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2nd Edition

Jumpstart! Drama
Games and Activities for Ages 5-11

ISBN 9781138489264
Published July 19, 2018 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.