Primary teaching ideas for Shakespeare Week
Resources to help you introduce Shakespeare’s life and work to your primary pupils
Engage your primary learners in a celebration of Shakespeare’s impressive legacy by taking part in Shakespeare Week, which takes place from 14 – 20 March this year. It’s the perfect opportunity to dispel the myth that Shakespeare can be tricky to access by introducing the life, works and times of the Bard in an exciting way.
So why not get involved? We’ve picked out a few of the top resources on TES to help you get started.
Resources for teachers
This comprehensive education pack contains top tips on teaching Shakespeare, including objectives for each year group and activity ideas, while this short video neatly demonstrates a variety of possible teaching approaches.
Alternatively, explore how Shakespeare’s work has been translated on screen, including films such as Gnomeo and Juliet and The Lion King, with these useful discussion guides.
Resources for the classroom
This interactive introductory presentation, including basic facts about Shakespeare and a mini quiz, is ideal for an assembly or as the start of a unit of work.
Engage younger learners with abridged versions of some of the Bard’s most famous works, such as this sensory retelling of Macbeth and this pictorial interpretation of The Tempest. Additionally, this Shakespeare’s hat activity is a great starting point for discussion of some of Shakespeare’s classic characters.
For older students, this complete planning collection contains everything you need to teach The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing to any KS2 class. This detailed Henry V teacher pack offers support and activities for classes reading, performing or watching the play.
For something a bit different, this Shakespearean insult kit is guaranteed to delight pupils of all ages.
Don’t forget to check out the wealth of resources available on our Teaching Shakespeare site.