Drama 3-5: A practical guide to teaching drama to children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Drama 3-5

A practical guide to teaching drama to children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2nd Edition

By Debbie Chalmers


138 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Would you like to offer constructive, creative and exciting new dramatic learning experiences to the children in your setting?

The importance of using drama to promote active and creative learning in the early years is widely recognised, and this fully updated second edition of Drama 3-5 will guide and inspire practitioners in all settings, allowing them to lead drama with confidence and enthusiasm. Young children participating in well planned drama activities learn to express themselves clearly and develop strong social skills, more self-confidence and a greater understanding of co-operation and team-work.

Drama 3-5 contains a wide range of accessible activities and sample session plans, drawn from the author’s many years of extensive experience, which have all been fully and successfully tried and tested with children from 3-5 years. The book also explains the theory and value of all of the activities, as well as possible extensions and the ways in which they contribute to the learning objectives and goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage, allowing practitioners to encourage and assess children’s progress. Key chapters include:

    • Building confidence
    • Encouraging social interaction
    • Mime and expression
    • Speech and language
    • Co-operation and teamwork
    • Performance skills 

This book offers the tools and understanding needed for confident dramatic play and learning, making it an ideal companion to support every practitioner who wants to explore, develop and enjoy drama and have fun with their children.


"Providing a wide range of accessible, tried and tested activities, with sample session plans, this book is a little gem for using drama with three to five-year-olds to promote active and creative learning." - Martine Horvath, EYE Magazine

Table of Contents


1 A good beginning

2 Warming up

3 Building confidence

4 Encouraging social interaction

5 Mime and expression

6 Movement and dance

7 Speech and language

8 Rhythm and singing

9 Taking turns

10 Co-operation and teamwork

11 Ending on a high

12 Performance skills

Examples of plans for drama sessions

Appendix – Practical and legal requirements


About the Author

Debbie Chalmers is an early years practitioner, a drama teacher and consultant, and a freelance early years and primary education writer.

About the Series

Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Classroom Management