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Character description KS2 – Literacy & drama activities KS2 lesson plan

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Explore new characters and settings by using drama techniques from the National Theatre’s Let’s Play programme.

The National Theatre Let’s Play programme aims to transform creative learning and theatre-making in primary schools. This lesson takes a creative literacy approach to introducing any new story, book or play to your class using Let’s Play methodology.

All the activities can be delivered prior to reading the text for the first time and involve thinking about characters’ thoughts and feelings, mapping out locations and drawing visuals from the story.

These tasks allow children of varying reading levels to engage with the story you’re studying through drama and are designed to help deepen pupils’ understanding.

What they’ll learn

  • Use their creativity to explore and gain a deep understanding of different aspects of a story
  • Develop teamworking skills through listening and responding to each other’s ideas
  • ain confidence through seeing value in their own ideas and opinions and presenting them in a variety of ways
  • How to infer and justify ideas about a story

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  • Full PDF lesson plan

Emily Azouelos has worked as a teacher and senior leader in London primary schools and is a consultant and writer for the National Theatre Let’s Play programme. Let’s Play is the National Theatre’s programme to inspire creative learning and transform theatre-making in primary schools across the UK. Follow National Theatre in Schools on Twitter at @NT_Schools.

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