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: History/Literacy/Music

The second world war: History/literacy/music


  • To understand and explore in greater depth the impact of the Second World War on children.
  • To write a diary account.
  • To write an informal letter.

NC Refs

History:2. a, 2c, 5c, 11b
English:1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 3.1, 3.2
Music:1a, 1c, 3b

Prior to Drama

Pupils make gas mask boxes to wear around neck and papier mâché tin helmets using balloons as mould and a cardboard rim measured to fit head. Paint khaki green.

Children learn to sing ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’ and ‘It's a long way to Tipperary’. These harmonise well together and can be sung as a round.

Drama Activity 1

Set the scene of a railway station in 1930s Britain. Draw a line on the hall floor with chalk to ...

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