Originally developed for deaf children, this innovative and successful drama programme addressing personal, social and emotional needs can benefit all children in primary schools. The interactive and lively ideas cover a variety of themes from empathy to assertiveness. Bringing together the expertise of a drama teacher and the skills of a teacher of the deaf, the book provides an unconventional way of exploring human concerns.
Session 1: Beginnings
- To encourage introductions between the children.
- To establish a trusting and friendly atmosphere.
- To begin to introduce a ‘feelings vocabulary’.
Materials and Preparation
- An interesting object — a ball, a furry animal, a precious stone (for ‘Middle, left, right’).
- Use ‘Getting into pairs’ (from the CD-ROM). Print so that each child will have one piece of paper with a word on it (for ‘Pairs — still images’).
- Flipchart and pens (for ‘Pairs — still images’).
Introductory Name Game
Middle, Left, Right
The children should be sitting in a circle. Introduce a ‘talking object’ (when the child holds it they may talk or sign). The idea is to pass the object around the circle and each person to first introduce themselves and then the person on their left and right. Model this for the ...