Short Scripts for the Stage

What is it that every drama course needs, but which is so hard to find?

The answer that many drama teachers have given us, when we have posed this question is, “short plays for the students to perform”.

And so that is what we have produced under the (rather precise) title: “Short Scripts for the Stage”. This copiable volume contains eight “Modern Fairy Tales”, six “Shorts with a Twist” and three “Stand Alones”.

Each of these plays is written specifically for school performance and are all designed to appeal and be used all the way from Year 7 through to Year 11. Of course in each case the outcome will be different depending on the age and experience of the students, but all are accessible and usable by all Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

All the plays are short, and together they allow a number of plays to be put on as a production in one night, as well as giving the students something which they can attempt and from which they get a feeling of completion once the play is completed.

Throughout, the characters are a little larger than life, and there is a sense of humour in every play. But at the same time, some of the topics are very serious, including war, violence, family break up and death. Thus within the complete selection of 17 plays, there is great variety not only of subject matter but also underlying emotion.

As a result self-esteem, confidence, collaboration and team work, movement and spatial awareness are all incorporated in the range of advantages offer by rehearsing these plays within the school and then (if desired) acting the plays out in public.

The volume is available in photocopiable form or on CD, so that only one copy is needed by the school. Each student will thus be able to have his/her own copy of the script of the play that is being developed.

There are sample pages from the photocopiable book at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1802.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1802EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 806 4

Prices

  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1802EMN

More than a teacher

What is the most effective way of observing your teachers’ performance without losing their personality and natural teaching style?

Some of us thrive on the idea of being centre stage. We don’t necessarily admit it, but we get a buzz out of being the focus. So being observed while we teach is no special deal. The more the merrier.

But some of us don’t feel that way at all. Observation means an enhanced pulse rate, a racing heart, and all the other signs of anxiety. Not anxiety that sends us off for medical attention, but unwelcome anxiety nonetheless.

The problem is that in the end anxiety has an effect on the way we teach – our individuality, our personality, and even our smile. The tension changes our focus from being at one with the class to being on display, the person in front of the camera.

So how can we prevent teachers from letting their anxiety get the better of them during observations?

The first approach is to bring a video system into the classroom, turn it on so that the class think it is working – but you the teacher know that no matter what, you will never watch the video. It may seem an odd approach but it acclimatises us to the situation.

Next have the view that one might, or might not, watch the video depending on how the lesson went. When a good lesson has been recorded, one watches not to criticise oneself, but to ask, “What can I spot in this lesson that really made it go well?”

Step three gets to the stage of saying, “No matter what, I will watch this one,” while step four moves on to finding a video that can be shared with colleagues.

This process, which overcomes anxiety in front of the camera and which helps the teacher’s personality and teaching skills shine through when the camera is present, is increasingly being used in numbers of schools across the country.

The Classwatch video system not only enables teachers and students to get used to video in the classroom, but also allows school leaders to review and discuss a teacher’s performance. Colleagues can observe and share each other’s teaching methods, techniques and lesson ideas to improve their own teaching performance.

It also gives teachers the opportunity to carry out self-evaluation, enabling them to learn from their mistakes without criticism or judgement from others.

You’ll find more information on our website. Alternatively you can call us on 0800 043 9510 or email us at info@classwatch.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Andrew Jenkins

More than a teacher

What is the most effective way of observing your teachers’ performance without losing their personality and natural teaching style?

Some of us thrive on the idea of being centre stage. We don’t necessarily admit it, but we get a buzz out of being the focus. So being observed while we teach is no special deal. The more the merrier.

But some of us don’t feel that way at all. Observation means an enhanced pulse rate, a racing heart, and all the other signs of anxiety. Not anxiety that sends us off for medical attention, but unwelcome anxiety nonetheless.

The problem is that in the end anxiety has an effect on the way we teach – our individuality, our personality, and even our smile. The tension changes our focus from being at one with the class to being on display, the person in front of the camera.

So how can we prevent teachers from letting their anxiety get the better of them during observations?

The first approach is to bring a video system into the classroom, turn it on so that the class think it is working – but you the teacher know that no matter what, you will never watch the video. It may seem an odd approach but it acclimatises us to the situation.

Next have the view that one might, or might not, watch the video depending on how the lesson went. When a good lesson has been recorded, one watches not to criticise oneself, but to ask, “What can I spot in this lesson that really made it go well?”

Step three gets to the stage of saying, “No matter what, I will watch this one,” while step four moves on to finding a video that can be shared with colleagues.

This process, which overcomes anxiety in front of the camera and which helps the teacher’s personality and teaching skills shine through when the camera is present, is increasingly being used in numbers of schools across the country.

The Classwatch video system not only enables teachers and students to get used to video in the classroom, but also allows school leaders to review and discuss a teacher’s performance. Colleagues can observe and share each other’s teaching methods, techniques and lesson ideas to improve their own teaching performance.

