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The Drama Studio

The Drama Studio teaches Creative Drama in Edinburgh in independent classes and within Primary schools. Interactive teaching techniques used to deliver the curriculum, highly motivate students to learn, improving attainment and transforming the learning arena. Teachers increase in confidence as they become skilled in the techniques, developing positive relationships with their students. The approach is guaranteed to ignite Topics and seriously enhance Literacy.

The Drama Studio teaches Creative Drama in Edinburgh in independent classes and within Primary schools. Interactive teaching techniques used to deliver the curriculum, highly motivate students to learn, improving attainment and transforming the learning arena. Teachers increase in confidence as they become skilled in the techniques, developing positive relationships with their students. The approach is guaranteed to ignite Topics and seriously enhance Literacy.
Interactive Literacy Teaching Video
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Interactive Literacy Teaching Video

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Over To You Videos - Review them here - https://www.thedramastudio.com/over-to-you-teaching-previews-2.html Designed to improve Literacy, a dynamic, Teaching video combining practical class activity with embedded Literacy tasks, suitable for age 8-12. Presented by two experienced teachers. The video links straight to your smart board, popular with both teachers and students. Teachers find the video provides enough content for a term’s topic. Format Teachers Julie and Louise deliver the animated teaching content as the students watch and listen. Then they will describe an Over To You activity, either practical or written or both, for the students to do. Class teachers are given notes on the content and the video time line detail which specifies when to pause the video for an activity. In addition to drama activities and techniques, writing activities are embedded throughout as task which are an integral part of the storyline. Help screens are provided to aid recall and stimulate ideas. Class teachers find that this exciting approach motivates students to truly express themselves and importantly to transfer the practical activity into writing. The video is also a great support for teachers who recognise the power of a dynamic teaching approach but would like some direction to boost their confidence. Story Three friends discover a tumble-down old mansion house with an amazing tower. Inside a cobweb strewn parlour leads to a spiral stair - to that tower! Inside the tower room, the door locks itself and they are a bit scared now. Before their eyes emerge some strange images - the spirits of the house! The friends listen to the tales of the spirits. Will they be allowed to leave or are they involved in the story that has entrapped the spirits here at Stokelake for all these years? Key Skills Drama - Improvisation, Detailed Mime, Thought Tapping, Group Work, Suspense Creation, Hot Seating, Role and Character, Presentation, Completing a story. Literacy - Using Scripts, writing Story Chapters, Using Prompt Help Screens. This Over To You Programme motivates and helps students to write a scary, suspenseful stories which can be done as caption and picture or as creative narratives. Review "We are LOVING it ! Great vocabulary modelled in the video. This prompted good discussion about taking our time to choose the right vocabulary when on to the written element and not rushing it. They were excited and engaged throughout including the writing session. Reluctant writers were focused on task. There’s more time to think about making it better (vocabulary/ exploring advanced punctuation) because they already have their ideas in their head before writing. The help screen with vocabulary and reminders is really useful for chapter one so we wrote our own one for chapter two today." “The video is straightforward with great presentation factor and the children were totally engaged". Natalie Marnie with ages 9-10…
Interactive Literacy Teaching Video
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Interactive Literacy Teaching Video

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Interactive Literacy Teaching Preview the Videos here https://www.thedramastudio.com/over-to-you-teaching-previews-2.html Designed to improve Literacy, this dynamic, interactive Teaching video combines practical classroom activity with embedded Literacy tasks for age 8-12. Content for a whole term’s topic. Presented by two experienced teachers, highly popular with both teachers and students. The Format Teachers Julie and Louise deliver the animated teaching content as the students watch and listen. Then they will describe an Over To You activity, either practical or written or both, for the students to do. Class teachers are given notes on the content and the video timeline detail which specifies when to pause the video for an activity. In addition to drama activities and techniques, writing activities are embedded throughout as task which are an integral part of the storyline. Help screens are provided to aid recall and stimulate ideas. Teachers find that this exciting approach motivates students to truly express themselves and importantly to transfer the practical activity into writing. The video is also a great support for teachers who recognise the power of a dynamic teaching approach but would like some direction to boost their confidence. **** Storyline**** The story takes place in the little town of Deadeye. It was a happy place – then, things changed. There was not a single drop of rain for 3 months. The river dried up and the land was dry as a bone. The people wondered what to do and a meeting was held at Rosie Mae’s saloon bar to decide what action to take. At that very meeting old Josephine recalls a story her Grandpappy told her about the old disused copper mine and how a visit to that mine to take from it an important object changed the luck of Deadeye. There was, however mention of a curse but hey it was only a story after all! Only a story? Well the townsfolk decide to visit that mine and what happened from that point on turned out to be mighty strange! Key Skills Improvisation, Intensive Listening, Detail Recall, Close Observation, Meetings, Presentation, Paired Activities, Report Writing, Reading Reports, Debating, Note Taking, Configuration Mime, Paired Scripting, Line Dancing, Reading/Using Video Help Screens, Letter Writing and Reading, Collaborating To End The Story, Creative Writing There are 16 Over To You Activities fully described but you will find your students will want to try many more as they get creative with the storyline! Reviews "Great starting point and we were able to develop it on. The children got more confident with the activities. The time length between activities is very good- the children anticipate the Over To You! Fantastic resource from a Literacy point of view. They were immersed and totally hooked into it." Amanda Carmichael with Age 8/9
Interactive Literacy Teaching Video
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Interactive Literacy Teaching Video

