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 Second World War: The Blitz

The second world war: The blitz
History Links:KS2 4a, b, 5c, 8a, 11b
Literacy Links:En1 2a, 4a, b, c, 11a. Enc3 1a, 9a, 10, 11

To Set the Scene

Hall in a mess as if the aftermath of a bombing raid.

Children enter, but no mention is as yet made regarding the scene. Children sit in a circle.

Explain to the children that this is no longer the school hall, but for the time that we are going to be working in here, it will be a street.

Explain that at times during the drama, both yourself and the children will take on roles of other people, but that you will tell them who and when.

Suggest a start and stop signal to clearly show when the drama ...

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