Originally developed for deaf children, this innovative and successful drama programme addressing personal, social and emotional needs can benefit all children in primary schools. The interactive and lively ideas cover a variety of themes from empathy to assertiveness. Bringing together the expertise of a drama teacher and the skills of a teacher of the deaf, the book provides an unconventional way of exploring human concerns.
Session 1: Beginnings
- To use the feelings vocabulary established in the first module.
- To explore the ‘stories behind’ feelings.
- To discuss the different reasons people might have for a feeling.
Materials and Preparation
- Use ‘Feelings sculptures’ from the CD-ROM to create small cut-up cards with one word on each of them. You will need enough cards for each pair to have one. (For use in the core activity ‘Feelings sculptures’.)
Introductory Name Game
Name and Action
Ask the children to sit in a circle. In this game each person in the circle says or signs their name and completes an action with hands, arms, legs or feet. Start off the game by telling the group, for example, ‘I'm Mrs Hickman’ and then touching your head with both hands. The rest of the ...