Drama / Role-Play | Free Early Learning Resources for Teachers

A collection of early years lesson plans and ideas relating to role play and drama.   If you have a lesson plan or activity that has worked well in your early years setting and you would like to share it with other practitioners then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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KS1 Dance Lesson Plan: Spiderman

This dance activity would be a great addition to your superhero topic as it is based around Spiderman.

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KS1 Dance/Drama Activity: Dance Tag

This is a great warm-up dance activity to use at the beginning of a dance class or PE lesson. It is very easy to follow and so is ideal for those not that familiar with dance.

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KS1 Dance/Drama Activity: Emotions/Gestures

This is a very simple KS1 dance/drama exercise that is ideal to use as an icebreaker or as a starter activity.

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KS1 Dance/Drama Activity: Fantastic Fitness

This dance activity will help children to understand the different kinds of exercise by introducing them to 3 characters: Mr Muscle, Miss Flexible and Captain Cardio.

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KS1 Dance/Drama Activity: Food Glorious Food

This is a fun activity that will help the children to increase their special awareness and movement memory and improve their confidence.

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KS1 Dance/Drama Lesson Plan: Under the Sea

This Under the Sea themed dance/drama activity is perfect for encouraging children to mobilise their bodies and control the way they move around a space.

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KS1 Drama/Dance Lesson Plan: Detectives

This dance/drama lesson plan is based around the theme of Detectives and encourages children to develop and rehearse different actions based around a certain topic.

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KS1 Drama/Dance Lesson Plan: Rumble in the Jungle

This is a great dance/drama activity that will link in well with your jungle topic.

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KS1 Drama/Dance Lesson Plan: The Great Fire of London

This dance/drama lesson plan is based around the Great Fire of London and is a fun way to introduce the topic.

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