KS2 English: The Tempest - Episode 3

The survivors of the shipwreck crawl onto the beach.

Prospero surveys all from the secrecy of his invisibility cloak.

First he inspects the courtiers, who have been washed up together on one beach.

They're all throughly miserable and bickering about who should be in charge.

King Alonso is particularly upset - he thinks his son, Ferdinand, has perished in the storm.

Then Ariel shows Prospero two more of the passengers - Trinculo and Stephano - who have been washed up together on another part of the island.

Trinculo is a jester and Stephano his friend.

Finally Ariel shows Prospero Ferdinand, who hasn't drowned, but who is feeling upset because he assumes the other passengers - including his father - have.

Prospero's plan is coming together nicely...

Teacher Notes

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.

Curriculum Notes

This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at Second Level in Scotland.

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Episode 5 - Barracuda
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