1st Edition

Drama and Writing Ages 5-11 A Practical Book of Ideas for Primary Teachers

By Larraine S. Harrison Copyright 2023
    140 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drama and Writing Ages 5-11 is a practical guide for teachers to develop and inspire writing through using drama in the classroom. Each of the ten chapters provides step-by-step guidance and creative prompts for writing that apply to both key stage one and key stage two, enabling teachers to motivate their pupils by creating meaningful contexts, audiences and purposes to encourage writing. With a wide range of ideas to apply to the classroom, from simple classroom strategies to more complex units of work, this book is suitable for all teachers – including those who hold limited experience of using drama in the classroom.

    Including key definitions of drama strategies and practical advice to apply to the classroom, chapters are presented in two parts:

    • Part I provides short and simple drama strategies to act as a helping hand, stimulating the focus of a writing lesson
    • Part II provides longer dramatic contexts with a compelling sense of audience and purpose, including a range of opportunities for writing. These prompts may span two or more lessons

    Drama and Writing Ages 5-11 is an essential read for any primary school teacher seeking practical strategies to incorporate drama into the classroom, teaching the craft of writing in a creative, fun and meaningful way.

    Introduction;  1. Physical Theatre;  2. Freezing the Narrative;  3. Strange Hot-Seating;  4. Viewpoints;   5. Bubbles, Comics and Playscripts;  6. Write Back;  7. An Imaginary Community: Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two;  8. An Imaginary Community: Upper Key Stage Two;  9. An Imaginary Journey;  10. Open Ended Drama;  Conclusion;  Drama Strategies;  Further Reading and Resource


    Larraine S. Harrison is a former primary school teacher and local authority school improvement adviser. She holds many years of experience running national CPD courses on drama in education. Currently, she works as a consultant for drama in education, a school governor and a children’s author.