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‘Double, double toil and trouble’ Year 7 pupils get hands on whilst exploring the plot and themes of Macbeth

Last Friday our Year 7 students took part in a day of activities exploring one of the nation’s most treasured and important writers: Shakespeare. Alongside studying either A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Much ado about Nothing in their English lessons, Year 7 pupils had the opportunity to investigate another of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in a more hands on way, Macbeth.

In the morning, pupils explored the plot of Macbeth through a range of drama based activities. They also took part in a challenge to produce a prop or costume for their own production out of recycled materials. All groups had a chance to pitch their ideas before an overall winner was announced from each class.

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Shakespeare Day

During form time and break, pupils had the chance to meet the man himself. The Shakespeare selfie booth was very popular as pupils queued up to get a picture whilst modelling their Shakespearian props.

The afternoon was spent enjoying the 2018 RSC production of Macbeth with popcorn and drinks as a reward for the hard work students had put in throughout the day.

English Teacher, Sam Duffy said of the event ‘we really wanted to complement what pupils were learning in lessons and show that Shakespeare should not be intimidating. We hope that, by allowing the pupils to explore Macbeth in this really hands-on way, we have spread some of our love for Shakespeare and they will remember this as they study English in the years to come.’

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