Illustration by David Hurtado

A series of drama and writing activities exploring bullying issues through the story of Cinderella (taken from Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years). Strategies used: Essence Machines, Forum Theatre, Improvisation, Tableaux, Teacher in Role, Ten Second Objects, Role Play, Rumours, Speaking Objects, Thought Tracking, Whoosh!

Learning Objectives for Drama
In this unit students will:

  • Use a range of drama strategies to explore social issues
  • Engage and empathise with characters and situations from a known story through drama
  • Use vocal and physical expression to communicate emotions and behaviour
  • Communicate ideas through performance
  • Work together in groups to share ideas
  • Present the viewpoints of different characters through dialogue, role-play and writing
  • Identify and discuss the qualities of others’ performances

The content can be adjusted according to the age-range and needs of the group and be developed over a series of sessions. The approach is based on the Restorative Justice model focusing on how an individual’s behaviour affects others and how they may learn from it. Restorative practice can easily be incorporated as part of a whole-school approach to dealing with conflict.

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Dear David,
I used the whole block of lessons that you wrote on Cinderella to teach about diversity and restorative justice as part of a project we put together with one of my classes for the Welsh Heritage Award. Just a few weeks ago we found out that we were a chosen winner and received a cash prize for the school. The children loved the work we did through that and yes, your inspiring work helped us so thank you.