Fairytales are great for use in all different areas of the curriculum. For English you can create a storyboard of events for a fairytale, in Maths use magic beans as a counting aid, in Geography you can create a map for Hansel and Gretel to find their way back home.
Fairytales can be used in drama in a variety of different ways.
60 Second Fairytale – Split your class into smaller groups and give them 15 minutes to create their own 60 second version of a well known fairytale. Time the productions!
Fairytale Mix Up – Ask your pupils to put their favourite fairytale characters and place them into the wrong fairytales, allow them to mix it up, improvise and have fun.
On the Hot Toadstool – Pick a Fairytale character like Cinderella and either get a pupil or use Teacher in Role (the teacher assumes a role in relation to the pupils) to play the character who is on the Hot Toadstool. Get the group to ask the characters questions to find out how they are feeling, why they are behaving in a certain way.
If you would like to learn more way to work with your class on fairytales, why not get us into your school to do a Fairytales drama workshop?