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SGCNZ PRIMARILY PLAYING WITH SHAKESPEARE

“Let your imaginary forces work!”

Aimed at young people from Years 1-8 and their teachers, this is a programme created to develop core skills as they embark on a journey of discovery.

Primarily Playing with Shakespeare is a vehicle for the students to experience the literary works of William Shakespeare through exploration of the text in a fun, imaginative and thematic way. It is also an opportunity for teachers of Year 1-8 students to explore their core curriculum through a new dramatic lens.

This programme is starting as a prototype in Wellington, to be replicated in other cities if and when desired.

Ania Upstill is assisting SGCNZ coordinate a joint performance by primary school students in the Wellington region of scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. These scenes will be performed at 1pm, Tuesday 4 November, Queen Margaret College, Wellington.

Information downloadable here.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Deadline for submission 28 July 2014.

There will be mentoring available to teachers involved in the project.

Goals:

  • To foster Shakespeare in primary and intermediate schools
  • To build capability which advances the learning of both teachers and students
  • To demystify Shakespeare and lift his words off the page in a tangible way
  • To encourage young people to recognise their skills, and use them with imagination and creativity in the classroom
  • To envisage and explore realms around Shakespeare’s plays and their characters
  • To use specific tools and techniques as a “way into” any part of the curriculum
  • To develop another fun physical way to teach and learn
  • To work towards young people performing Shakespeare-inspired scenes in Artsplash

Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Experience bringing text to life
  • Engage with literary techniques and figures of speech at an early age
  • Find ways they can explore text in a physical way
  • Gain confidence and skills in the use of language
  • Advance communication skills
  • Enhance reading and comprehension
  • Promote performance skills
  • Develop self-confidence and esteem

Teachers will be able to:

  • Advance their knowledge of Shakespeare’s text
  • Further develop the use of exercises and tools to encourage imagination in both student and self
  • Apply techniques which allow students to take the text off the page and bring it to life
  • Gain confidence and skill in analysing text
  • Discover other ways to utilise drama to teach any part of the core primary curriculum.

This is NOT a competition, simply a showing of work in progress.

SGCNZ is grateful to the Shirley Keesing Trust Bequest, the Wellington Regional Airport Award, New Zealand Post and  Wellington City Council Arts & Culture Fund for help to facilitate this programme.