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

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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.
Outer Space Assembly - whole class, KS2
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Outer Space Assembly - whole class, KS2

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

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

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

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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.
Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons for Y1
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Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons for Y1

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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
Autumn Poems - 6 poems for KS1/2
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Autumn Poems - 6 poems for KS1/2

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This is a pack of six original poems - spanning both key stages - using autumn as the stimulus. Autumn - a rhyming poem about the transition from autumn to winter Yes, Yes, Yes It Is! - a non-rhyming question and answer poem about autumn Friend or Foe? - a rhyming poem about Halloween which can be written in three different ways Crackle! Spit! - a rhyming poem with a pattern, about Bonfire Night. There are two accompanying dance lessons for K.S.1 with this poem Bonfire Night - a non-rhyming poem which can be written in a straightforward way, or as calligrams We Dare You To! - a rhyming poem about the dangers of playing with fireworks, and also the issue of wanting to fit in. This has an accompanying Y5/6 drama lesson The pack includes general activities to do with the poems, as well as specific activities for the individual poems. There is a 40 slide PPT presentation to support the activities.
Science Poems - 8 original poems KS1/2
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Science Poems - 8 original poems KS1/2

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

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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
Down on the Farm Unit (five drama lessons for Year 1 based on the farm)
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Down on the Farm Unit (five drama lessons for Year 1 based on the farm)

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Five drama lessons for Year 1 children, based on the theme of the farm. There are two stand alone lessons and three lessons that use the same book. Stand alone lessons: Meet the Animals 'You're Too Small' by Shen Roddie Set of three lessons: 'The Pig in the Pond' by Martin Waddell The lessons use some basic drama strategies and include individual, paired and group work.
Greek Myths  - 6 drama lessons for 2 myths, Y5/6
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Greek Myths - 6 drama lessons for 2 myths, Y5/6

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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
The Jungle & the Rainforest - 5 dance lessons, Y2
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The Jungle & the Rainforest - 5 dance lessons, Y2

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This is a unit of five dance lessons based on the jungle and rainforest. Each lesson is individual and will stand alone, however I would recommend that you do ‘The Machines are Coming’ after doing either ‘Rainforest’ by Helen Cowcher or ‘Rainforest Dance’ so you won’t have to use time going over the same animals. Lesson 1: 'The Jungle' - group dances based on a poem Lesson 2: The Machines are Coming - whole class dance based on the diggers coming into the rainforest. Uses the CD 'The Art of Noise' but any music with a mechanical, heavy beat will do Lesson 3: 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker - whole class dance telling the story of the book Lesson 4: Rainforest Dance - upbeat dance using the movements of the rainforest animals. Uses CD 'One World - A Musical Journey Around the Globe' but any upbeat piece of music will do Lesson 5: 'Rainforest' by Helen Cowcher - whole class dance telling the story of the book. This pack is accompanied by a power point presentation of the resources used in the lesson ‘The Jungle’. If you don’t have an IWB in the hall, the resources are also included in the lesson pack for you to print out.
Minibeasts (Bee) - dance lesson, Y1)
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Minibeasts (Bee) - dance lesson, Y1)

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This is a dance lesson based on the different movements of a bee, and uses individual and group work. It culminates in a whole dance. The music used is The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov. This is the first in a series of dance lessons using minibeasts as their stimulus.
FAIRY TALES THROUGH DRAMA
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FAIRY TALES THROUGH DRAMA

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This bundle contains 25 detailed drama lessons. KS1: 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. The Three Little Pigs: three lessons using mime, freeze frame, hot seating, T.I.R and sculpture. Hansel and Gretel: three lessons using mime, script work, sculpture and T.I.R Little Red Riding Hood: three lessons using sculpture, thought circle, mime, hot seating and movement to music The Enormous Turnip: two lessons using mime, thought circle, hot seating and movement to music The Three Billy Goats Gruff: three lessons using sculpture, improvisation, script work, hot seating and movement to music KS2: 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. 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. Jack & the Beanstalk - three lessons. The strategies used are: corporate brain, conscience alley, freeze frames, improvisation, movement to music, mime and T.I.R. 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! 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
Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...
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Y6 Leavers' Poem - Within These Walls Our Dreams Began...

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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.
Wombat Goes Walkabout (Australia) - 3 drama lessons, Y1)
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Wombat Goes Walkabout (Australia) - 3 drama lessons, Y1)

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Three drama lessons based on Michael Morpurgo's beautiful book about a wombat who loses his mother. He comes across several animals as he looks for his mother, and they are all very quick to tell him how good they are at something. However, when a fire starts is it one of these clever animals that saves the day - or wombat? The drama lessons require the children to work individually and in groups. They also use basic drama strategies.
Fairy Tales (14 drama lessons for K.S.1 based on five popular fairy tales)
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Fairy Tales (14 drama lessons for K.S.1 based on five popular fairy tales)

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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
Feelings  Poems - 5 poems + activities, Y5/6
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Feelings Poems - 5 poems + activities, Y5/6

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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.
Healthy Living Poems - 2 poems for K.S.1
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Healthy Living Poems - 2 poems for K.S.1

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This pack is simply two poems with no lessons attached. Robbie Likes to Choose - a story about a little boy who won't listen to his parents when they try to tell him to eat healthily Grubble and Squeak - two cute characters try to get the children to live their lives like them; one lives a healthy life, the other one lives unhealthily Included: - a PDF of the two poems - a PPT presentation of the two poems plus illustrations