To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Lower School pupils celebrated the life and works of The Bard.
Inspired by the magical story 'A Midsummer Night's dream' Key Stage 1 pupils have produced some beautiful artwork, creative writing and imaginative role play. In Reception the girls have been planning a wedding and pretending to be mischievous little fairies, creating their own rhyming spells! They made sparkly wands and all the fairies gathered together to dance and make music outdoors.The girls in Year 1 wrote their own versions of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' describing magical potions and the ingredients they would need. They also created beautiful fairy figures with glittery wings for our display. Year 2 explored the artwork of Gustav Klimt, designing jewelled trees to create a magical forest. They have been learning about the particular characters of the play and writing detailed character profiles. Girls from all three classes worked together with Mrs Howell using a range of different media and learning new techniques to create an effective backdrop for our loggia display.
Key Stage 2 girls have enjoyed three days of immersion into Shakespeare's plays to round off the Spring Term. Year 3 became familiar with the antics of the sprite Ariel, the tortured Caliban, Prospero and his shipwrecked crew through their exploration of the stormy waters of The Tempest. They enjoyed designing their own islands and making bird masks. Year 4 enjoyed creating puppets of the main characters of their play, Twelfth Night while untangling the complex love story. Anyone who ventured out into our own Birnam Wood on Monday may have been alarmed to find Year 5 transformed into witches and stirring up 'toil and trouble', while foretelling the destiny of Macbeth. They also created storyboards and terrifying masks.In Year 6 the girls explored the tale of woe that is Romeo and Juliet through the themes of Feud, Love and Death; they created wonderful home-made books and built a giant model of Shakespeare's Globe, complete with audience, stage and actors!
The theme week has been a huge success and all the classes have learned a great deal through drama, creativity and Shakespeare's wonderful plays. It has been a delight to watch the girls work with imagination and independence.