Studying the Bard in Shakespeare Week
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Activities based on the Bard’s work were enthusiastically undertaken by the pupils at the Junior Girls’ School to celebrate Shakespeare Week. Stories were read, characters were analysed and videos of his Histories and Tragedies were watched.
Shakespeare liked to create insults about certain characters: he wrote of the witch Sycorax in The Tempest, ‘A freckled whelp-hag not honour’d with a human shape.’ The girls in Year 4 were asked to visualise this person and others Shakespeare described. They then had a go at composing their own Shakespearean insults with the plays as inspiration!
Anna Brennand and Gabrielle Read made up ‘a grizzled, paper-faced younker’ while Emily Whalley and Coco Jones created ‘a bawdy onion-eyed malt worm’. Pupils then went on to imagine what these complex, interesting and odd characters might look like and how they might behave. They drew cartoon sketches of their colourful characters based on their insults.
Shakespeare Week was a wonderful opportunity to get pupils interested in the work of William Shakespeare and inspired a range of activities across the curriculum.