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.

Forum Theatre

Forum theatre

A situation is enacted by children assigned the established roles as the rest of the class watches. At any point and with the teacher mediating, the observers can stop the action to discuss different approaches, new developments or take time out to advise those taking the roles. Other children can also take on the roles as appropriate.

Example: PSHE and Citizenship: Breaking the Law

PSHE and Citizenship ObjectivesKS2 2b, d, f, 4a
Literacy Links:En1 2 b, c, 3a, b, c, f, 4a, c, 11a; En2 2a, b, c, d, e, 12


Working in groups of three, the class create a still picture of someone their age shoplifting in the local corner shop. The three characters should be – the shoplifter, a friend of the shoplifter's family ...

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