“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”
Did you know that it has just been Shakespeare week? Shakespeare is one of the most famous writers and in Year 6 we have been studying his play ‘Macbeth’. We were intrigued by Lady Macbeth’s powers of persuasion over her husband and so we wrote a persuasive speech from her point of view, encouraging Macbeth to kill the king.
We shared our writing with our Year 5 peers who were interested in what Year 6 writing looks like. Many of them agreed that our writing was strongly persuasive but they did wonder why we would want Macbeth to commit treason. So altogether, we read the book and watched a short animated version of Macbeth to understand the story.
On Thursday 24th of March, Year 5 and 6 were visited by a company called SPLATS who worked with us in groups to learn and rehearse an act from the play. We learnt how to project our voices, show expression on our faces and use body language to convey emotions. We enjoyed using and making props too.
In the afternoon, we performed our play to the rest of Key Stage Two who were impressed with how well we learnt our lines and how brave we were to perform in front of an audience.
Here is what some of us thought of our Macbeth day:
“I was able to do fun activities like acting, creating props and performing in front of an audience. It was fun to work with the Year 5 children. I loved seeing people’s reactions to our play.” – Karen Year 6
“It was fun to act out a story that we are studying in English. I enjoyed making the props, especially the helmets.” Harvey Year 6
[Written by Miss Trenchard]