children. It is amusing and appeals to both boys and girls. There are 24 speaking parts (including 11 narrators which could be condensed into less) and non-speaking parts for the football fans, the rock group, the storm sequence and the underwater sequence. Music suggestions are made for the various sequences and these can be kept very basic or choreographed as full dances. Costume is left up to you as it is set in modern day.
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Minibeasts Dance - 5 dance lessons for K.S.1

Minibeasts Dance - 5 dance lessons for K.S.1

This is a pack of five dance lessons based on minibeasts, for K.S.1 children. The first four lessons focus on one minibeast, and the fifth lesson brings all of the minibeasts together into a dance. Lesson 1: Spider - this uses the movements of a spider and the shape of its web, and includes group work Lesson 2: Bee - this uses the movements of a bee and the shape of it's hive, and includes group work Lesson 3: Ladybird - this uses the movements of a ladybird and includes pair work Lesson 4: Butterfly - this uses the movements of a butterfly, looks at symmetry and includes pair work Lesson 5: Minibeast Dance - this brings together all of the minibeasts into one big class dance, to music The lessons are supported by a 14 slide power points presentation. The pack also includes a poem. Each lesson uses a verse of the poem.
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Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...

Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...

This is an original poem written for our Y6 leavers’ assembly. It is made up of 12 four line, rhyming stanzas. It can be used for individual, paired, group or whole class poetry writing. It is also ideal for using in the end of year leavers’ assembly. It covers the topic of Y6s leaving primary school, and their hopes and dreams as they look forward to moving to secondary school. It can either be simply recited or acted out. Included is a 13 slide PPT presentation.
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City Dance - Dance scheme based on the city, Y5 & 6

City Dance - Dance scheme based on the city, Y5 & 6

This is a dance scheme based on the city, for years 5 & 6. Over the course of the five lessons the work builds to a whole class dance. The music used is Axel F from Beverley Hills Cop. This track can be found on many synthesizer CDs; I have suggested Synthesizer Hits 2 which can be found on Amazon. There is a 10 slide PPT presentation to support the unit. Lesson 1: The children work out a sequence of walking, changes of direction and freezing in groups. Individually they then add in city actions to a walking and freezing sequence. Lesson 2: The children create their own movements for the city actions. They then create a sequence using these actions in pairs. This pair work then builds into group work. Lesson 3: The children think about actions done in the morning before leaving the house, and what happens when people meet in the street. In groups they work on one city action and by the end of the lesson they are starting to put together the whole class dance. Lesson 4: The children use exaggeration to stretch out the actions and with a partner they create a sequence using these movements. In pairs they use mirroring and matching. Lesson 5: The children create city buildings and skylines, in pairs then groups. These are then added in as the finale to the dance.
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The Tunnel (Anthony Browne) - 5 dramas lessons, Y3/4

The Tunnel (Anthony Browne) - 5 dramas lessons, Y3/4

This is a pack of five drama lessons based on Anthony Browne's popular book 'The Tunnel' A full description of each drama strategy used in the lessons is included, as are general notes for using the pack. Lesson 1: How characters are different, how they feel and creating a conversation between the two main characters. Uses - freeze frame, hot seating and sculpture Lesson 2: Solving conflict and acting out a script. Uses - freeze frame, sculpture, scripts and silent participation Lesson 3: A character's thoughts, what a character should do and creating a whole class piece to music. Uses - conscience alley, hot seating and performance Lesson 4: Creating an atmospheric scene, creating a scene from off-stage and creating a performance for the rest of the class. Uses - atmosphere and acting out Lesson 5: Using freeze frames to present ideas and key parts of the story, a character's thoughts & feelings and creating conversations to show how characters have changed. Uses - freeze frame, moving pictures and thought tapping
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The Weather Assembly - whole class play, K.S.1

