English KS2: Who was William Shakespeare?

Newsround presenters Leah and Ricky Boleto visit Shakespeare's birth place Stratford-upon-Avon and go to London to see scenes from his plays at Shakespeare's Globe.

We see extracts from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet and hear from experts Michael Rosen, Dr Paul Edmondson, Professor Carol Tutter and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper.

This short film is from the BBC series i.am.Will Shakespeare.

Teacher Notes

Could be used as an introduction to the life and work of William Shakespeare and could be used in a cross curricular way.

Children could be encouraged to explore the Tudor period and discover more about what it was like to be a child during this time and what a Tudor school would have been like.

Children could also work together to write a short play as suggested in the clip.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English at KS2 in England and Wales, KS1/KS2 in Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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Introducing 'Romeo and Juliet'
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Shakespeare's theatre
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Shakespeare's World
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