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Over To You Previews Here - https://www.thedramastudio.com/over-to-you-teaching-previews-2.html This teaching video is part of The Over To You series for age 8-12. The video is presented buy two experienced teachers and is streamed by video link to your smart board. This resource begins with a Mimed storyline which really focuses the student attention to detail. DESCRIPTION and FORMAT Two painters paint a park bench. They go to the snack van, forgetting to do a vital thing. Two people arrive with a picnic, see the beautiful bench and take a seat. … a beautiful lunch in the sun does not end well! Amusing and simple Mime encourages creativity which Teachers have said is ideal for less confident students and classes that are generally more reluctant to speak. After watching the teacher’s mimes they say what they think is happening. A speeded up section with detailed subtitles reveals what the story is. The students then try the mimes for themselves. There are writing opportunities suggested in Teacher’s Notes throughout. The second part of the video adds in dialogue and again the students follow this up themselves adding in their own ideas leading into writing a funny story. Teachers have found that this simple story has produced a fascination with the key characters and students have come up with back-stories and follow-ups worthy of soap opera writing, most amusing but really getting them into writing! Key Skills Improvisation, paired activities, mime, close observation, sequencing, group discussion and presentation, adding dialogue to mime, merging group ideas to complete storyline. listening and talking. (11 Over To You Activities) "The children are really enjoying it. They are very attentive watching the video clips. Your explanations of what to do are clear and the class are ready to get on with it when you say and now, it’s over to you’. Don’t think I’ve needed to provide additional clarification. It’s really successful and the class have been engaged with the drama from the outset." Audrey MacLeod with age 9. “P7B have completed park bench and have loved it. They have really liked how interactive it is and it created a great stimulus for writing. It has created a wonderful scaffolding for writing (which ties in with Pie Corbett’s talk for writing perfectly). Eilidh Mears with age 11.
Back To School Games Teaching Video
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Back To School Games Teaching Video

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Great Classroom Games Video In this teaching video you will see an experienced teacher with a class doing really good classroom games. These are ideal for a Back To School activity with a new class enabling the teacher to observe the students and to engage with them, setting down class ground rules in a fun way. Students will learn to co-operate and pay attention to detail. Listening and talking when appropriate are key skills as well as recalling from memory and close observation. The age range taking part in the video is age 5-13 showing that good games can work well across a wide age group. These are the games and how they are listed alongside the time line so that you can scroll straight to the game you want to learn. The video is subtitled and there is also full Teacher notes included. Video Time line 00.05 Cars - Students move in pairs as car and driver. Good movement game. 05.08 Is There A Ghost behind Me?- Great game for focus and listening. 09.32 Snowball - Good Drama mime game. 14.52 Good Morning Your Majesty - A disguising your voice game. 18.42 Popcorn- Lots of variations to this focusing game. 21.16 Two Trues and A False - A guessing game and good for getting to know each other. 24.19 Excuses - A trickier game that challenges the older students but video shows a mixed age group. 34.41 The Evolution Game - Evolve from Amoeba to human. Good moving around game in a small space. 37.50 Aeroplanes - Holding breath and humming game, popular. 42.57 Big Chief - Copy cat game with detective guessing who the leader is.
Perseus and The Medusa - Classroom Drama Into Literacy
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Perseus and The Medusa - Classroom Drama Into Literacy

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**THIS LESSON IS CURRENTLY ON OFFER WITH A CLASS ROOM GOOD GAMES VIDEO ** 10 games demonstrated by an experienced teacher and a class which will be especially useful for Back To School getting to know a new class, observing your students and embedding class rules in a fun way! You will be given a link to the teaching video. Perseus and The Medusa Lesson Set Classroom Drama and Interactive Learning is a fantastic way to explore a Topic and to raise Literacy attainment. This traditional Greek myth has all the makings of an exciting extended storyline for age 9+ and will cover a good term’s work with your class who will have lots of ideas for expansion in addition to the Lesson Plan suggestions. The students will work together as a class and in groups to enact the story scenes and importantly to give them their own unique creative twist. Full details, photos and links to a great free music website are all included in the lesson plan. ** Each activity either embeds or follows up with writing. ** OUTLINE AND KEY SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES. The Birth of Hermes- Done as a fantastic whole class Whoosh technique with Teacher’s script within Lesson Plan. Into Literacy -Cartoon captioned stories. Athena and Hermes - Improvisation and Presentation in groups building confidence throughout. Into Literacy - Embedding Scripting. 3.Perseus and the Graeae - Improvisation, Passing The Eye Technique. Into Literacy-Scripting The Cave of The Stygian Nymphs - Mirroring, simple but very effective Movement Technique. Into Literacy -Descriptive Writing 5.The Cave of The Medusa - Statues (Tableaux), Characterisation. Into Literacy - Character description. Paired scripting, Atmospheric narratives with suggested atmospheric presentation ideas. Atlas and Andromeda - Still Images, Monster Movement. Into Literacy - Exciting Accounts of saving Andromeda. The Olympic Games -Tableaux and Improvisation. Into Literacy - Reporting the accident at the games. Back To Seriphus -Improvisation. Into Literacy - Summary of Main Points in the Myth, caption stories.