Shakespeare Week 16th-23rd March

Feb. 20, 2020

Shakespeare Week is an annual national celebration giving primary school aged children a chance to have a great first encounter with Shakespeare – his characters, stories and language. Coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, teachers can register for access to hundreds of resources developed by a range of partners for Key stage 1 and 2.

The theme for 2020 is art and design looking to inspire pupils to create their very own portrait of Shakespeare. If you are a Purple Mash subscriber, why not use one of our art tools:

Use 2Paint A Picture, so children can create their own portrait of Shakespeare, bring some colour to the Witches Cauldron, or use 2Create a Story to retell a Shakespeare tale. Using 2Animate pupils can choose a scene to turn into a short animation or use 2Design and Make to create masks that can be used in class - the only limit is their imagination!

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and died in 1616. Although his plays were written 400 years ago they are full of characters, dilemmas and stories we all still recognise. The Shakespeare Learning Zone from the Royal Shakespeare Company gives you loads of information about Shakespeare’s plays. You’ll find key facts, key scenes, pictures from past productions, videos of actors and directors working on and performing the plays AND find out about all the main characters and how they relate to each other.

You can use this information with our writing tools from Purple Mash that could complement the art activities above. Children can research the great bard, write a fact profile alongside using our Shakespeare Mashcam, putting themselves into the role of Shakespeare and show his thoughts and character in the speech bubble. We have made the fact profile FREE for all schools to use to celebrate Shakespeare Week.

BBC Teach have also put together a fantastic collection of Shakespeare resources for Primary and Secondary pupils to use during the week. From Shakespeare in shorts – short animated films retelling six classic Shakespeare plays set to modern music or information about who William Shakespeare was and visiting the Globe, this collection is great for informing and inspiring pupils.

Share how you’re celebrating Shakespeare Week with us over on our Twitter account, @2SimpleSoftware.

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