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Drama at Key Stages 1 and 2

Introduction

These pages are designed to raise issues and suggest practical ideas relating to the teaching and learning of drama at Key Stages 1 and 2. Student teachers will benefit from appreciating the diversity which exists under the umbrella of drama in the primary curriculum and understanding the significance and potential of drama and role play in the primary years. Drama is both a tool for learning and an arts subject in its own right, and in the National Curriculum it is placed within the English, communication and languages area of learning.

Time is often a critical issue in relation to preparing student teachers to teach drama in the primary years. In many ITE courses drama is included by being:

  1. woven throughout the English/literacy course
  2. taught specifically through a separately designated module on the English/literacy course
  3. utilised in other subjects as a tool for learning.
Seizing all available opportunities to integrate drama into student teachers' learning is important, but it also deserves a dedicated time allocation to enable them to develop their confidence and competence as drama teachers and primary pedagogues. By the end of their course, student teachers should be familiar with the wide range of practices which encompass drama in the Foundation Stage through KS1 to KS2, and should in particular be aware of the potential of role play areas to develop the imaginative capacity and skills of the young. In addition, they should be able to plan and develop sessions of classroom drama based on literature, and be able to link drama and writing, as well as be conscious of the potential for learning in and through drama in other areas.

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