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Drama resources KS1 – Practise sequencing events with a fable

Key Stage



Years 1-2

Use drama techniques to explore the ‘Tortoise and Hare’ fable in KS1, thinking about sequence, characters and themes.

Drama provides children with a fun, practical and meaningful way of exploring the world. For young children, stories in particular help them to learn important lessons from the actions of others.

In this lesson, which is based on the fable of the tortoise and the hare, children will undertake practical activities in small groups, demonstrating an awareness of story sequence, characters, themes and drama techniques.

They’ll have a go at tableau and narration by acting out the story, and will also learn to critique each other’s performances in a productive and sensitive way.

What they’ll learn

  • Identify key moments within a text
  • Use drama techniques to explore a story
  • Create role play that includes narration, and which balances dialogue with action
  • Evaluate drama critically but empathetically

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  • Full PDF lesson plan

Tom Kirkham is the publishing director of The School Musicals Company and a qualified teacher of English and drama. Follow him on Twitter at @musicalsco.

Drama resources KS1 – Practise sequencing events with a fable

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