KS2 English: The Tempest - Episode 1
This is a tale of wizards, magic, murder and monsters.
It takes place long ago on an island with no name.
Prospero and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live in an cave on the Island, but they weren't born there. Twelve years ago they were cast out to sea in a boat full of holes.
They were meant to die, but who would want to murder them..?
It so happens that the people responsible are on a ship sailing past the island on their way home to Italy.
Prospero intends to teach them a lesson by way of punishment.
He calls on Ariel - his helper sprite - and conjures up a storm so tempestuous it will change all their lives forever.
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.