English KS2: Shakespeare's World

We discover that Shakespeare was born into an age of exploration; but they were dangerous times, too.

Even though the world was becoming smaller, people still believed in old superstitions, and that Shakespeare was able to take witches, ghosts, spirits and the concept of Destiny and weave them into something special – plays that were enjoyed by everyone, rich or poor.

The clip features 'Macbeth', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.

This clip is from the series i.am.Will Shakespeare.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could investigate what people believed in when Shakespeare was alive.

Or they could explore the discoveries that were made by explorers like Sir Francis Drake on his ship the Golden Hind.

With the discoveries they make they could write their own play.

Pupils could also come up with a spell like that of the three witches in Macbeth.

Can they make a list of ingredients they would put into the cauldron and turn it into a poem like Shakespeare did?"

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.

More from i.am.Will Shakespeare

Who was William Shakespeare?
Introducing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Introducing 'Romeo and Juliet'
Shakespeare's theatre