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.


PSHE and Citizenship Objectives:KS2 2b, d, 4a.
Literacy Links:KS2 En1 2b, c, 3a, b, c, f, 4a, c, 11a; En3 12.


The teacher gives a short introduction describing how Billy and his friends go into a local sweet shop. Billy is nine years old and hasn't stolen before but he feels the pressure of friends to do so. The shopkeeper is a friend of Billy's family.

Conscience Alley

Should Billy steal or not? Ask one of the class to take the role of Billy. Represent the conflicting pressures upon him of his friend and that of his own conscience. Ask Billy to indicate which pressure is the stronger by moving to that part of the alley at the conclusion of the strategy.


Whatever decision Billy takes in the conscience alley ...

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