Without leaving the King’s St Alban’s Chapel, Scotland was the destination for our Year 4 pupils this earlier this week when they participated in an active storytelling approach to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Kick starting the exciting experience, pupils began by building the setting with the sights and sounds of life on the heath that lay between High Dunsinane Castle and Great Birnam Wood. Sound effects for the weather and local animals gave way to words from the three weird sisters. The children read the words the witches uttered to Macbeth and Banquo and considered the implications of the prophecies. Gradually, as more information was revealed, they began to realise that they were in the midst of a ‘whodunnit’ thriller, which ends with the revelation of the King’s murder and a reminder of the witches’ prophecy: ‘All hail, Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter.’
A Year 4 pupil commented, “All of our class had the most fun, exploring Shakespeare’s Macbeth – I never thought Shakespeare could be so interesting! There was a lot of laughing and excitement. I am looking forward to discovering what part two of the workshop has in store next week.”
Another enthused, “Wow, Shakespeare is really interesting; I can’t wait to find out more! I love imagining the characters.”
Next week, they will participate in part two of the workshop, in which the murderer(s) are unmasked, and the end result is revealed. The children were very excited and more than happy to throw themselves into the action. They will also produce some written work based on the story so far. Previous examples of work of this sort have proved outstanding.
Well done to all of the Year 4 pupils involved – you really did embrace with the content of the workshop, ensuring that you got the most out of it!