We learnt a dance today with two parts. One of the parts was dancing as Titania's fairies and it ended with them sleeping in their flowery bower. The second part was the role of Puck, Oberon's servant and helper. This part required moving with stealth, creeping around carefully to sneak up on Titania and the fairies. They used the juice of a special flower they picked to squeeze on the the fairies sleeping eyes. This would cast the spell over Titania. The children learned both parts and then chose the role they wanted to play to tell the story and here is the final performance!
Today the children heard the Midsummer Night's dream story. They were particularly interested in part of the story where Puck casts a spell of Titania the queen of fairies. We thought about what we would like to do if we had a spell to cast. We wrote these down and there were lots of interesting ideas including turn a box into lots of lego and turning a dad into a cat!
We then made our own potions, like Puck makes in the story with the juice of a special flower. There were claws of dragons, slime of toads and a hair of a princesses that went in to make the weird and wonderful potions!
Today the children were in mixed groups with children from the whole school. They took part in activities relating to Shakespeare including an art session with chalk, a DT session making a 3D Globe Theatre and Tudor costumes, a history session, a drama session learning Shakespearean insults, an Elizabethan dance session and a Tudor music session.
The children thoroughly enjoyed it and particularly enjoyed making friends with some children from key stage two!
We wrote Shakespeare some questions we would like to find out the answer to. Miss Vaughan then pretended to be Shakespeare (as we learnt that he was no longer alive) and answered them. One answer we were really interested in was to Evie's question- she wondered if Shakespeare had any animals? We learnt that he had one and 'axolotl' (if you google it you'll understand why this stirred up so much interest!). We also found out that Shakespeare liked football too, just like some children in our class.
Here's a video of us running a lap of the sport relief mile! The children did brilliantly and we all made it round (including Miss Vaughan)!