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 Christmas Story

The christmas story


  • To understand why Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem.
  • To understand the significance of the shepherds, the wise men and Herod with the birth of Jesus.

This series of lessons consist of a whole day's activities, or alternatively could take place over several days.


Familiarise children with the Christmas story through reading/telling the story and using visual aids.

Drama and Writing Activity 1

Play a relevant Christmas carol such as ‘How far is it to Bethlehem?’, ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ or ‘Little donkey’ in the background. Discuss with the children about Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. Why were they travelling there? Where is Bethlehem?

Children work in small groups to discuss the emotions/feelings that might have been experienced by Mary and Joseph – ...

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