“Creativity and curiosity are at the heart of learning”
– Antony Gormley (sculptor)
With the increased emphasis on drama in the Primary Framework, what better opportunity could you ask for to exploit the combination of children’s need to play and their growing maturity?
Drama truly offers opportunities for kinaesthetic learning across the curriculum and is the perfect vehicle to explore, engage and empathise. Whether you are an experienced teacher or a newcomer to the profession, use the power of drama to excite and enthuse your pupils.
Key Stage One
From traditional tales to the Great Fire of London, years one and two abound with opportunities to bring learning alive. Either through whole class role-play or by using simple and short drama structures, even your most reticent child can participate.
Key Stage Two
As Artistotle said, “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand.” So, whether it’s rivers, rainforests or Romans, key stage two children can understand through involvement. Use drama in literacy to promote creative writing, to explore narrative or to devise original playscripts.
Peter Kennedy offers:
Working with your children in your teaching space, Peter will demonstrate approaches to using drama in key stage one or key stage two including warm-up activities, whole class-role play, teacher in role, magic microphone, conscience alley, thought tracking and more. As an observer, you will be able to see how your pupils respond to this approach as well as collecting ideas to add to your own teaching repertoire.
Teacher Training Sessions
Either as a whole school, or working exclusively with the teachers of a particular key stage, Peter will lead an in-school training event (full day, half day or twilight) that will explain and demonstrate a range of activities, techniques and strategies that provide enjoyment, engagement and challenge for pupils in key stages one and two. These session can be tailored to the specific needs of your school.
Through an extended collaboration, Peter will work alongside individual teachers over a series of sessions to develop their confidence in using drama techniques in curriculum delivery. This approach incorporates joint planning, team teaching and reflective evaluation.