From 29th February to 4th March, Avon House enjoyed a week full of Shakespeare. It was a lovely introduction to his plays and each year group studied a different play.
Foundation 1 and 2 studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They created their own magic potions. In the play Oberon, the king of the fairies, used a purple flower to create a potion which made a sleeping person fall in love with the first thing they see when the wake.
Year 1 looked at Romeo and Juliet. They created sweet love letters as the two lovers might have sent each other and on Thursday Mr. Reed led a workshop based on sword fighting which occurs at the beginning of the play.
Year 2 had the difficult task of studying King Lear, sometimes thought to be a classic of English Literature. They performed, in assembly, a hilarious Avon House broadcast (AHB) of The Great British Bake Off to represent what they had learnt. They concocted recipes for a happy family cake.
Year 3 also had a difficult of bringing Hamlet to the classroom. This they did very successfully and managed to create their own abridged version of the play; their acting skills were brilliant.
Year 4 were lucky enough to have Mr. Taggart come in to conduct a workshop on the Tempest. They had fun recreating a storm with the use of a parachute and the natural elements!
Following some prior research, Year 5 spent Wednesday at the Globe Theatre. Whilst there, they recorded some of their facts and made them into a short film.
Year 6 studied Macbeth and wrote letters from Macbeth to his wife about his encounter with the three witches. They also researched some quotes from Shakespeare that we still use in our language today.
At the beginning of the week each class had a workshop based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream led by an actress from a travelling theatre company. In the afternoon we put each workshop together to create our own performance of the play. We all learnt a great deal about the play. This exciting and enjoyable event would not have been possible without generous funding from the PTA, so a big thank you to them.
On Friday the whole school dressed up as a character from Shakespeare and in assembly each class showed the rest of the school some of the things they had been doing.
The hall displays also showed the work which the classes had been doing in art, so another big thank you to the art teachers in the Prep.
Avon House had a fun week celebrating 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.