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 explore causes of friendship breakdown.
- To consider in particular the effect of insults.
- To consolidate the effect of compliments from the previous strand.
Materials and Preparation
- Flipchart paper and pens (for the activities ‘Causes of friendship breakdown’ and ‘Compliments and insults’).
- Plastic or tin plate.
Introductory Name Game — Affirmation Game
My Best Friend
Seat the children in a circle. Start by modelling a statement about your best friend, for example: ‘I'm Mr Wright and my best friend is Paul’. The child to your left then says/signs, ‘This is Mr Wright and his best friend is Paul. I'm Mandy and my best friend is Holly’. Continue around the circle, with each new child having to remember and make a statement about the friend of the ...