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.



An active and fun strategy for deciding upon the order of scenes in a play, story or event. The teacher draws an imaginary time line in the room. One end of the line represents the beginning while the other is the end. The children have to call out the first scene and move themselves onto the line at the same time. Others join in spontaneously until the line and sequence are complete.

Example: History: Roman Britain

History Link:KS2 1a, b, 2a, c, d, 5a, c, 8a, 9 (direct link to Roman QCA)
Literacy Links:En1 2b, e, 3a, c, d, f, 4a, c, 11a


The children have previously explored the character of Boudicca and the Roman invasion of Britain. They use sequencing to recap the story of Boudicca's revolt ...

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