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Year 6 drama unit - Stories from across the world 


Lesson 1. The beginning of the world (


In this lesson, you will look at a Mayan creation myth, which tells us how the world came into being and how man was made. You will also create your own new worlds, and entice others to come and live in them. Year 6 study the Mayans in the Summer term. 


Lesson 2Dragons (


In this lesson, you will be in role as dragons from the myths of different countries. You will improvise in role and react to new scenarios and challenges.


Lesson 3.  Giants (


In this lesson, you will be in role as giants exploring key moments from different myths from around the globe. 


Lesson 4Stealing fire (


In this lesson, you will consider the often-found myth of a hero stealing fire from the gods.




Year 4 and Year 5 - Exploring a Greek Myth and Norse Legend, through drama


Lesson 1. Beowulf (Part 1) (


In this lesson, you will be creating characters from the story Beowulf and exploring the idea of good vs evil.


Lesson 2Beowulf (Part 2) (


In this lesson, you will consider settings in the story of Beowulf, and will create and develop performances that bring key settings and situations to life. You will also share your thoughts about how and why it is that we can still connect to a poem that is over 1000 years old.


Lesson 3Theseus and the Minotaur (Part 1) (


In this lesson, you will consider the characters of this myth, and how their stories and emotions shift. You will improvise and perform key moments in role as Theseus, as he explores his unique setting. 


Lesson 4.  Theseus and the Minotaur (Part 2) (


In this lesson, you will be 'in role' as the Minotaur, imagining and adapting the Minotaur's speech within a short scene.






Year 3 - The Pied Piper of Hamelin 


Lesson 1. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Part 1) (


In this lesson, you will explore this poem, through working in role as both the Mayor of Hamelin and the Pied Piper. You will consider what led him to hire the piper, and why he broke his word and did not reward him. 


Lesson 2. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Part 2) (


In this lesson, you will be focusing on the story of the child who was unable to keep up with the piper and was left behind. Through drama, we will be exploring what life was like for a child with a disability in 1376.