KS2 English: The Tempest - Episode 5

Sebastian and Antonio step forward intending to kill King Alonso but Ariel whooshes down and wakes Gonzalo and, realising what's happening, he wakes the king.

A startled King Alonso asks Antonio and Sebastian why they have their knives drawn.

But, ever-cunning Antonio has an explanation, which the king and Gonzalo accept without question.

On the other side of the island, Prospero’s slave-monster, Caliban, meets up with comic duo Stephano and Trinculo, who have come ashore with a barrel of wine.

It’s not long before the barrel is empty and the intoxicated trio are planning to kill Prospero and take over the island.

Prospero, still in his invisibility cloak, sees it all...

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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