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.

Still Image

Still image

Using the body to create a frozen picture. Children work individually, in groups or as a whole class. The picture can capture a moment in time like a photograph or be more abstract to represent a painting or sculpture.

Example: Literacy: A Big Book Story

Literacy Links:En1 2a, 4a, b, c, 11a; En3 2, 9a, b, 12


The class have been discussing the Big Book Hannah set in 18th century England. The drama focuses on Hannah's visit to a London market with her father. While there Hannah's father is wrongly accused of stealing and arrested. In groups of two or three children recreate the moment of his arrest by making a still image. This is further developed by a whole class still image of the ...

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