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Teaching Primary Drama

1st Edition

By Brian Woolland


248 pages

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Assuming no prior knowledge or experience of drama teaching, Brian Woolland’sTeaching Primary Drama offers a comprehensive introduction to the teaching of drama in the primary school, and focuses on current initiatives in primary education including the primary literacy strategy.

The text is an invaluable resource for any teacher wishing to adopt a creative approach to teaching in their classroom. It offers guidance on different drama methods, and each practical idea translates to all areas of the curriculum.

“[Teaching Primary Drama] is written in simple terms, uncluttered by references, is refreshingly straightforward and succinct and does not fall into the trap of making a complex subject sound complex; a trait of some texts which can push non-specialists away.”Amanda Kipling, London Drama Magazine, Summer 2010 issue.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s tickly’

Part 1 Drama in practice

Chapter 1 Starting points

Chapter 2 Working methods

Chapter 3 Organisation and development

Chapter 4 Drama with children in the early years

Part 2 Drama in an integrated curriculum

Chapter 5 Drama in an integrated curriculum

Part 3 Planning and assessment

Chapter 6 Planning and assessment

Part 4 Extended examples

Chapter 7 Cinderella: Reception classess and Years 1-2

Chapter 8 The Tunnel: Years 2-3

Chapter 9 Children’s Games: Years 3-4

Chapter 10 Keeper of the Keys: Years 3-6

Chapter 11 Whale Island: Years 4-6

Chapter 12 The Deserter: Yeahs 4-6

Chapter 13 The Coming of the Railway: Years 5-6

Part 5 Resources

Chapter 14 Resources

About the Author

Brian Woolland has worked as a teacher, an advisory teacher for drama, and as a lecturer in drama and theatre at the University of Reading, where he led B.Ed and PGCE courses in drama. He now works freelance as a writer, educator and theatre director. He has led numerous workshops with children and teachers on Educational Drama and Theatre over many years – in England, Ireland, Austria, Greece, Hungary and Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary