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The Primary Drama Handbook



Published: March 2008 by SAGE
ISBN: 9781412929653


This book helps professionals to understand the importance and potential of drama for learning and offers step by step practical examples of how drama can work in schools across a range of curriculum subjects.

Drama motivates children and is a powerful way of building skills such as speaking and listening, enhancing children’s self-esteem, and connecting learning creatively across the curriculum. The book presents information, advice and a range of practical material that helps to explain drama skills and strategies at an introductory level. It also contains a sample drama unit for each year group. The book is ideal for primary NQTs and teaching assistants, as well as those more experienced teachers who are not yet confident using drama techniques and whole class drama.

Content

PART ONE
Drama in Schools – Some Basic Questions Answered
Drama and the Curriculum
Drama Publications
A Time and Place for Drama
Planning “Whole Class” Drama

PART TWO
A Glossary of Drama Strategies and Conventions

PART THREE
The Drama Units
Unit 1: Visiting Storyland: Reception and Year 1
Unit 2: Billy’s Bucket: Year 1
Unit 3: The Great Fire of London: Year 2
Unit 4: The Drums of Noto Hanto: Year 3
Unit 5: Environmental Sustainability: Year 4
Unit 6:The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun: Years 4 and 5
Unit 7: Leaving Home: Years 5 and 6
Unit 8: The Listeners: Year 6

Reviews

This Primary Drama Handbook offers much more than just a few useful tips on how to use drama in the primary school. It moves way beyond the more well-known basic drama strategies to present comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the role drama can play within the primary curriculum.”
English Drama Media magazine

It is not often that I read a teaching book and immediately want to use the ideas with my class, but this is one such book and I thoroughly recommend it.”
Times Education Supplement, March 19th 2009

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