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‘This book is written in a straightforward, unfussy style directly addressed to the busy classroom. The activities have obviously been tried successfully in real lessons, and the involvement and enjoyment of the children as a result is quite clear.’-Geoff DeanSchool Improvement Advisor Milton Keynes Local Education Authority Packed with ideas and activities, this book is a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and communicate more effectively.Activities include:- setting up a talk corner- using story bags and story boxes- using Circle Time and playing games to encourage talkThere is advice on linking the activities to the various curriculum subjects and a selection of photocopiable material is included. All the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus is on children aged 5 to 8, but the activities can be adapted to suit younger and older children.Class teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCOs), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and Teaching Assistants will find this book supportive, clear and rooted in good practice. Elizabeth Sharp has been a Literacy Co-ordinator and Leading Literacy Teacher (demonstrating lessons for other teachers in her area. She is now a literacy Consultant and freelance illustrator.

Drama, Role-Play and Mime
Drama, role-play and mime

This chapter includes:

The use of selected drama activities including hot-seating and paired improvisation in:

  • Literacy
  • PE
  • Art
  • History.

Drama and role-play are brilliant tools for learning and they fit quite easily into literacy and other subjects across the curriculum. I have included here some of the activities that have worked well for me.

Issues of Self-Confidence

Being in role can be worrying for some individuals, child and adult alike, and can require a certain amount of confidence. If you are one of the less confident sort, try not to be self-conscious; the children love watching teachers and other adults in role, and you most certainly do not lose any dignity or respect. Not all children are natural actors either; some may ...

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