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Jumpstart! Drama

Games and Activities for Ages 5-11, 2nd Edition

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


122 pages

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Paperback: 9781138489264
pub: 2018-07-23
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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 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

About the Authors

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.

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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