Learning through Drama in ‘Storyland’ - NATIONAL DRAMA

Learning through Drama in ‘Storyland’

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, will show how you can move from dramatic play to Drama by taking the class to their own ‘Storyland’.
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This course will explain how teachers can move from dramatic play to Drama by taking the whole class to their own ‘Storyland’. In their co-created Storyland, they will create and meet characters, encounter familiar and unfamiliar situations, solve problems together and learn memorably. They will be thinking, talking and often writing, drawing, designing or making, within their co-imagined worlds. This course explains how the teacher can use drama techniques and strategies, to stimulate, support, guide and ensure that everyone arrives in Storyland and that real learning happens there.


  • Learn how to take a whole class, to and from Storyland;
  • Learn how planned and opportunistic learning can happen there;
  • Consider how to introduce characters, settings and challenging situations in Storyland;
  • Consider some possible teacher roles and functions;
  • Be offered examples of learning that has taken place in Storyland;
  • Consider which parts of their curriculum could be learned in Storyland.


  • A Drama Strategies booklet
  • A copy of the Powerpoint (as a PDF)
  • A lesson plan for Storyland
  • A published article about ‘Visiting Storyland’.

Patrice Baldwin contributed a chapter about Storyland, to a book for Early Years teachers by Pie Corbett. She also worked with Teachers’ TV to produce a programme about teaching KS1 maths in Storyland, (available on You Tube).


£25 for 1 teacher to attend 1 session; £15 for each additional teacher to attend this session.

Individual teachers may book places on this course, (which is hosted by National Drama).

If schools (or groups of schools), wish to host this course themselves (online or on site), please contact patrice@patricebaldwin.com

Bespoke packages of additional advice and support can be arranged for schools. Please contact patrice@patricebaldwin.com


Patrice Baldwin was a primary headteacher, School Improvement and Art Education Adviser and Ofsted inspector. She was Sir Jim Rose’s Drama Editorial Expert for his proposed primary curriculum.

Patrice has given keynotes and led workshops in 35+ countries and was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-13) and Chair of National Drama for more than a decade (until 2015). She created and directed ‘Drama for Learning and Creativity’ (D4LC), an internationally acclaimed school improvement initiative.

Patrice is a published educational author and has been a BBC Education scriptwriter and series consultant (TV and Radio). She now works freelance.

Email: patrice@patricebaldwin.com
Website: www.patricebaldwin.com

Patrice Baldwin and Pie Corbett worked together termly over several years, developing Drama and Talk for Writing at their termly conferences.

‘Patrice Baldwin is a rarity. She is one of the few primary drama experts left in this country and quite possibly the most experienced and effective drama primary teacher. Teachers on her courses, come away feeling more confident and with a broader repertoire. Her work is excellent!’ 

Pie Corbett

Absolutely brilliant! Patrice’s course opened doors for colleagues which they would not have believed possible. In everything she does, she walks delegates through the materials, and discusses the impact this has on children’s learning. She uses drama conventions to create opportunities for pupils to secure their learning in new and deeper ways. 

Mary Myatt

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11 Jan 2022


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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