Drama Resource offers a limited number of workshops to primary schools each term on a variety of topics and using a wide range of approaches. Most of these are delivered by David Farmer, but we also have links to a range of practitioners who may be able to deliver what you need. INSET sessions for teaching staff can also be added onto the day or booked separately.
Traditional Stories: Storytelling plus drama activities
History Topics: Ancient Greece, World War II Evacuees, Victorian Child Labour
Shakespeare: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth
We are also able to produce sessions on other topics with sufficient notice.
Workshops are available to primary schools within 100 miles of Norwich, Norfolk (INSET is available nationwide and abroad).
Whole day: £275 plus travel from Norwich NR2 at 40p per mile. We can often recommend experienced practitioners in other areas of the UK.
If you are interested, please get in touch with David Farmer through the contact page.
David Farmer is the author of several best-selling books on drama, including "Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years."
What they said:
'As a school we thought the workshops were targeted at the exact right level and all the children were enthralled throughout. From the teachers' point of view, there were a lot of techniques and strategies that they could adapt and use in different topics. Overall a very successful couple of days.'
– Amanda Whiting, Teacher, Gladstone Primary School, Peterborough.
'We found the workshops to be extremely well planned and executed and as a result were amazed at how much the children managed to enthusiastically learn and produce within a relatively small time frame. The workshops also provided a considerable opportunity for follow up work in class, inspiring children and teachers alike!'
– Paul Seeman, Headteacher, Banham County Primary School, Norfolk.
'Tom and David were fantastic and dynamic... they had the children up and active through the sessions and held their interest in Shakespeare.'
– Year 5 teachers, Monkfield Park Primary School, Cambridgeshire.
'The session was simply wonderful - linking literacy with drama in ways which engaged and involved the children. They were totally engrossed throughout!'
– Headteacher, Mousehold Infant School, Norwich.
'Your twilight INSET more than fulfilled expectations. Staff were intrigued and engaged throughout. The calm purposeful atmosphere which you created was empowering and a teacher who maintained that she would only ever watch from the sidelines was found participating in a physical piece of drama in front of an audience. Miracles can happen! From Primary specialists to Secondary teachers of Classics, Modern Languages and Music (teachers whose pupils ranged in age from 6 to 18) - everybody found something to take away and think about.'
– Bridget Ogley, Teacher, Saint Augustine's Priory, Ealing, London.
A range of short downloadable resources providing guidelines, tips and information about a particular area of drama. They are ideal for planning and inspiration and can be downloaded to your computer in just a few minutes.