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Rhyme, Rock & Role

I have been an SLT co-ordinating English, dance, drama and music. I have covered PPA by delivering drama and dance to children from EYFS - Y6. I have delivered INSET on drama, dance and music both in schools and at a county level. I have delivered the drama module for B.Ed students at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. I write children's poems and have had some published in compilations. I have written drama and dance lessons based on poetry, for Early Years Educator and Scholastic.

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I have been an SLT co-ordinating English, dance, drama and music. I have covered PPA by delivering drama and dance to children from EYFS - Y6. I have delivered INSET on drama, dance and music both in schools and at a county level. I have delivered the drama module for B.Ed students at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. I write children's poems and have had some published in compilations. I have written drama and dance lessons based on poetry, for Early Years Educator and Scholastic.
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.
Charlie & Chocolate Factory, drama, Y2-4
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Charlie & Chocolate Factory, drama, Y2-4

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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.
Play Script - short humorous play, Y5/6
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Play Script - short humorous play, Y5/6

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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.
Y6 LEAVERS' POEM-perfect for graduation
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Y6 LEAVERS' POEM-perfect for graduation

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This is an original poem written for a 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.
ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY - Whole class, KS2
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ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY - Whole class, KS2

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ENVIRONMENT WHOLE CLASS ASSEMBLY Included in this pack: A short play An original poem (PPT slides and a written version) I’m An Eco-Warrior, Get Me Into There! This is a play for a class of 30 children and is about four environmental issues: forests, rivers, ice caps and oceans. Each issue is represented in a game show by an Eco-Warrior. Each issue has a rap to perform and a group of Fact Finders. The Fact Finders each have a short paragraph of facts to say. Every child has the chance to speak, either with scripted dialogue or through the rap. There are scripted dialogue lines for 22 children and the other children are involved in the raps. You could also add more presenters and share the dialogue out between them. I have included the script as a word document so changes can be made to accommodate more or less speaking parts. Fact Finders can be added to by sharing the dialogue out more, or cut down by giving each Fact Finder more to say. Rappers can also be added to or cut down. One rapper from each environmental issue also has a single line of dialogue. As well as the whole play I have included the Fact Finder scripts and raps separately for ease of chopping them up, so you don’t have to give everyone the full script. Once Upon a Time There Was a Planet… is a 12 stanza non-rhyming poem about the affects we’re having on the environment. It’s presented as a 13 slide power point presentation, with powerful images. There is a written version included too. The poem is ideal for individual, paired, group or whole class work and would make an excellent addition to your class assembly. The first half illustrates how wonderful our planet is and the second half illustrates the devastating affect humans are having on the planet.
Minibeasts - 5 dance lessons, K.S.1
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Minibeasts - 5 dance lessons, 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.
Weather Dance - 5 dance lessons, K.S.1
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Weather Dance - 5 dance lessons, K.S.1

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This is a pack of five lessons for K.S.1 children, based on the weather. Each lesson can stand-alone. Each lesson ends with a whole class dance, which if done with a smaller group of children could easily be used in an assembly. CLASS DANCE Each of these lessons culminates in a whole class dance. The movements required for the dance are taught, and built up throughout the lesson. This means that by the end of each lesson you will have a small performance should you choose to use it. A cut down version – using a small group of children - could easily be performed in an assembly. MUSIC The pack uses music in every lesson; whether it be simple percussion instruments or recorded music. The suggested recorded music is listed below: • 'The Snow is Dancing' by Debussy • 'Summertime' by Gershwin • CD – BBC Essential Weather Sound Effects - Track 33 'Low - Pitched Wind' • 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst – 'Mars' PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS REQUIRED: • Tambour & beater • Maraca • Tambourine • cymbals Rain: looks at the effect the rain has on a flower. Looks at the movement of the actual rain. Snow: looks at the movement of snow. Looks at snowdrifts, which the children create in pairs. Sun: looks at the effect the sun has on our body. Looks at how actions can be turned into movements. Wind: looks at the effect the wind has on a kite. Looks at the movement of the actual wind. Storm: looks at the movements of clouds, rain and lightening in a storm
Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons, Y1
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Fairy Tales - 3 dance lessons, 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
Feelings  Poems + activities, Y5/6
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Feelings Poems + activities, Y5/6

