KS2 English - The Tempest

Watch Shakespeare's play The Tempest animated in 8 video clips. A ship returning from Africa is caught in a ferocious storm. On a nearby island Prospero, once Duke of Milan, has plans for those on board...

The animation is accompanied by a Resource Pack full of activities and worksheets - many suitable for study at home as well as school.

Click here for the full film (all episodes combined).

Episode 1 - Rock the ship
Episode 2 - Set me free
Episode 3 - Full fathom five
Episode 4 - Toledo steel
Episode 5 - Barracuda
Episode 6 - Love song
Episode 7 - Spellbound
Episode 8 - Sea change


The episodes in this series provide various opportunities to meet KS2 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.

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

Series resources

Resource Pack
The Tempest: Meet the characters
Sequencing activity to print / download (pdf)