Readers and Drama in the Primary Classroom

Drama is much more than acting in a play or doing a role-play in class – it is a part of our daily lives, especially as educators. Has a child in your class ever pulled a face when asked to do an activity that they don’t like? Have you ever mimed the meaning of a new word? You may not have thought about it before, but your classroom is already full of drama.


Children have a natural acting ability. With a little preparation, drama activities can help your students take control of their learning, develop as individuals, and learn that English lessons can be both enjoyable and productive.


Drama and the Macmillan Young Readers

We have developed a series of guides to help you use drama activities in the classroom using the Macmillan Explorers and the Macmillan Children's Readers. Download the first in the series now!





Drama Guides

Introduction to Drama
Read more about drama in the young learner classroom and find out how our young readers lend themselves perfectly to drama activities.
Reader-based Activities
These activities move from warm-up activities that can be used as a pace-changer in normal lessons to complete a drama project.
Dramatic Reading
Dramatic reading involves children remaining at their desks but acting the parts with their voices, putting as much feeling into them as possible.
Dramatizing a Scene from a Reader
Before asking children to dramatize pages from your Reader, it is important to think about practical issues. What part of the Reader do you select?
Adapting Text
When the text from a Reader is dramatized, you may need to add actions for the characters to do which are not described specifically in the text.
Sounds and Actions
Acting out a scene doesn’t always mean speaking lines. The following activities focus on sound effects, expressions and physical actions.
Stepping Out of the Story
The activities that follow are designed for more confident readers. Children use the story as a starting point for creating their own drama.
Drama Projects
Longer drama projects often involve rehearsing and performing a play in front of an audience.
Putting on a Play
Preparing to put on a play, these activities teach children to work together as a group and give them more confidence.

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