Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week - 5 April 2013

Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week - 5 April 2013

5 April 2013

Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week

Why the play's the thing

Recommended resources

Key stage 1 - Ideas for approaches

  • This Teachers TV video offers inspiration on how to teach Shakespeare.

Key stage 2 - Slam poetry

  • In honour of Shakespeare's birthday, celebrated on 23 April, a Poetry Society competition winner shares her take on the Bard.

Key stage 3 - On the stage

  • Globe Education's Playing Shakespeare project commisions productions designed to engage young minds.

Key stage 4 - Set the scene

  • Students create their own sets with the help of tips from the Globe's set designer.

Key stage 5 - Making a play

  • Follow the Globe's production of The Merchant of Venice, from rehearsal to performance.


Teachers’ Top 10 reads

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Assembly of the week: Shakespeare’s Birthday

Top 10: Da Vinci’s Birthday

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci’s birthday (April 15) is a great time to remember the scientific discoveries and artistic creations that shaped the artist’s life and influenced our world today. Introduce students to his life and work with our selection of resources.

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Spotlight on: World Malaria Day

On 25 April, people across the globe will be taking take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013.

A cultural birthright

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In Search of Shakespeare

What else?

  • Introduce students to Shakespeare Globe Theatre with mhesson’s PowerPoint lesson on the theatre and its importance to Shakespeare. It even uses a clip from Doctor Who to illustrate the historical context.
  • Have fun with Shakespeare using ceesaw’s kinaesthetic activities and interesting facts about his life and the themes of his work.

All the world's a stage

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Theatre in the round

What else?

  • Learn the basics of teaching Rounders and activities for batting, throwing and catching with a guide from AndSJ.
  • Find out about life – and sports – in the time of Shakespeare with a PowerPoint resource and scheme of work from TES English.

Historical highlights

What else?

  • Introduce your class to The Tudors with this double sided topic map from bevevans22. Ideal for group activities and discussions
  • Find out about Tudor clothes – and try a Tudor costumes activity – with this image-based PowerPoint resource from Looney tunes.