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.



The classroom becomes a courtroom. A fictional character, historical figure or an organisation is put on trial by the class. Roles such as jury members, judge, witnesses, defence and prosecution counsels may be allocated as required. Verdicts will be decided and appropriate punishment agreed upon, for those found guilty.

Example: Traditional Tales: ‘The Big Bad Wolf’

Literacy Links – Year 3 Term 2 Objectives:T2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, S2, S3
PSHE/Citizenship Links:KS2 2b, f, k


After reading the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ the class consider if the wolf is guilty of plotting to eat grandma and Little Red Riding Hood.

Written Work

  • Role on the wall. The class fill in an outline of the wolf with adjectives to describe his appearance and behaviour.
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