Drama School

Drama School

Using drama in the classroom

What are the benefits of using drama in the classroom? Here are just eight!

Drama can: 

  • Encourage group work, communication and cooperation
  • Deepen understanding of society, culture and the world
  • Bring language to life through dialogue and action
  • Engage, immerse and deepen the learning experience
  • Promote holistic learning by involving the whole child  and their senses
  • Build confidence and speaking skills 
  • Nurture creativity and positivity in the classroom
  • Enable learners to experience new ideas, emotions and concepts through the lives of characters 

Need we say more?

Get started with the resources below.

Drama activities ShaekespeareBAN-ReadersWeb-180x180px-proof#19

From quick warm-ups to whole-class drama projects and putting on a play; you’ll find a huge range of activities in our guide to Using Drama in the Young Learner Classroom.  Although designed for Young Learners, most of these activities can be used with all ages.

Try these two tasters below – and/or download the guide from the Young Readers website!

Coming soon: Look out for a brand new guide to Using Drama in the Teen Classroom launching Spring 2016! 




Activity 1: Have a laugh!

Suitable for any level or age
Aim: to break down barriers in the classroom and relax the children.

  • Stand children in a circle and explain that you are going to pretend you have just heard a very funny joke.
  • Move into the middle of the circle, and pretend to laugh. (Remember that laughing involves your diaphragm and whole upper body as well as your face.) If you laugh convincingly, children will begin to smile at you. At this point, laugh harder. Laughing and smiling are infectious. Slowly, everyone in the group will begin to laugh.

Activity 2: Pass the emotion

Suitable for any level or age
Aim: to get children used to acting different emotions.

The characters in Readers exhibit a wide variety of emotions, and it is important for children to be able to convey these when they act.

  • Ask children to sit in a circle, making sure there is one empty seat or cushion left for you to sit on. Explain that you are going to play a game called ‘pass the emotion’. Pull a few faces and ask children to tell you what the emotion is each time.
  • Explain that you are going to pull a face to show an emotion (for example, a sad, happy or angry face). Tell children that they should ‘pass’ the emotion around the circle. Each child to the right of you will pull the face in turn so that it moves around the group.
  • With older children, sit in the circle and pull one of your faces. The child to your right pulls the same face, and it passes around the circle. When the emotion has begun to move around the group, pull another face. In this way, several ‘faces’ move around the circle at the same time.

Drama in the YL Classroom