19th May, 2021

Birthplace Trust aims to inspire online with Shakespeare Lego and witches' spells

THE SHAKESPEARE Birthplace Trust (SBT) has compiled over 300 education resources to inspire home learners with the playwright’s works.

Developed by the trust’s education team, the resources offer imaginative ways for children to engage with the Bard – from building Lego Shakespeare and drawing a comic strip inspired by The Tempest, to creating a gruesome recipe for a witches spell from Macbeth and describing a scene from Romeo and Juliet in Juliet’s diary. There’s even a Shakespeare-style insult generator to provide entertainment during playtime.

All resources and activities – suitable for youngsters aged four to 14 – are available online including three-minute ‘Snappy Shakespeare’ plays and video tutorials. Budding chefs can also whip up delicious recipes Shakespeare would have eaten as a boy, such as Tudor bread and apple pancakes.

SBT courses development manager Dr Nick Walton said: “As a result of the global pandemic we’ve had to find new ways to bring Shakespeare to life for schools and learners while we’re unable to physically welcome them to our historic sites in Stratford.

“Our dedicated team continue to inspire children with Shakespeare’s stories and heritage by pulling together some choice recommendations from our popular classroom resources and fun activities online. We’re also developing new resources for Key Stage 3, 4 and A-level learners to support their home learning due to launch in the coming weeks.”

The trust – organisers of the annual national Shakespeare Week celebration in primary schools – will be taking its programme online this year. Running from March 15 to 21, this year’s Shakespeare Week will carry the theme of wellbeing, featuring an exciting programme of emotional wellbeing activities and online events inspired by his works.

The charity is dedicated to sharing Shakespeare’s works, life and times with the world while looking after the five Shakespeare family homes in Stratford. While its sites are temporarily closed, its income is at risk. Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk to support its work and to explore the learning resources.

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