It’s Shakespeare Week once again and this year there are even more great resources available to help you celebrate.
Shakespeare Week is an annual national celebration of Shakespeare for primary school aged children organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, giving children a great first encounter with Shakespeare – his characters, stories and language.
Shakespeare Week has been embraced by Britain’s best-loved cultural institutions to deliver a fun-packed week that will bring Shakespeare’s works, creative legacy and the nation’s cultural birthright to life for everyone’s enjoyment.
We have taken part in Shakespeare Week since its inception in 2014 and the fun activities have really helped my children develop a greater appreciation for Shakespeare.
Throughout the week children participate in their own performances, celebrations and activities – acting out Shakespeare, crafting puppets, even understanding science, history and numeracy through Shakespeare’s world.
This year Mission Shakespeare ,a digital challenge, has been introduced to keep children engaged all year round.
There is a huge array of resources available on the Shakespeare Week website including Tudor cookery, maths, Shakespearean crafts and much more. To get involved all you need to do is register on the Shakespeare Week site.
BBC Schools Radio provides one of our favourite Shakespearean resources – Shakespeare Retold. These short re-tellings of plays serve as an excellent introduction to the central themes of many of Shakespeare’s plays.
The RSC produce a schools broadcast. I encourage you to sign up for this as it is an outstanding free resource. A couple of times a year they give those registered the opportunity to watch a live broadcast of a play. At the end of this month they are sharing The Tempest and although registration for this play has now closed, I would recommend keeping an eye on their events for the next play. It really isn’t to be missed especially for older children.
To get you in the mood for a week celebrating the life of the bard watch the following video clip. More can be found on the Shakespeare Week website once you have signed up.
I’d love to hear about your week in the comments here or on one of my other social media channels.