Teaching History Through Drama - Session Two - KS2 - NATIONAL DRAMA

Teaching History Through Drama – Session Two – KS2

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, explains how drama can help children to engage with historical characters, situations and events.
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This event is ‘paired’ with Teaching History through Drama – Session 1 – KS1 on Tuesday 1 March 2022 4-5.30pm. Teachers may choose to register for just one session but it is recommended that teachers attend both sessions and try out some of the Session 1 activities before Session 2. To book both sessions please use the booking form on first session at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169099365755


Drama for learning, can help children to engage with historical characters, situations, settings and events, in enjoyable and highly memorable ways. ‘Drama for Learning’ approaches can be used to enter and explore authentic historical images and texts together ‘in role’ and to engage with life in the past, whilst maintaining a ‘respect for evidence’.

SESSION 1 (KS1): This session will focus on The Great Fire of London. The approach and the drama strategy choices will be explained ‘step by step’ and the drama lesson will use paintings, diary entries, recounts and reconstructions.

SESSION 2 (KS2): This session will focus on Ancient Egypt’ The approach and the drama strategy choices will be explained ‘step by step’ in a drama lesson teaching about the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Historical images, photographs and recounts will be used. Teachers who have already attended the previous session (KS1) will be given the optional opportunity afterwards, to talk about any drama they have tried out between sessions.



  • A Drama Unit based on ‘The Great Fire of London’
  • An additional KS1 ‘History Through Drama’ Lesson
  • A Drama Strategies booklet;
  • A Drama Contract;
  • The Powerpoint (as a PDF)


  • A Drama Unit based on The Tomb of Tutankhamun’
  • An additional KS2 ‘History Through Drama’ Lesson
  • A Drama Strategies booklet
  • A Drama Contract
  • The Powerpoint (as a PDF)


One session: £25 for 1 teacher; £15 for each additional teacher (from the same school)

Two sessions: £40 for 1 teacher ; £30 for each additional teacher (from the same school)

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 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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15 Mar 2022


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