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This unit is ideal for poetry work as well as P.S.H.E. The unit is supported by a 25 slide PPT presentation, as well as resource sheets and 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.
Jungle & Rainforest - dance lessons, Y2
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Jungle & Rainforest - 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.
Down on the Farm - drama lessons, Y1
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Down on the Farm - drama lessons, Y1

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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.
Environment Poem - KS2
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Environment Poem - KS2

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This is a 12 stanza, non-rhyming poem about the affects humans are having on the environment. The first half is about the wonderful things on the planet, and the second half is about what’s happening to them now. It is presented as a 13 slide PPT presentation, with each verse having a powerful image as the background. There is also a written version of the poem. This poem would be ideal for individual, paired, group or whole class poetry, as well as perfect to support work on the environment.
Greek Myths  - 6 drama lessons, Y5/6
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Greek Myths - 6 drama lessons, 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 Tunnel - 5 drama lessons, Y3/4
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The Tunnel - 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
TRANSPORT POEMS (5 poems) - EYFS/KS1
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TRANSPORT POEMS (5 poems) - EYFS/KS1

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This is a pack of five poems about transport, for E.Y.F.S. and K.S.1. The poems are all simple and rhyming. A suggested activity for each poem is included. THE WATER LAPS…: a four stanza rhyming poem describing being on a ship. BICYCLE, BICYCLE: a seven stanza rhyming poem with a repetitive pattern. Each stanza describes a different part of the bike e.g. wheels, handlebar etc. HERE COMES THE TRAIN!: an eight stanza rhyming poem describing the journey of a train. It uses onomatopoeia and has a repetitive pattern. Great for adding actions to in P.E. STRANGE SILVER BIRD: a poem describing a rocket, written as one long stanza. It could also be broken up into six short stanzas. Each line is very short to keep the poem moving along. THE CAR: a calligram poem using the shape of the car. ACTIVITIES THE CAR: There is a template for each mode of transport to be used for calligram poems. There is also the same template but with details added to be used as colouring sheets, if so desired. The poems BICYCLE, BICYCLE and HERE COMES THE TRAIN! have writing frames for the children to have a go at creating their own stanzas, or full poems. These can then be put together to make a whole class poem or done individually, in pairs or in groups. STRANGE SILVER BIRD: I have included the poem cut up into stanzas so the children can have a go at putting it back together. I have also included it split into pairs of lines, so the children can put it back together using the rhymes. THE WATER LAPS…: Read this to the children, or show it on the PPT and ask them to draw what’s being described. Is it a calm picture? Is there a storm? What’s in the picture besides the ship? Is the ship big or small? What shape are the windows? Are the dancing horses actually horses? I have also included some reading comprehension questions to go with this poem.
Toys Dance - 5 dance lessons, K.S.1
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Toys Dance - 5 dance lessons, 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
SPRING POEMS + lessons  for Y2 & Y3
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SPRING POEMS + lessons for Y2 & Y3

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Five poetry lessons about Spring: Lesson 1. Umbrella Chant - a choral chant, performance poem Lesson 2. Spring Acrostic - a non-rhyming acrostic poem (includes a framework) Lesson 3. A Tale of Spring - a rhyming list poem (includes a framework) Lesson 4. Golden One - a non-rhyming descriptive poem (includes a format) Lesson 5. Yes, Yes, Yes It Is! - a non-rhyming question and answer poem (includes a framework) All lessons are supported with power point slides and resources
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.
Wombat Goes Walkabout - drama lessons Y1
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Wombat Goes Walkabout - 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.
Healthy Living Poems - K.S.1
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Healthy Living Poems - 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