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.

Space Building

Space building

Creating an imaginary space, environment or building by placing everyday objects to represent significant things within the space.

Example: Literacy: Narrative Writing – A Suspense Story

Learning ObjectivesAssessment Criteria Year 6
taken from Ros Wilson's:Planning and Exemplification Units


Working in small groups the class recreate rooms or areas in a ‘spooky house’ as they imagine them. Half the class will be recreating these as imagined by the children of the neighbourhood while the other half as seen by the old man who lives there. The group place ordinary objects to represent things or belongings. For example, a ripped newspaper represents a smashed pane of glass, an upturned hat is a bucket to catch drips from a leaky roof.

Written Work

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