If you didn't know it is National School Shakespeare week soon. Check out http://shakespeareweek.org.uk/ for details. As well as this there is also the Shakespeare Schools Festival that takes place every year. Check this out here - http://www.ssf.uk.com/
We have never done the Shakespeare Schools festival before but I have heard great things about it. Be sure to check it out for how it works - getting kids to perform Shakespeare on stage is surely something that they will never forget.
In our class we are currently building up to Shakespeare week by reading The Tempest and finding out about the characters. Prior to this all children were set the task of reading the story and finding out about William Shakespeare last half term as part of their half termly learning logs (See previous post on these). Just in case you don't know the story of The Tempest it basically starts with a ship cast off in stormy seas. For my writing tomorrow we are going to use some stormy music to create the scene. All tables will be pushed away and the children will dramatise being at sea during the storm.
For this part we will use the ideas from "A Practical Guide to Shakespeare for the Primary School" by John Doona. This book all revolves around building children into the play and understanding it through different drama techniques and is something quite special. If you are thinking of doing Shakespeare in a Primary School I highly recommend it. (I'm not on commission!) I'm not going to share the ideas we will be using in class as they are taken from the book but we will basically be acting out each part of the scene - the weather, the boat, the people. This will get the children to think about all the different things that are happening.
By getting the children to act out different parts of a storm I am hoping that they will use these different scenarios to describe what the Tempest is like at different points. Although they will not be writing this in the first person, they will have the ideas to write about.
Because we are writing a description we will also listen to the video at the bottom of the page for ideas of sounds that we might hear when the storm is taking place.
Note: - there are so many videos to choose from with story weather sounds - this is just one of them! As well as the sounds, we will also be describing how the people are feeling - what the waves, boat etc are doing and looking like too. I will add pictures of work completed when they are completed tomorrow.
As it is to be a descriptive piece of writing we will be using a vast range of Alan Peat Sentence types taken from his awesome exciting sentences books. If you don't own them and are not using them you must be mad!
Just another fabtastic writing idea. If you like - please share and comment.
Some of our awesome writing is below the video we used.
A writing project we undertook to enable the children to enjoy William Shakespeare while at the same time re-writing his play and creating some great artwork around it.