KS2 English: Macbeth - Episode 2
Macbeth and Banquo arrive at King Duncan's camp to relay the news of the victory. They are met by three nobles - Lennox, Ross and Angus - who tell Macbeth he is the new Thane of Cawdor.
The first of the Witches' prophecies has come true, leading Macbeth to speculate whether he will now somehow become king also. However, when King Duncan joins the nobles, he tells them he has decided to name his own son, Malcolm, heir to the throne.
Macbeth then leaves for his castle at Dunsinane in order to ready it for victory celebrations. He tells King Duncan that his wife, Lady Macbeth, will be delighted at the news of their coming.
This series provides various opportunities to meet Key Stage 2 National Curriculum requirements, including study of a significant author, reading techniques such as prediction, drawing inferences, clarification and summary; and drama and writing opportunities - including poetry performance, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, letter writing, newspaper article writing, poetry and play scripts.
It could be used as an introduction to the play, consolidation of key aspects or for revision of the plot and characters.
More detail on how to use this series, including detailed lesson plans, can be found in the Teacher's Notes PDF.
This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at Second Level in Scotland.