It also gives teachers the opportunity to carry out self-evaluation, enabling them to learn from their mistakes without criticism or judgement from others.

You’ll find more information on our website. Alternatively you can call us on 0800 043 9510 or email us at info@classwatch.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Andrew Jenkins

How do you support your weaker learners in GCSE English?

Weaker students in English come in various shades of learning: they may have difficulty grasping analysis concepts, they may be disinterested in literary books, they may have dyslexia or another learning difficulty or they may simply not enjoy the subject. Whatever the reasons, they need encouragement and tailored support to get the best out of them.

ZigZag has started its new range of English Literature Weaker Learner Support Packs, perfect for mixed ability classes or weaker learner sets. All resources meet three aims:

Aim 1 – To engage weaker learners with the text – Characters speak directly to students to summarise the plot before and after reading the text.

Aim 2 – To support their understanding of key literary aspects – Worksheets with stimulating and well-pitched activities engage students with main events, all key characters, major themes, form and structural features, and language. Plus PowerPoint presentations explore key contextual points.

Aim 3 – To consolidate their knowledge ready for an exam – All activities are cross-referenced to current GCSE AOs so that you can choose the right worksheet for your students regardless of exam board.

“A must for low ability learners. I like the comprehensive layout of the resource – events, themes, characters, and language. I especially like the teacher’s notes – they cover the AOs clearly and allow a more purposeful approach to the study scheme. Questioning builds understanding at a good pace and almost always ends with a how or why question, pushing students for those C+ skills.”
Penglais English Dept.

Resources cover the following texts:

  1. An Inspector Callshttp://zzed.co.uk/WH55Inspector
  2. Macbethhttp://zzed.co.uk/WH55Macbeth
  3. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hydehttp://zzed.co.uk/WH55Hyde
  4. About a Boyhttp://zzed.co.uk/WH55Boy

ZigZag resources come with a site copy licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need. Also available as a printable PDF file (+30%+vat) and an editable Word file (+50%+vat).

ZigZag Education, Unit 3, Greenway Business Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
t: 0117 950 3199 | f: 0117 959 1695 | WH55@zigzageducation.co.uk

www.zigzageducation.co.uk

Free worksheet on binary logic!

Test your students’ grasp of the definitions of logic gates with this free worksheet on binary logic!

Binary Logic can be a tricky topic for students, so with this in mind, we have created this visual activity for them to build confidence with the topic. From understanding the gates’ conditions for a true output, to recognising an inverter, this match-up task will ensure your students are using the correct logic gates.

Download the worksheet from our Doddle ICT and Computing page!

Want to see more of what Doddle can do for your department? Book an in-school visit!

One of our Educational Consultants will give you a free and flexible tour of the various Doddle resources and features that help you engage your students, test their understanding and track their progress.

Alice
Doddle

Managing ‘pupil’ accounts on Private Funds Manager

Why managing ‘pupil’ accounts on Private Funds
Manager gives more accurate information,
satisfies your auditors and saves you time and hassle.

Most schools are inundated with payments from parents these days – for trips, clubs, equipment, uniform and kit, equipment and materials, prom, leavers books and hoodies, lockers …. we could go on and on. If you have school fund donations and are claiming gift aid, this adds another level of complexity.

This is reflected in the popularity of online payment solutions in schools, although many schools still work with cash and cheque and some have a combination of the two. Many academies have incorporated all their funds into one bank account, other academies and most schools retain a separate bank account for private funds.

Whichever you use, its important to keep a track on your accounts both at the individual pupil level, at the overall account eg trip level, and for private funds in total. Even if you have a central accounts system, it is unlikely that this offers analysis at the individual student level, and this is where Private Funds Manager (PFM) from Istek UK Ltd can be of great value.

PFM links automatically with Sims so your pupil and parent information is always accurate and up to date. It links with online payment providers so any payments made online are automatically incorporated into your accounts. PFM exports to Word or Excel documents, or directly to teachers smartphones to provide instant access to medical and contact information when out on trips.

PFM is used in more than 2000 schools throughout the UK for things like -

  • Managing residential trips, visits, conferences and activity weeks – who is going, consent forms, contact numbers, allergies etc., who paid what and when, and who hasn’t paid.
  • Manage after school / breakfast / holiday clubs – invoice in advance or bill from attendance, print attendance register for club & record for parents,see non payers
  • School fund donations, sponsored events and gift aid reclaiming- including latest R68GAD.
  • Manage pupil premium – log when PP is spent which updates the pupil account for trips etc., Simple reports for overall spend, individual account and individual pupil spend
  • Music lessons, instrument hire – Produce invoices for billing music lessons, produce lesson lists, see who has paid and not paid, create chase up letters.
  • Exam resits and charges
  • Charity Commission returns – produced automatically.
  • Duke of Edinburgh – manage charges for registration fees, expeditions etc. Also manage consent forms, parental contact and medical notes.
  • Prom, Leavers hoodies and Yearbooks
  • Lockers – manage locker deposits paid in and refunds made.
  • In school purchases – Revision guides, equipment, calculators & laptops.
  • PE kit & other uniform
  • Shows & Performances
  • Bus / Coach passes
  • Staff meals and accounts

For further information

Please visit our website on www.istekuk.com for an information pack or click here to arrange an online demonstration.

