“Children rise above
their average behaviour in play”
– Lev Vygotsky
The Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance document states:
“Children learn by
doing, rather than by being told. Learning is a shared process and
learn best when … they are actively involved and interested.”
Children’s play reveals innate ‘drama’ skills such as the ability to create, adopt and sustain roles, to interact with others in an imagined setting and to communicate feelings and atmosphere.
Structured drama builds on these skills to provide meaningful and challenging role-play situations that will promote the development and use of language and help them make sense of the world.
with your children
in your teaching space, Peter will demonstrate approaches to using
drama in the
foundation stage including warm-up activities, whole class-role play,
in role, magic microphone and occupational mime. As an observer, you
able to see how your children respond to this approach as well as
ideas to add to your own teaching repertoire.
Teacher Training Sessions
Either as a whole school, or working exclusively with the early years teachers, Peter will lead an in-school training event (full day, half day or twilight) that will explain and demonstrate a range of games, techniques and strategies that provide enjoyment, engagement and challenge for foundation stage children. 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.