Drama at Hillary Primary School

At Hillary drama is used to enhance and enrich the Curriculum, develop knowledge and teach topics in a creative and fun way.

Why use Drama?

Drama is ideal for cross curricular learning and is a valuable tool for use in many subject areas. In particular drama develops literary skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view. Its collaborative nature provides opportunities for pupils to develop key skills of communication, negotiation, compromise and self-assertion. Pupils develop confidence when speaking and their vocabulary is extended when they adopt roles and characters. Pupils also acquire a critical and subject-specific vocabulary through reflecting on and appraising their own work in drama and the work of others.

Drama often explores issues, ideas and dilemmas relevant to pupils lives and investigates the behaviour of individuals and the nature of relationships. It therefore makes a particular contribution to personal, social and moral education. Drama is a social activity requiring pupils to communicate, cooperate and collaborate. It fosters creativity and thinking skills raising pupils self-esteem and confidence through self-expression. Drama encourages children to take responsible roles and make choices - to participate in and guide their own learning. These aspects of learning are important for all pupils.

Drama Lessons

All pupils, throughout their time at Hillary, have the chance to work with professional drama practitioner Zoe Haworth, on a weekly basis.

In drama lessons a more open ended approach is taken, concentrating on the process of learning at least as much, if not more, than the product. In each session pupils experience and develop numerous drama skills and techniques including:


Icebreakers, name games, clapping games, trust games, confidence builders, team builders, physical games, concentration games, games to develop speaking and listening skills, games to improve memory skills, verbal games


Tableaux (freeze frames), statues, sculptures, mirrors, machines, statues, sculptures, slow motion action, mime


Thought-tracking, soundscapes, storytelling, sound orchestration, tongue twisters, narration, dialogues/conversations, monologues, debates, presentation skills, song, projection


Small group work focusing on narrator, sound and action, freezes with sound effects, movement to music, mime to music, application using a stimulus


Small group or pair work, prepared improvisation, spontaneous improvisation, devising, role play, forum theatreteacher-in-rolehot-seating, role-on-the-wall, assessing work, working in role, whole group exercises.

Drama across the Curriculum

Since working with Hillary Primary Zoe has developed numerous drama schemes of work, alongside teaching staff, to support and extend current learning. Examples include:

 Year Group Main Subject Topic
2 Literacy

Stories - The Magic Key/Seaside  

2  Religious Education Celebrations and Festivals
2  Religious Education Stories Jesus told
2 PSHE Transition 
3  Literacy Homonyms and homophones 
3 Geography   Mountains and Rivers
3 Geography  Rainforests 
3 History  The Roman Empire 
3 History   The Egyptians
5 Geography/History  Arctic Explorers 
5 History  The Ancient Greeks
5 History  The Great Fire of London 
5 Science  Space 
5 Science  Life cycles
6 Geography

Worldwide geographical features,

culture, traditions and problems 

6 History The Victorians
6 History Local History
6  PSHE Transition 

Extra-Curricular Drama

Alongside classroom based drama lessons there are several extra-curricular drama clubs that are ran in school where pupils have the opportunity to work towards performances and develop further drama techniques. These drama clubs allow pupils of different ages to work together, thus enriching their skills and experience.

Drama clubs at Hillary Primary take place on:

Monday – Dinner Time

Monday – After school

Tuesday – Dinner Time


Drama Teacher

Zoe has over 12 years experience in delivering creative learning experiences to children, young people and adults.

Having received her honours degree in Drama from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she then went on to study at the Birmingham School of Acting. As a professional actor, drama teacher and director she has worked extensively for numerous theatre companies throughout the UK, including Shakespeare 4 Kidz, Purple Monster, Konflux, Freshwater Theatre, Women and Theatre, The Lichfield Festival, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Class Act Theatre, The Star Project and Gazebo Theatre in Education Company where she had the position of resident artistic project leader for 5 years.

Now as a freelance drama practitioner Zoe specialises in Applied Theatre where she facilitates drama activities, workshops and performances for core Theatre-in-Education programmes; developed to support the National Curriculum and other educational initiatives, and creates and delivers a diverse range of arts and issue based drama workshops and events for community groups, local authorities and regional and national organisations.