The Weather Assembly - whole class play, K.S.1

'Emilio lives with his mother, in a village on a Caribbean island. He is a very naughty boy and causes lots of problems. When he’s naughty he makes sparks fly. His mother gets very angry with him, and when she is angry the air rumbles loudly. The villagers are scared of them both. The Village Leader decides that the villagers have had enough, and he sends them both far away. It takes three attempts before Emilio and his mother are sent far enough away, so they can’t scare the villagers anymore…' This short play (for a whole class assembly) is based on a traditional Caribbean tale and would link very well to a topic on the weather. There are speaking parts for every child in a class of 30. However, you can change this by simply giving fewer children more to say, and have some children with non-speaking parts. For example, there are seven Ibis birds all saying one line each; this could easily be changed to less birds speaking. I have left the play as a word document so changes can be made. Characters: 4 narrators Emilio (This could be changed to Alesha if you want it to be a girl instead of a boy) Mother (This could be changed to father if you want it to be played by a boy) Village Leader (This would traditionally be a man but could easily be played by a girl) 4 rabbits 4 hens 4 sheep 4 villagers 7 Ibis birds Line count (the number of times the character speaks in the play, not the number of sentences spoken. There is a lot of repetition e.g. the villagers say the same thing every time they come on): Village Leader – 16 Emilio – 7 (including singing his song accompanied by the class) Mother – 7 (mainly singing her song accompanied by the class) Narrator 1 - 2 Narrator 2 – 2 Narrator 3 – 2 Narrator 4 – 2 Villagers (1-4) - 3 Rabbits (1-4) – 2 Hens (1-4) – 2 Sheep (1-4) – 2 Ibis birds (1-7) - 1
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Outer Space Assembly - whole class, KS2

Outer Space Assembly - whole class, KS2

OUTER SPACE WHOLE CLASS ASSEMBLY Included in this pack: A short play (including a Word version of the script to change the number of speaking parts etc) Two original poems (PPT slides + written versions) PPT slides of all the planets 1) 'I’m the Most Important Planet' - a play about the planets arguing over who is the most important. It has speaking parts for a class of 30 children, but this can be altered to have less speakers. It includes several facts about each planet. I have left it as a word document so changes can be made. As well as the full script I have also included the individual planet script excerpts, to save everyone having to have a copy of the full script. 2) 'A Mass of Puzzling Questions' - a gentle, descriptive poem about outer space; it has two stanzas and is non-rhyming. This could be used to inspire artwork, music, poetry writing and dance work – all of which could be included in the assembly. 3) 'Fight in Space' - a short poem about spaceships having a fight in space; it has seven short stanzas and is non-rhyming. This is an action poem full of noises and could be used to inspire artwork, poetry writing, music and a dramatic interpretation - all of which could be included in the assembly.
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Fairy Tales - 11 drama lessons for Y3/4 based on 4 fairy tales

Fairy Tales - 11 drama lessons for Y3/4 based on 4 fairy tales

This pack contains 11 drama lessons based on four popular fairy tales. It is accompanied by 16 resources and a PPT presentation. There are full descriptions of the drama strategies used. 1) The Three Billy Goats Gruff - two lessons based on script work. The strategies used are freeze frames, and performing a script as well as creating their own. There is also a short script for the whole story, which could be used for an assembly. 2) Jack & the Beanstalk - three lessons. The strategies used are: corporate brain, conscience alley, freeze frames, improvisation, movement to music, mime and T.I.R. 3) Dick Whittington - three lessons. A short version of the story is included. The strategies used are: hot seating, improvisation, freeze frames, mime, scripts and picture whoosh! 4) Little Red Riding Hood - three lessons. A full, new version of the story is included. The strategies used are: sculpture, improvisation, conscience alley, hot seating, thought circle, freeze frames and moving pictures
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (five drama lessons for Year 2, 3, or 4 based on the book)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (five drama lessons for Year 2, 3, or 4 based on the book)

