Enhancing Primary School Curriculum through learning outside of the classroom

History was my favourite subject at school and this was because of my history teacher Mrs Norman. She was about sixty, as I remember, and passionate about the subject, inspiring us with her unconventional methods. We would crumble digestive biscuits around the playground, symbolising the deterioration of The British Empire and on another occasion, I recall sitting cross-legged under my desk to avoid the imaginary bombs that were dropping all around our classroom as we experienced the blitz!

Most of us remember that special teacher, class visitor or school trip that managed to breathe life into a subject, opening our eyes to an exciting, wider world beyond the school gates. Today, as workloads increase and budgets tighten, the opportunities for enhanced, active learning experiences diminishes. Yet they have never been more needed. It is estimated that currently, primary school children spend 70% of their school life sat at a desk. In addition, we face the growing challenge of competing for our children’s attention with electronic devices and social media. With this in mind, how do we ensure that children have the opportunity for active, shared learning in their formative years?

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom do not have a clearly defined boundary but it is widely agreed that they have a common goal. Such learning can provide a dramatic stimulus to help kick-start or reinforce topics being taught in the classroom. Whether on a school trip or in a school hall, they can encourage creativity, curiosity, social interaction and help to break down barriers. These opportunities make room for safe exploration, often through improvisation, and role play, allowing breakthroughs in learning. Above all, they are a lot of fun, creating memories that last a life time.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Having been lucky enough to work with schools for over 5 years, providing curriculum based drama workshops, the biggest reward is witnessing the children’s infectious energy and enthusiasm. Whether they are re-enacting the Great Fire of London, practicing Roman battle formations or dancing a Tudor Pavane, we leave with the knowledge that the children are returning to their desks with an excitement for and shared experience of, the topic they are studying.

Julia Doyle – The Drama Hut Ltd www.thedramahut.com


Florence Nightingale Workshop

Florence Nightingale Workshop

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Travel back in time with the famous Lady with the Lamp and learn about her life during the Victorian times and in particular the impact she had on nursing and the sanitisation of our hospitals. ...
Florence Nightingale Workshop

Roman Workshop

Roman Workshop

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
During this workshop, the children will be met by Queen Boudicca, leader of the Celts. And here our journey begins. Amongst other things, during the session the children will become Roman soldiers and learn about life during Roman times. ...
Roman Workshop

Greek Workshops

Greek Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
During this history workshop, the children will meet Charmos, an elite athlete turned tour guide who will take the children on a journey to experience life and work in ancient Greece. ...
Greek Workshops

WW2 Workshops

WW2 Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Travel back in time with ‘Polly’ to the 1940′s and experience what it might have been like to be an evacuee during World War II. Pack your suitcase and get ready to leave your hometown for the country... ...
WW2 Workshops


Tudor Workshops

Tudor Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Meet Margery Horsman, a Maid of Honor in the royal household of King Henry VIII. Being in service throughout Henry’s reign, she is an expert in court etiquette and certainly has a tale or two to tell! ...
Tudor Workshops

History Workshops

History Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
The Drama Hut brings on-site workshops directly to your school, covering a wide range of curricular topics. Through drama, improvisation and role play let us create a unique learning experience for your school. ...
History Workshops

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Meet Thomas Farriner, the King’s baker, from Pudding Lane, who survived the fire to tell the story of what happened during those fateful days. Discover with help from him and later Samuel Pepys, what it was like to Live in London during this time....
The Great Fire of London

WW1 Workshop

WW1 Workshop

Meet Edith Johnson, Mother of 5 and travel with her to London 1914 and discover how the First World War would change ordinary lives, forever. ...
WW1 Workshop


Viking Workshops

Viking Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Journey back in time to Anglo Saxon Britain in one of the famous Viking Longboats. With Astrid the Viking as their guide, through improvisation, song, riddles and movement, the children will begin to explore life during this fascinating period. ...
Viking Workshops

Stone Age Workshops

Stone Age Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Travel back in time with our actor in role, the enthusiastic archaeologist Sally Spade, in order to explore this fascinating prehistoric period, discovering how it developed from the chaotic to the domestic. ...
Stone Age Workshops

A Christmas Story Workshop

A Christmas Story Workshop

Charles Dicken's will arrive at your school to spread Christmas cheer and explore the real meaning of Christmas. Using 'A Christmas Carol' for inspiration, the children will act out scenes from the story finishing with their very own performance. ...
A Christmas Story Workshop

Victorian Workshop

Victorian Workshop

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Travel back in time and experience the harsh life or the poor in a typical workhouse, run by the formidable Mr Bumble. Discover how Victorian England was transformed through innovation and the Industrial Revolution and meet Queen Victoria herself! ...
Victorian Workshop


Egyptian Workshops

Egyptian Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
With the help of the Goddess Isis, unravel the secrets hidden in an ancient Egyptian scroll and discover how a Pharaoh would journey to the afterlife. ...
Egyptian Workshops

Preparing for Pantomime

Preparing for Pantomime

Enter the magical world of pantomime, a Georgian invention. Guided by a familiar character from a well-loved tale, the children will learn various parts of Pantomime ‘stage business’, through song, role play and performance. ...
Preparing for Pantomime

Mayan Workshops

Mayan Workshops

Sally Spade, an enthusiastic archeologist, has been asked to write an article for ‘Archeology Today’ about The Mayan Civilisation. Who were they? How did they live and work and what were their beliefs? Travel back in time with Sally to explore th...
Mayan Workshops

Suffragettes Workshop

Suffragettes Workshop

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Have an actor visit your school to help bring your school topic to life. In this drama workshop, the Suffragette movement has been formed and the members are working tirelessly to secure equal rights and the vote for women. ...
Suffragettes Workshop

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