Primary Drama for Writing (London)

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Date(s) - 01/10/2015
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Toynbee Studios


Thursday 1st October 2015 10:30am – 4:30pm
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1
Course Tutor: David Farmer

drama-for-writingThis all-new one-day CPD drama course for teaching key stage 1 and 2 pupils focuses on inspirational games and strategies for improving writing – as well as speaking and listening skills. These lively and engaging activities involve every child in the creative process and aim to stimulate and excite pupils’ imaginations to inspire and support writing through drama. The fully participatory day includes dozens of new activities including lively word and storytelling games, story machines, “hot-spotting” and human storyboards.

The National Curriculum states that ‘drama and role-play can contribute to the quality of pupils’ writing by providing opportunities for pupils to develop and order their ideas through playing roles and improvising scenes in various settings.’

Participants have the opportunity to work with drama expert David Farmer, network with colleagues to discuss common problems and devise solutions to put into practice. Our two Primary Drama one-day courses can be attended independently of each other as they focus on different learning outcomes and entirely different content. Attending both days will give participants a rich panoply of drama resources to apply when working with primary-aged children.

David Farmer has recently developed a pilot schools’ project for Norwich UNESCO City of Literature for Children and Young People to inspire creative writing through drama in Norfolk schools. He was Writer in Residence at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, has published four books on drama teaching, was a community arts projects manager, a primary school teacher and Artistic Director of Tiebreak Theatre Company for 24 years.

Comments about a similar course:

“Excellent course – clear objectives, great ideas, relaxed learning environment. Nice to come away with new ideas!” – Sue Flindall, January 2015.

“My head is buzzing with ideas – I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep!” – Helen Short, October 2013.

“Professionally led, highly informative, practical and friendly. Would highly recommend.” – Teletha Tapper, January 2015

  • Participate in quick-fire games to stimulate and excite pupils’ imaginations.
  • Explore extended activities for inspiring writing through drama – so they can’t wait to put stories on the page!
  • Discover collaborative activities for generating ideas for individual writing.
  • Generate locations, characters, genres and situations through simple drama structures.
  • Improve talk and writing through effective and dynamic activities.
  • Attendance Certificate presented.

This one-day Drama INSET course is suitable for staff from schools and other organisations as well as freelancers. It will benefit both those who are new to drama and those with more experience, who are looking to refresh their drama skills with a group of like-minded people.

Enquiries: Please email David Farmer or telephone 01603 465973 or 0797 321 7876.

Booking Details

Payment: The fee is £195 per participant. There is a 10% discount for each additional colleague from the same organisation. NB Please complete and return the booking form below with your purchase order or payment. An official invoice will be dispatched and payment can be made by cheque, BACS or using the Buy Now button below.

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What to bring

Comfortable clothing to move in. Light refreshments are included and at lunchtime we usually walk a few minutes to eat a delicious lunch at Leon at Old Spitalfields Market (lunch not included).

Toynbee Studios is part of the Toynbee Hall complex at 28 Commercial Street, London E1. Download directions to Toynbee Studios by car, tube, bus, train or bike.

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