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Fantastic NEW schools project – Make Sushi in School

Teach children about nutrition and healthy eating while having fun and learning a new skill.

This popular new project for Primary Schools enables you to teach children how to make sushi either in class or as part of an exciting cultural Enrichment Day. The kit provides all the equipment and dry ingredients needed to create sushi with up to thirty children. Sushi means seasoned rice and we do not use raw fish. You do not need a classroom kitchen – any room will do. The kit can be ordered online and is delivered direct to your school.

Purchasing a kit also gives you access to the Member Zone and Teachers’ Guide with a wealth of support materials covering how to cook the rice and make Maki rolls, as well as chopstick etiquette, writing names in Kanji and learning Origami.

Make Sushi In School is “…straight forward and very exciting with few ingredients” according to one teacher. “I really felt the students achieved a great deal.” With Japan obesity rates at 3% compared to our 25% obesity rate, sushi is a fantastic way to encourage children to eat healthily in a fun and interactive way and make a real difference to their future health and wellbeing.

Order now to secure your kit at www.makesushiinschool.com quoting voucher code HOUSE1 for our reference.

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Special offer on Education Pack DVDs of 4 set text plays

Special offer on Education Pack DVDs of
4 set text plays

Stage on Screen is a unique British Company dedicated to producing and recording classic stage plays. Our DVDs have received widespread acclaim and endorsement from both the mainstream press and a wide range of academic institutions and journals.

Our current plays all feature on a wide range of English, Drama and Theatre Studies curriculums, including GCSE, A level and IB. They’re also very useful for anyone studying Shakespeare or any early modern play.

They are all available in special Education Packs, which include three DVDs: the play (with optional subtitles); extensive interviews with the theatre company; and a master-shot recording, invaluable for teaching stagecraft, lighting and blocking.

Four Complete Education Packs – just £99.95 + VAT + P&P

We are offering all four titles for just £99.95 + VAT +P&P. That’s a saving of over £20. (If you prefer, you can order individual titles for £29.99 + VAT + P&P.)

These are the four plays, using full exam board approved texts, each staged and recorded live in front of an audience at London’s Greenwich Theatre, plus sample reviews:

Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe – “From the moment Faustus enters the playing space we know we are in safe hands…fantastic inspiration for students.”(Teaching Drama Magazine)

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster – “The best spoken, most intelligently staged and thrillingly effective Malfi I’ve seen in years.” (The Stage)

Volpone by Ben Jonson – The two leads have the makings of a delicious double act, Bremmer snuffling with mirth into his ginger furs as Hadfield makes boobies of the avaricious hypocrites with easy wit.” (The Times)

The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan – “It is a delight! A production to relish…you know this is going to be fun.” (British Theatre Guide)

A great resource for your students

These plays will put your students at a distinct advantage:

‘Pitched perfectly to suit both casual and academic audiences, Stage on Screen offers an unparalleled array of material on these productions that will be a welcome addition to those who wish to study early modern dramatists.’ (The Shakespeare Bulletin)

‘..Unlike many modern productions of the classics, Stage on Screen productions are rarely cut, putting pupils who see them at a distinct advantage.’ (Times Education Supplement)

How to order

All our DVDs are playable across all regions. To order yours, just call (0)20 3174 3249, complete the order form or visit our online shop. Please specify code “HH1” when ordering.

More details and reviews are at www.stageonscreen.com

Best wishes,

Phil Rees

Director, Stage on Screen

Medieval history for less able students

What is the most effective way of ensuring your less able students have access to the KS3 History curriculum?

There is no doubt that some less able students do find the Middles Ages an interesting period to study. The issue, of course, is to find the right sort of materials for them so that their interest can be extended and developed.

It is with this thought in mind that we have developed our Medieval Realms resource for less able students who are required to access the Key Stage 3 History curriculum within the mainstream setting.

Medieval Realms provides you with the material to deliver valuable exercises and activities that have been designed to promote simple word recognition, the development of fine motor skills, improved literacy skills and extended recall ability.

The resource contains 40 clear and motivating lesson time activities which cover 12 key subject areas. 110 images are also included; these include various maps and battle formations.

By using this resource students will create an attractive and interesting file of work which will provide them with a genuine sense of achievement.

Activities include word and sentence reading and re-writing; storyboard cutting, sequencing, sticking and colouring; recognising and labelling; organising and prioritising; dressing the knight; building the village; and ultimately playing the game – Medieval Morals – snakes and ladders.

What’s more, this resource also contains a free CD of all the illustrations shown in the book.

You can order Medieval Realms in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to info@msl-online.net
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN

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