Using ideas and activities already tried and tested in the classroom, this book shows practitioners how imaginative drama lessons and activities can be used to help encourage and improve children's writing, speaking and listening skills. Perfect for the person who might not be used to leading drama-based activities, this book takes a step-by step approach that will help even the most daunted teacher tackle drama with confidence. Also included are: " ideas for suitable writing and drama activities; " advice on lesson planning; " list of useful resources; " examples of children's work and teachers' comments. Class teachers, teaching assistants, literacy consultants and drama and English co-ordinators looking for practical, fun drama activities to support literacy will find all the help they need in this book.



Work in pairs with one a sculptor and one as a passive block of clay. The sculptor creates a statue or frozen character by moving the body of the block of clay into appropriate positions.

Example: Literacy: The Giant's Footprint

Literacy Links:En1 2b, c, 3a, b, c, f, 4a, c, 11a


Before the class enter the space the teacher has created the shape of a giant's big footprint on the floor. This can be done by drawing a chalk outline or placing string in the shape of the footprint.

The following activities then occur:

  • Using a different space if possible, the teacher introduces the lesson by explaining that everyone is living in an imaginary land close to icy mountains. The class then moves into the space and gathers ...
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