The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo: Exploring the book through dra – Rhinegold Publishing

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo: Exploring the book through drama


The Butterfly Lion is an engaging book that will grip the imaginations of your KS2 students, and which presents several key theme strands that are ideal to explore through classroom drama work.

This scheme of work uses a range of dramatic techniques to enhance a reading of the book. It contains a selection of games, exercises, group work and group discussions, and aligns with the Spoken Language requirements of the National Curriculum. Students are offered the opportunity to create and perform drama alongside and in front of their peers, and to respond thoughtfully to each other’s work. As well as gaining a deeper understanding of the book through this scheme, elements of PSHE may be touched on in considering the theme of running away, and there is also an opportunity to look at trench warfare in WW1.

Guidelines are offered throughout the scheme on what point students should have reached in the book in order to appreciate the lesson. However, the scheme will also work as a follow-on from a complete reading.

Learning objectives
By the end of this scheme the students will:
  • Have used a range of dramatic techniques to explore the themes and characters within The Butterfly Lion
  • Have explored working with tableaux at a range of levels, from simple tableaux creation to using them as a dramatic convention to depict a narrative
  • Have experience of adopting and sustaining roles
  • Have experience of improvising, devising and scripting drama
  • Have been able to practice speaking audibly in front of their peers
  • Have participated in group discussions, listening to and building on others’ contributions
  • Have participated in collaborative games, exercises and discussions
  • Have experience of responding appropriately to others in role
  • Have experience of responding to the work of others
  • Have explored a range of opinions and arguments, and considered contrasting viewpoints.
Number of lessons: 4

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