Using Drama to Explore Narrative Poetry at KS2 - NATIONAL DRAMA

Using Drama to Explore Narrative Poetry at KS2

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, will show how Drama can bring alive the poet’s words, phrases, images and sounds, in meaningful ways.
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Drama enables whole classes of children to inter-actively enter and explore any narrative poem together. Drama strategies can be used to help them re-create and enter the various settings and engage with the thoughts, motives, feelings and actions of characters, during key moments and scenes. Drama can bring alive the poet’s words, phrases, images and sounds, in meaningful, embodied and memorable ways. It can even provide additional scenes, which can then be inserted into the poem!

This session will focus on The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning. Teachers will be taken ‘step by step’ through a KS2 drama lesson. Each teacher move and drama strategy will be explained, in terms of its intended impact on the children’s learning. The ways in which ‘Teacher in Role’ is being used, will also be explained.


  • A Drama Unit based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Drama Strategies booklet
  • Drama Contract
  • The Powerpoint used in the session/s (as a PDF)
  • A published article about ‘Teacher in Role’
  • An additional Drama lesson, based on another narrative poem


£25 for 1 teacher; £15 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

Bespoke packages of additional advice and support can be arranged for schools. Please contact


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.


‘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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25 Jan 2022


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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