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1st Edition

Teaching Primary Drama

ISBN 9781405899482
Published October 9, 2009 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.