This is a unit of work containing five lessons to take you through the book. I used the hardback pop-up version but the paperback novel is also fine. The lessons involve individual, paired and group work and use well-known drama strategies. I did this work with a class of Year 2 who had been taught drama by me since reception. If you have Year 2 children who are used to drama then this will work for you; if you have Year 3 or 4 children who are not used to drama this will also work well with them. Lesson 1 - Welcome to the Factory. The children create the chocolate factory to music. Each group contributes a different aspect of the machine. Lesson 2 - Winning the Golden Ticket. This lesson uses the drama strategies: thought circle, freeze frame and thought tapping Lesson 3 - Meet Willy Wonka. This lesson uses the drama strategies: role on the wall, conversations and hot seating Lesson 4 - Investigating the Four Rooms. This lesson uses the drama strategies: mime and freeze frame Lesson 5 - And Finally... This lesson uses the drama strategies: freeze frame, dialogue These five lessons are supported by 11 resources: - several pictures - a newspaper article to print out - a golden ticket to print out - a role on the wall figure - prompts to hand out to the children - extracts from the book This pack is also accompanied by a power point presentation of all of the pictures.
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Play Script - short humorous play, Y5/6

Play Script - short humorous play, Y5/6

This is a short humorous play initially written for use with my drama club. I then went on to use it in the Year 6 leavers' assembly. It has seven characters, as well as a chorus that can be as large or as small as you like. The costumes are simply hats, and the list of props is very short and simple. It appeals to both boys and girls as it contains very obvious humour, as well as over the top characters.
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Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons for Y1

Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons for Y1

A set of three stand-alone dance lessons based on three different fairy tales. Each lesson culminates in a whole dance. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - a dance lesson using percussion instruments The Enormous Turnip - a dance lesson using The Carnival of the Animals - Tortoises Jack and the Beanstalk - a dance lesson using individual and group work
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Feelings  Poems - 5 poems + activities, Y5/6

Feelings Poems - 5 poems + activities, Y5/6

This unit is ideal for poetry work as well as P.S.H.E It includes five original poems: The Red Hot Feeling - anger (a four stanza rhyming poem) I Fear... - fear (a seven stanza non-rhyming poem covering various things a child is scared of eg not being picked, falling out with friends, walking home alone etc) Please Someone Try to Change It - loneliness (a four stanza non-rhyming poem covering a child with no friends and not understanding why) Draining Hope Away - sadness (a one stanza non-rhyming poem using similes) A Cosy Feeling of Warmth - happiness (a four stanza rhyming poem covering various things that make children happy) There is a list of general activities to use with all of the poems, as well as specific activities for each individual poem. The unit is supported by a 25 slide PPT presentation as well as resource sheets.
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Play Script - Jonah and the Whale, Y5/6

Play Script - Jonah and the Whale, Y5/6

This is a play suitable for an end of year production or Year 6 leavers' assembly. It lasts about 30 minutes. It is set in the modern day which makes the story more accessible to the children. It is amusing and appeals to both boys and girls. There are 24 speaking parts (including 11 narrators which could be condensed into less) and non-speaking parts for the football fans, the rock group, the storm sequence and the underwater sequence. Music suggestions are made for the various sequences and these can be kept very basic or choreographed as full dances. Costume is left up to you as it is set in modern day.
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Christmas Poems - 5 poems + activities KS1/2

Christmas Poems - 5 poems + activities KS1/2

A pack of five original poems using Christmas as their stimulus, for K.S.2. There are general activities which can be used with all of the poems, as well as specific activities for some of them. I Looked Outside - a rhyming poem about a snowfall in the night No Crown of Jewels - a rhyming poem about the birth of Jesus, and the truth about Christmas rather than the glitz It's Christmas! - a rhyming poem using a different Christmas element for each stanza, for example; the tree, Santa and a present. This poem also follows an obvious pattern What? - a rhyming poem comparing the baby Jesus to the latest toy that children desperately want at Christmas Yes, Yes, Yes It Is! - a non-rhyming question and answer (verse and chorus) poem, again with an obvious pattern. The poems are supported with a 43 slide power point presentation
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European Stories - 8 drama lessons for Y4/5 using 3 stories

European Stories - 8 drama lessons for Y4/5 using 3 stories

This unit uses three traditional stories from Spain, Poland and Norway. Copies of the three stories are included. SPAIN: Half-a-Chick - This story has three accompanying drama lessons and covers body language, tone of voice, conversations, characters' thoughts & feelings and the giving & receiving of feedback. The drama strategies used are: listening circle, improvisation and conscience alley. POLAND: The Dragon of Krakow - This story has two accompanying drama lessons and covers creating a setting, role work and whole class performance. The drama strategies used are: sculpture, process drama, T.I.R., moving pictures and scene carousel. NORWAY: The Boy Who Went to the North Wind - This story has three accompanying drama lessons and covers the use of effects to illustrate key points in a scene. The drama strategy used is scripts If you want to learn more about drama strategies take a look at my pack of 23 strategies for £5 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/drama-strategies-primary-23-strategies-for-the-non-specialist-to-develop-speaking-and-listening-11602421
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Science Poems - 8 original poems KS1/2

Science Poems - 8 original poems KS1/2

This is a pack of eight original poems I wrote to use with various science topics. There are general activity suggestions for all of the poems, and specific activities for the individual poems. They can be used with both K.S.1 and K.S.2. The poems are supported by a 37 slide PPT presentation. 1) Colours Say...: a non-rhyming poem, each stanza is about a different colour 2) FIZZLE! CRACKLE!: a rhyming poem about electricity. This would be ideal for a rap 3) FIRE! FIRE!: a non-rhyming two stanza poem which describes fire, using two different viewpoints 4) Machine: a rhyming poem about the sounds and movements of a machine. This would make an excellent performance poem, and could also be used for a dance lesson 5) MAGIC ME!: a simple rhyming poem about the five senses. Ideal for an U.K.S.2 class to prepare as a performance for K.S.1 children 6) How Does an Animal Move?: a non-rhyming poem with each verse looking at the movement of a different animal 7) Sounds Around...: a rhyming poem about the sounds of everyday objects 8) A Mass of Puzzling Questions: a non-rhyming poem about space
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Greek Myths  - 6 drama lessons based on 2 myths, Y5/6

Greek Myths - 6 drama lessons based on 2 myths, Y5/6

This pack is based on two Greek myths, and each myth has three lessons. Various drama strategies are used as well as individual, paired, group and whole class work. The drama strategies are all explained, and there are also tips for using the pack. Resource sheets and PPT slides are included where necessary. Both myths come with an original version of the story. King Midas and the Golden Touch: Lesson 1: creating a conversation; improvising, planning and rehearsing an ‘off-stage’ scene Uses - improvisation and dialogue Lesson 2: considering what a character should do and what he thinks; creating a conversation Uses - thought tapping and hot seating Lesson 3: improvising a group scene; considering what a character should do and what he thinks; creating an ending for the story Uses - hot seating, improvisation and conscience alley Theseus and the Minotaur: Lesson 1: using body language and tone of voice; considering what a character thinks; thinking, speaking and reacting in role Uses - freeze frames, thought tapping, conscience alley and T.I.R. Lesson 2: considering a character’s feelings; being in role for a whole class drama; deciding on what will happen next Uses - hot seating, sculpture, freeze frame and T.I.R. Lesson 3: choreographing movements; improvising a paired scene, considering a character’s feelings; predicting a character’s actions Uses - movement, improvisation, hot seating and flash backwards & flash forwards
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Fairy Tales (14 drama lessons for K.S.1 based on five popular fairy tales)

Fairy Tales (14 drama lessons for K.S.1 based on five popular fairy tales)

This pack contains 14 drama lessons based on five popular fairy tales. It is accompanied by 22 resource sheets and a PPT presentation. The lessons include individual, paired and group work. There are full descriptions of the drama strategies used. 1) The Three Little Pigs: three lessons using mime, freeze frame, hot seating, T.I.R and sculpture. 2) Hansel and Gretel: three lessons using mime, script work, sculpture and T.I.R 3) Little Red Riding Hood: three lessons using sculpture, thought circle, mime, hot seating and movement to music 4) The Enormous Turnip: two lessons using mime, thought circle, hot seating and movement to music 5) The Three Billy Goats Gruff: three lessons using sculpture, improvisation, script work, hot seating and movement to music
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DRAMA STRATEGIES - 23 strategies for the non-specialist

