Shakespeare FestivalOver the past years, Montpelier Primary School have been very proud to take part in the Primary Shakespeare Company project.
Performed their production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, learnt their lines and thought about their characterisation. Every week a Shakespearean director worked with the classes individually to create their scene that ran together with all the other classes taking part to create the overall production. Take a few minutes out of your day to view the fabulous photos.
Shakespeare across the curriculum:
Year 4 are so passionate about Macbeth that we can’t contain our learning just to the drama sessions. Our interest has spilled over into maths, English, art, music, PSHCE, and science. Each week we will be sharing what we have been learning on this website and Montpelier Primary School’s twitter account, so watch this space!
Week 1 - Maths
This week Year 4 have created their own potions for the weird sisters to use.
Unfortunately one of the weird sisters can only read decimals, while the others can only read fractions!
They have had to write their recipes in fractions and decimals so that the weird sisters can make the potion accurately.
Week 2 - Art
This week Year 4 have enjoyed seeing their performances coming together as rehearsals have continued.
We are also enjoying linking our learning to other areas of the curriculum.
In art, we painted a watercolour wash, with colours appropriate for a misty heathland.
After they had dried we created a cartoon strip with a summary of the dialogue and narrative between the weird sisters, Macbeth and Banquo.
Week 3 - English
This week year 4 wrote letters from beyond the grave.
Macbeth’s victims rose up from their graves to write an anguished letter pledging to avenge their brutal murders.
We also went to court and tried Lady Macbeth for the crimes she committed.
The defence lawyers and witnesses fought hard to show that she had gone mad and therefore could not be found guilty.
However, the prosecution were able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Lady Macbeth was guilty and her sentencing will follow later!
Week 4 - Maths
This week we have been finalising our performances ready for the production next week!
Poor Shakespeare is out of money (again!).
He can’t afford any more paper for his plays. He needs to decide which lines to cut from Macbeth to make it shorter.
Year 4 advised Shakespeare by finding the area and perimeter for lines from Macbeth so that he knew which ones were taking up too much paper!
Born 26th April 1564 and died 23rd April 1616.
An English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language.
He is often called England’s national poet and the ‘Bard of Avon’. His extensive works consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets including famous narratives.
Many of his plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
The Primary Shakespeare Company
Working with children in primary schools, raising attainment and achievement by engaging with Shakespeare.
All practitioners work professionally within the theatre world, but more importantly have worked extensively in schools and colleges alongside teachers.