King Edward VI High School For Girls - Shakespeare Festival

Partner: KEHS Primary School Network (1)
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Drama

For the last three years we have a run a very popular Shakespeare Festival for Year 5 and 6 pupils. In 2014, the Festival featured activities on Macbeth; in 2015 pupils from 4 state primary schools took part in a Tempest Festival and in 2016 the focus has been on A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Summer 2017 the workshop focused on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Aims of the project

The workshops provide a stimulating 'kickstart' for exciting literacy and creative arts work with follow‐up ideas provided for participating teachers. It is a great way to showcase the facilities of our campus with the Festival taking place throughout the day on the school site.

Background and goals

A Young Shakespeare Company actor will lead Drama workshops exploring the story, language and characters of each Shakespearean play. During the two hour session, the children become actively and imaginatively involved, playing the characters and creating the imaginary world of the play through storytelling, prediction, improvisation, and the exploration of small sections of Shakespeare’s language. No prior knowledge of the play is required from teachers or pupils. Children are quickly hooked by their involvement in the story, discovering the play as it unfolds around them.

Resources

A Young Shakespeare Company actor will lead drama workshops exploring the story, language and characters of a Shakespearean play. During the two hour session, the children become actively and imaginatively involved, playing the characters and creating the imaginary world of the play through storytelling, prediction, improvisation, and the exploration of small sections of Shakespeare’s language. No prior knowledge of the play is required from teachers or pupils. Children are quickly hooked by their involvement in the story, discovering the play as it unfolds around them. The workshops provide a stimulating 'kickstart' for exciting literacy and creative arts work. Follow-up ideas are provided for participating teachers.