• Include drama games with more complex instructions, such as Prisoner, and introduce games which aid language development, concentration and creativity.
  • Introduce more activities which require negotiation skills and the ability to work with others. Try using Forum Theatre with older children to help them to understand how to negotiate and consent through drama.
  • Vary the groupings – from individual and pair work, to small groups of differing sizes. Use the drama game Hotspot to create different groupings.
  • Introduce issue-based drama. The story of Cinderella, for example, can be a great springboard for work on bullying.
  • Explore the concept of Role Play in a variety of contexts, from creating scenes in shops or restaurants to children acting out conversations between two characters from Hamlet discussing King Hamlet’s murder.
  • Encourage older juniors to direct and develop the drama work themselves through Prepared Improvisation.
  • Find or make interesting and thought-provoking resources to stimulate drama based on individual problems, dilemmas or issues. For example, the diary extract of a child who’s being bullied, a fable about friendship, a newspaper report about a tragedy. They will happily take a single idea or issue as far as it will go for a sustained period.
  • KS2 children will want to ‘perform’ much more and need to be carefully monitored to ensure that their drama work doesn’t merely become a series of presented improvisations.
  • Further to the above, it is important that some drama lessons do not include any performances, or presentations, as this can leave little time for anything else!
  • Introduce a Simple Script for children to annotate and use this to enable pupils to devise, write and produce their own material – including short plays and sketches for assemblies or for performances to younger audiences.

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