This term we have been studying the Shakespeare play of Hamlet. We started the book with the question - should Hamlet avenge his father or not? To explore this issue, we created a conscience alley where the children considered the different viewpoints and reasons why Hamlet should / shouldn't avenge his father.
One of our activities involved creating silent movies; the children worked in small groups to narrate and perform sections of the text, each taking on the role of a different character. At the start of the session we spent time writing our S2S for a successful silent movie, focusing on our body language and facial expressions, to help us tell the story. Here are some pictures of our acting:
After all this acting we had so many questions to ask each of the characters. We created the Shakespeare Show (similar in theme to the Jeremy Kyle show) where we then spent time hot seating different characters to find out some answers to our questions. We set our classroom up to look like an interview panel and asked different children to take on the role of specific characters – the questions and answers given were really thoughtful and allowed us to find out more about each of the characters motives. Have a look below at our interview panel:
(From left to right: The Ghost of Polonius (special guest for our Shakespeare Show), Lady Ophelia, Hamlet, Claudius (King of Denmark), Lady Gertrude, Actors)
Sycamore’s Parent Open Afternoon
Thank you to all parents who were able to attend Sycamore’s Open Afternoon! We had an enjoyable time showing you all our work, from our books to drama, short dance pieces and comic strips. We hope that you learnt something! Here are some photos of the event: