English KS2 / KS3: 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare - (animation)
An animated version of William Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' in a retelling of the classic play set to modern music.
In the past Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his infant daughter Miranda were abandoned at sea when his wicked brother, Antonio, seized power.
Prospero and Miranda survived, landed on a remote island and have lived there alone ever since; apart from the spirit Ariel and the beast Caliban, who are Prospero’s servants.
Prospero has magic powers and uses these to raise a storm and trap his enemies on the island with him.
Among the shipwreck victims is Ferdinand, Prince of Naples; Prospero has plans for him and his daughter to marry and, when the young couple meet, they fall instantly in love and become engaged.
Prospero confronts his enemies and forgives them.
He gives up his magic powers and makes plans to set sail for home; to take up his rightful position.
Before he does so he frees Ariel; only Caliban is left behind.
This is from the series: Shakespeare in Shorts
Key Stage 2
This clip could be used as an introduction to the play, consolidation of key aspects or for revision of the plot and characters.
It could also provide a springboard for pupils to write their own modernised versions of this or another Shakespeare play perhaps using music or linked to developing artwork.
Key Stage 3
This clip could form the basis for some improvisation work by students or for learning and delivering sections of text.
It could also be used as a stimulus for creative writing tasks involving the inner thoughts of specific characters.
This clip will be suitable for teaching English at KS2 and KS3 in England, KS3 and English Literature GCSE in Wales, KS1, KS2 and KS3 in Northern Ireland and 2nd, 3rd and 4th level in Scotland.