Means and Ends: History, Drama and Education for Life

Primary History article

By Dorothy Heathcote, published 30th March 2008

Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.

John Fines, Raymond Verrier and I frequently taught as a team trying to discover where drama work and history meet. We were interested in helping children get a grasp of past events which have influenced their own times; clothing, shelters, laws, habits, rituals, tools, beliefs, to name a few, bear witness to past events. History and drama beam a light on what it means to be human.

Dramatic work involves people in the present exploring social events of whatever kind, by actively demonstrating they are...

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