2nd Edition

Jumpstart! Drama Games and Activities for Ages 5-11

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 throughout their teaching.

    Suitable for use across a variety of subjects and for a wide range of learning styles, the book introduces teaching practitioners to a range of drama conventions and demonstrates how to use them in the primary classroom. Organised in five clear parts, this new edition of Jumpstart! Drama covers the following topics:

    • The relationship and link between drama and literacy
    • Analysing both fiction and non-fiction texts through drama conventions
    • Exploring poetry through drama conventions
    • Developing role play and learning through imaginary worlds

    With all activities connected to well-known texts, this fully updated second edition now reflects picturebooks and novels published in the last five years, and is ideal for busy primary teachers who wish to encourage their pupils in drama using texts in a dramatic and motivating way.

    Chapter 1: Drama and Literacy
    The creative nature of drama
    Drama within the curriculum
    Drama and speaking and listening
    Drama and writing
    Drama and reading
    Leading drama in the school
    The drama conventions

    Chapter 2: Exploring story through drama conventions
    Thought tracking
    Group sculpture
    Role on the wall
    Role play
    Teacher in Role
    Decision alley
    Forum theatre
    Freeze frames
    Hot seating
    Sound collage

    Chapter 3: Exploring poetry through drama conventions
    Drama and poetry for Key Stage 1
    Drama and poetry for Key Stage 2

    Chapter 4: Exploring non-fiction through drama conventions
    Drama and recounts
    Drama and explanation
    Drama and instruction
    Drama and persuasive texts
    Drama and reports
    Drama and discussion

    Chapter 5: Developing role play areas
    A lighthouse
    A space ship
    A café
    A circus
    A bakery
    The garden
    At the seaside
    An underwater scene
    A World War II air raid shelter
    A Victorian workhouse


    Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education at the Open University, UK, and author of numerous bestselling books, including Learning to Teach in the Primary School and Storytelling in Early Childhood.

    Roger McDonald is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, Vice President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association and author of The Really Useful Drama Book and The Primary Teacher's Guide to Speaking and Listening.

    Emma Longley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, a primary school governor and a deputy regional leader/achievement coach for an inclusion charity.

    Louise Blakemore is an experienced class teacher, curriculum subject leader and leading literacy teacher across the South-East specialising in drama and the spoken voice.