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Drama in the Primary School

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Primary Drama Lesson Plans

These articles provide a structured workshop approach to primary drama. These detailed, step by step, lesson plans provide clear guidance in delivering various primary drama lessons and will enable teachers to achieve the prescribed drama and literacy objectives.

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Drama & History - WW2:
Evacuees and the Home Front

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Fitting National Curriculum drama requirements into English time can be a problem. But Alison Chaplin has an exciting solution: why not develop children's drama skills at the same time as you deepen their understanding of another curriculum area?

Drama has a much higher profile in the revised English Order, and is firmly placed as a specific strand within Speaking and Listening. Teachers are now required to incorporate established drama methods into their approach, but some face difficulties with this: firstly, that of finding time for pupils to participate in drama-based activities; and secondly, finding the space to deliver such activities. The solution is to find ways of working with drama that combine two curriculum areas, thus covering two sets of objectives at the same time, and to do this using methods requiring little additional space. This article offers examples of drama activities that have been used to explore the historical area of Britain since 1930 - specifically The Home Front.

First published in The Primary English Magazine, Volume 6, Number 3, February 2001

Narrative Poem into Performance (1):
An Introduction to Performance Skills

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The National Curriculum requires children to give and to evaluate performances as part of their drama work. But for some pupils - and teachers - performance is a daunting concept. In the first of three articles Alison Chaplin shows how the necessary skills can be developed gradually, with everyone enjoying the process.

First published in The Primary English Magazine, Volume 9, Number 1, October 2003

Narrative Poem into Performance (2):
Introducing the Text: Matilda by Hilaire Belloc

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In the second of three articles on how to develop a KS2 class's drama skills to the point where they can give a performance, Alison Chaplin moves on from the initial workshop sessions she described in Part 1 to introducing children to the material that will form the basis of their performance.

First published in The Primary English Magazine, Volume 9, Number 2, December 2003

Narrative Poem into Performance (3):
Preparing, Polishing and Performing the Text

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In her final article on taking a KS2 class to the point where they can give a performance, Alison Chaplin looks at the lead-up to the performance itself, how children can assess how it went, and some possible follow-up literacy tasks.

First published in The Primary English Magazine, Volume 9, Number 3, February 2004

Drama and Literacy:
Exploring the Stories Behind the News Headlines

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Alison Chaplin begins a series of drama workshops that will pay dividends both in pupil enjoyment and in objectives covered. Here: a workshop for Years 3 and 4.

In a world where primary teaching ceased some time ago to be topic-based, it is easy to become obsessed with following officially recommended lesson structures, and to forget that there are alternative methods which enable teachers to achieve the same objectives, but in more stimulating, wide-ranging contexts. In this series, I want to explore the cross-over between drama and literacy, and to offer detailed plans for lessons which will provide teachers with a framework for exciting work that will, nevertheless, enable them to 'tick several boxes' in one go.

First published in The Primary English Magazine, Volume 10, Number 2, December 2004

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