On Thursday 30th March 2017, parents, carers and children from Year 3 were treated to a detailed and dramatic assembly on the life and work of William Shakespeare.
This delightful production brought together all the learning done by Y5 for Shakespeare week, during which children had enjoyed investigating this famous writer’s work and learning about life in Elizabethan England.
The assembly began with Shakespeare’s biography, followed by an overview of his many achievements as a playwright and poet.
Children then performed the witches’ scene from Macbeth – brought up-to-date with a rap! – to explain Macbeth’s fears after meeting the supernatural troublemakers.
We then heard both prologue and conclusion from Romeo and Juliet, between which the children treated the audience to a moving song about the tragic ending of the play.
Children then shared their learning of Sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day, after which we heard the fantastic ‘translation’ of the poem into contemporary English by Misbah, which begins with these lines:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
You’re warm and better than summer
Because in summer there are strong winds.
The contract of summer is too short
The sun is really hot
And often the sun’s light dims…
As well as working on Shakespeare’s own sonnets, the children used the intricacies of the form in order to create their own poems.
The delighted audience burst into applause after hearing these versions read aloud, impressed with each poets’ mastery of the tight rhyming scheme and use of iambic pentameter.
The show drew to an end as the children explained how the English language is full of words and phrases composed by The Bard, and culminated in an energetic tour of The Bard’s most recognisable lines.
Through their careful reading, inspired writing, exciting performance and moving songs, the y5 children impressed the whole audience with their enthusiasm for this great English writer.