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Super Shakespeare!

For our first English topic, we have looked at some of the plays of William Shakespeare. We have focussed on "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We quickly learned the plots to both plays, got past the difficult Shakespearian language, and discovered that the stories were enthralling with captivating characters! We particularly enjoyed studying the characters from "The Tempest" and had lots of fun re-enacting the scene where a drunken Stephano and Trinculo discover the half-man, half-beast Caliban, whilst the mischeivious (and invisible!) sprite Ariel secretly torments Trinculo!

 

We performed lots of role play activities and practiced reciting lines from different plays using our voices, facial expressions and body gestures in different ways to convey different emotions or characteristics...although some of us sounded Scottish for every emotion!!!sad

 

We also produced some amazing character portraits using Shakespeare's descriptions. Finally, we worked really hard to produce a fantastic piece of descriptive writing about a piece of artwork inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We studied Sir Joseph Patton's painting very closely and the more we understood the play, the more themes, plot and characters we could see represented in the artwork. Mrs Hudson was thrilled with our final polished writing!

Prospero's Magic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A full orchestra's rendition of the Michael Nyman piece. We listened to this music and tried to identify which scene from the play the composer was representing. It's very powerful and dynamic!

Shakespeare The Animated Tales- A Midsummer Night's Dream

We watched this animated tale - it really helped us with plot of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the many twists and turns!


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