DRAMA STRATEGIES - 23 strategies for the non-specialist

This is a pack of 23 drama strategies. Each strategy is fully explained and has examples for every relevant stage of the primary age range - I am a primary school teacher. However, these strategies are just as suitable in secondary schools, and they can ALL be used in a secondary setting. The strategy remains the same, it's just the topic or text that has to be changed for the older age groups. The strategies have been selected for the non-specialist to use, and focus on the development of speaking & listening. The pack is ideal for EAL children. There are two types of strategy: 1) Speaking is the end goal 2) The actual drama process relies on speaking & listening for its success Where required, resources are provided to accompany the strategies. There are several short script excerpts included.
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Toys Dance - 5 dance lessons for K.S.1

Toys Dance - 5 dance lessons for K.S.1

This is a pack of five dance lessons for K.S.1, based on the theme of Toys. There is also a resource pack and a PPT presentation to support it. Ideally an actual toy should be used for each lesson, but if this isn't possible, the picture resource provided will do. Each lesson uses music and the two CDs required are: 'The Synthesizer Album' by Project D & 'Children's Games' by Bizet The pack includes an original poem called 'The Toy Box' which isn't referred to in the lessons, but is there as an extra resource if required. Each verse corresponds to a lesson, and the individual verses are included in the PPT presentation. Each lesson culminates in a whole class dance, with the movements for the dance being taught in the lesson. This gives you a short performance at the end of each lesson and, if done with a smaller group of children, can be used in an assembly. Puppet: looks at the jerky movements of a puppet Rubber Ball: looks at the different movements of a ball Robotic Toy: looks at the stiff movements of a robotic toy Kite: looks at the gentle movements of a kite Rag Doll: looks at the floppy movements of a rag doll. Includes partner work
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Hugless Douglas, Oliver's Vegetables & Smile, Crocodile Smile - 7 drama lessons, Y1

Hugless Douglas, Oliver's Vegetables & Smile, Crocodile Smile - 7 drama lessons, Y1

This is a unit of seven drama lessons for Year 1 based on four popular picture books. The lessons are accompanied by resource sheets and PPT slides. Book 1: Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling - two lessons using mime, voices and acting out. The lessons incorporate individual, paired and group work Book 2: Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep by David Melling - two lessons using mime, voices and thinking about a character's feelings. The lessons incorporate individual, paired, group and whole class work Book 3: Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French - two lessons using movement, mime and performance. The lessons incorporate individual, paired and group work Book 4: Smile, Crocodile, Smile by An Vrombaut - one lesson using mime and thinking about a character's feelings. The lesson incorporates individual and group work.
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Me Poems - 8 poems for K.S.1

Me Poems - 8 poems for K.S.1

This is a set of eight original poems all about ME! The poems are all simple and rhyming. They follow a quatrain pattern, vary in length and have a similar rhythm. They are great for using with actions. Each poem has a worksheet with a writing idea - this can then be turned into the children's own poems. There is a PPT presentation of the poems included. Magic Me! - this is about the five senses with a stanza for each sense I Like... - this is seven stanzas long and looks at some of the things that children typically like I Don't like... - this is seven stanzas long and looks at some of the things that children typically don't like. It is in the same style as I Like... How Do I Feel? - this looks at emotions, with a new stanza for each one I'm Really Rather Complex - this is six stanzas long and looks at what makes us unique, both in how we look and how we behave Friends - a simple three stanza poem What Can I Do? - this looks at some of the different things that parts of the body can do, with a new stanza for each body part Will I Have Some Post Today? - this is six stanzas long and looks at a child waiting for the post, imagining what might be delivered
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