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Jumpstart! Drama

Games and Activities for Ages 5-11

By Teresa Cremin, Roger McDonald, Emma Goff, Louise Blakemore

© 2009 – Routledge

104 pages

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Paperback: 9780415482486
pub: 2009-03-17
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Jumpstart! Drama contains more than forty engaging, practical, easy-to-do and highly motivating drama activities which will appeal to busy primary teachers who wish to enliven their practice and make more use of drama in line with the Framework for Literacy.

All the activities connect to well-known texts, which are popular in primary classrooms, and the conventions described can be used in a variety of subjects, suiting a wide range of learning styles. The book is organised around four sections which can be dipped into, each providing rich and accessible ideas to stimulate drama in the classroom, helping teachers to:

  • use stories as a basis for drama work
  • use poetry as a stimulus for drama
  • teach non-fiction through the use of drama
  • develop role play areas and the drama opportunities they provide.

Ideal for busy primary teachers who wish to encourage their pupils in drama, Jumpstart! Drama will help teachers to use literary and non-fiction texts in a dramatic and motivating manner.

Table of Contents

Section A: Drama and Literacy Section B: Exploring story through drama conventions Section C: Exploring poetry and non-fiction through drama conventions Section D: Developing role play areas

About the Authors

Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education at the Open University.

Roger McDonald is Deputy Headteacher at Saxon Way Primary School, Kent, UK.

Emma Goff is Deputy Headteacher at Wrotham Road Primary School, Kent, UK.

Louise Blakemore is Key Stage 2 Literacy Leader at Gordon Road Junior School, Kent, UK.

About the Series


The Jumpstart! books contain ‘quick-figure' ideas that could be used as warm-ups and starter exercises; as well as extended into lessons. Each book has more than 50 inspiring games and activities for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classrooms. Practical, easy-to-do, and entertaining, the ‘jumpstarts’ will appeal to busy teachers in any primary school.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Professional Development