These two different drama lessons (A and B) are based on the storyline of the picture book The Conquerors,
by David McKee (2005), published by Anderson Press, which is about a
General with a big army and 'the cannon' who takes over the world by
force. The final country to invade is small, with a welcoming, peaceful
community. The soldiers take off uniforms and gradually slip into the
ways of the occupied country, which the absent General assumes he now
Although it is not essential to obtain the picture book in order to carry out these drama lessons, both text and pictures in The Conquerors
can be used to support classes to work in role to engage with and
actively consider and explore complex issues around cultural diversity,
multi-faith communities, respect and tolerance, as well as around
conflict and peace.
Drama Strategies and Conventions used include:
- Lesson A (Professor
Jonothan Neelands) offers differentiated drama activities on the
storyline for Gifted and Talented, EAL and SEN pupils. This is a CfSA Primary Subjects resource.
- Lesson B (Patrice Baldwin)
emphasises possible cross-curricular studies linked to the story drama
that can be developed from the Lesson A drama lesson.
- Lesson A Drama game,
Teacher in role, Talking pictures, Still image, Movement, Teacher in
role, Talking pictures, Thought – tracking, Small group play-making.
- Lesson B Sculpting,
Improvisation, Teacher in role, Eavesdropping, Working in role, Ritual,
Small group play-making, Still Image, Performance Carousel,
Thought-tracking, Sound Collage, Writing in role.
|Links across other subjects within resource
Lesson B: Art, Music (instrument and song), Dance, Movement, English, Geography, History, PSHE education.
- The Conquerors, by David McGee (2005), published by Anderson Press; ISBN-13: 978-1593540784
- For information about David McGee and his work http://www.andersenpress.co.uk
- Free Peace-building Storytelling Guides and details of stories with peace themes http://www.tlpeace.org.au/
- Improve your Primary School Through Drama, by Rachel Dickinson, Jonothan Neelands and Shenton Primary School (2006), published by David Fulton; ISBN 1-84312-306-1. An additional scheme of drama work.
- The Primary Drama Handbook, by Patrice Baldwin (2006), published by Sage; ISBN-978-1-4129-2965-3. A step-by-step guide to teaching whole class cross-curricular primary drama.