Design Your Primary CPD Day

Listed below are training modules currently offered by Drama Resource. Each module can be run as a whole-day, half-day or twiliight session. The training day can easily be tailored to the requirements of the school. Example One: Whole day on Drama in the Primary Curriculum. Example Two: Half day on Shakespeare and half-day on Drama for Improving Primary English. Example Three: Two half-day sessions on Drama in the Primary Curriculum (AM for KS1 and PM for KS 2). Now you can make drama part of your school's approach through exciting tailor-made training including whole-school INSET training days and twilight sessions. These are available to schools across the UK.

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Module One: Drama in the Primary Curriculum

The focus is on the use of drama strategies to create interactive learning opportunities across the revised primary curriculum, including literacy, history and science. Approaches used include still images, role-play, hot-seating, ten-second objects, thought-tracking and many more. An opportunity can be given for staff to discuss and try out approaches linked to their current or upcoming topics and themes.

Module Two: Drama for Improving Primary English

The course focuses on inspirational games and strategies for improving writing, speaking and listening skills. These engaging activities involve every child in the creative process and include lively word and storytelling games and collaborative activities for developing locations, characters, genres and situations through simple drama structures.

Module Three: Teaching Shakespeare

We outline a practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 upwards. We offer a range of enjoyable and accessible drama games and strategies that will quickly get students involved in the world of the play, exploring character, language and staging ideas through practical methods. A range of script extracts are used to demonstrate how the approaches can be used with any of Shakespeare’s plays.

Module Four: Directing Plays with Children

This stimulating course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about directing plays with children and young people or is looking for new ideas and guidance. Author and director David Farmer outlines a creative approach to directing. He explores how drama games can be used to develop characters, extend acting skills and create imaginative stagings of scenes.

Drama is an incredible way to inspire learning in primary schools, using active learning methods to bring life to the whole curriculum. Now you can make it part of your school’s approach through exciting150814-davidf-4 tailor-made training including whole-school INSET training days and twilight sessions. These are available to schools across the UK.

The presenter, David Farmer delivers workshops and seminars at international schools and conferences abroad – including the USA, South Africa, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey. He is a recommended tutor by the Independent Association of Prep Schools and a featured speaker for the English Language Schools Association (ELSA) and the European Conference of International Schools (ECIS). He is a training consultant at the Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE).

David spent the day at our school with a focus on Drama across the Curriculum within the EYFS and Key Stage 1. The day was filled with practical activities. We hardly sat down! David ensured we had the theory to back up the practical by providing appropriate links. My staff left with an abundance of activities to draw upon and had a renewed energy to take back into their classroom. I would highly recommend a day with David!

Geraldine Dunkerley

Headteacher, Darwin Teaching School Alliance, Shrewsbury

A typical CPD session with David Farmer introduces participants to a range of drama strategies, games and approaches which can be used to boost literacy and to create interactive learning opportunities across the curriculum. An opportunity is also given for staff to discuss and try out approaches linked to their current and upcoming topics and themes. Themes include: Bringing Shakespeare to Life, Drama Across the Curriculum, Drama for Language Learning and Drama for Literacy. The staff training day can easily be tailored to the requirements of the school.

The INSET day was pitched just right (levels, ideas and timing) for us. There were lots of practical fun ideas for all sorts of lessons. They were easy to remember; easy to build into lessons and worthwhile.

Adrian Downie

Director of Studies, Ashfold School, Buckinghamshire

David says: “I recently ran a whole-day INSET training course for teachers and teaching assistants at St John’s Primary School in Bethnal Green, London. I delivered the session to 25 participants and we began by looking at how and why drama can be used to teach across the curriculum, following on with some fun drama games. I demonstrated a range of drama strategies based on the Evacuees lesson in Learning Through Drama, including the technique of Open and Close which went down a storm.”

Thank you so much for delivering an exciting, productive and valuable series of workshops.

Michael Clack

Headmaster, Oporto British School, Portugal

“After lunch we used traditional stories as a way of looking at role play. Teacher in Role proved to be easier than some teachers may think! We explored how paintings and photographs of people can be used as a way into improvisation and an adaptation of still images called Picture Wizards for exploring a story for younger children.”

  • I liked the fact that the ideas could be used across the curriculum.
  • Really enjoyable, made using drama seem like a fantastic way to support and enhance learning.
  • The various practical ideas were amazing! I will be using them over the next few terms in my planning and teaching.
  • You have de-mystified drama for everyone.
  • Really good fun – and a chance to see colleagues in a new light.
Teaching Staff

St John's Primary School, Bethnal Green, London

Your twilight INSET more than fulfilled expectations. Staff were intrigued and engaged throughout. The calm purposeful atmosphere which you created was empowering and a teacher who maintained that she would only ever watch from the sidelines was found participating in a physical piece of drama in front of an audience. Miracles can happen! From Primary specialists to Secondary teachers of Classics, Modern Languages and Music (teachers whose pupils ranged in age from 6 to 18) – everybody found something to take away and think about.

Bridget Ogley

Saint Augustine's Priory, Ealing, London

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