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Unlocking Literacy Through Drama and Oracy


Three separate workshops: EYFS; KS1; KS2

Using drama techniques and practices, these workshops provide creative learning activities that allow students to explore texts and topics kinaesthetically and to engage fully, developing empathy and understanding with any chosen narrative.

Designed with the National Curriculum at their core, these sessions support in-class learning and are structured to raise attainment in reading, elicit high quality written outcomes and promote high-level discussion across EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

The workshops are facilitated by an experienced drama practitioner who is a fully qualified, experienced teacher and Specialist Leader of Education for Drama.


drama3These sessions will provide all teachers with a toolkit of activities that can be used to bring any text to life.

Each workshop will use a popular children’s text, appropriate the age range, as a vehicle to demonstrate how the drama techniques can be applied.

Exploring narrative, character, themes, story locations and language, the workshops will allow teachers to explore a kinaesthetic approach to a learning journey that will promote high level thought, in-class discussion and elicit high quality written outcomes.

With drama and oracy at their core, the CPD sessions will explore alternative methods of accessing a text, providing teachers with the skills required to engage learners who may find that the challenge of reading creates a barrier to engaging fully with a narrative and are therefore yet to find enjoyment in a story. The activities ensure that all ability levels can understand, engage and empathise with any chosen text.

Each workshop has been designed to explore creative teaching and learning opportunities for teachers across all primary key stages. With many of the activities providing strong links to other curriculum areas for cross-curricular learning.

The aim of the workshops is to empower teachers to use drama with confidence and to provide them with a set of activities that can be used at any time, unlocking any text and raising attainment in reading and writing for all learners.

Kate Hopewell


Kate Hopewell became a teacher and Head of Creative Arts at a school in Camden six years ago and a proud and dedicated Teacher Director for SSF (Shakespeare Schools Foundation) a year after that. Now a Specialist Leader of Education for Drama, she was delighted to be offered the opportunity to work for SSF in September 2016 – the organisation she feels has had the most impact on the children she has worked with and the charity she is most passionate about.

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Key Stage  Date  Venue
EYFS and KS1 Wednesday 16th January 2019
The Shire Foundation
KS2 Wednesday 3rd October 2018
The Shire Foundation

How to apply

For more information or to apply, contact Tracey Murphy on 01582 522121 or email .