On Monday afternoon year 6 were treated to a performance of Twelfth Night by the Young Shakespeare Theatre Company. The play was brought vividly to life, including the whole audience to rein-act scenes such as the storm which shipwrecks Viola and Sebastian and the party at Lady Olivia's house. The children were encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters throughout. It was a highly engaging and educational afternoon for all.
The children then used this performance as a stimulus to produce some descriptive writing about the storm scene. They were encouraged to use descriptive techniques (e.g. metaphors), vary their sentence openers, and use advanced punctuation and a range of sentence lengths in order to build tension.
Next week we will be studying another of Shakespeares famous plays, Macbeth.