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Bringing Shakespeare to life for children at home

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust launches free online resources and activities for children during the national coronavirus lockdown

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity which cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, has compiled a suite of over 300 education resources and activities on its website to support teachers and inspire home learners with Shakespeare’s works during the national lockdown.

Developed by the Trust’s award-winning education team, the resources are in line with the national curriculum for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, offering fun and imaginative ways for children age 4 – 14 to engage with Shakespeare - 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 & Juliet in Juliet’s diary. There’s even a Shakespeare-style insult generator to provide entertainment during playtime.

All resources and activities are available free of charge and easily accessible online via www.shakespeare.org.uk/education/home-learning without the need to register. Many are presented as paperless resources for those without a printer at home, including three-minute Snappy Shakespeare plays and video tutorials. Budding little chefs can also whip up delicious recipes that Shakespeare would have eaten as a boy, such as Tudor bread and apple pancakes.

Dr Nick Walton, Shakespeare courses development manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “As a result of the global pandemic we’ve had to find new ways to bring Shakespeare to life for schools and learners whilst we’re unable to physically welcome them to our historic sites in Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, organisers of the annual national Shakespeare Week celebration in primary schools, will be taking its programme online this year. Running from 15-21 March, this year’s Shakespeare Week will carry the theme of Wellbeing, featuring an exciting programme of emotional wellbeing activities and online events inspired by Shakespeare’s works. Full details to be announced.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity dedicated to sharing Shakespeare’s works, life and times with the world. It relies on the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends for over 90% of its income to help conserve the priceless Shakespearian heritage in its care, and deliver inspiring educational experiences of Shakespeare for learners of all ages. While its sites are temporarily closed, its income is now at risk. To support its work in keeping Shakespeare’s legacy alive please see www.shakespeare.org.uk/support-us

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