Shakespeare Week

We are in the middle of Shakespeare Week! I don’t think it could have come at a better time; with many of us staying in our homes thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, some William Shakespeare is very welcome!

If you want to find out more about Shakespeare Week and the wonderful things it does for schools and families, read on and check out the links to see how you and your family can take part.

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Do you remember what it was like at school when you were told that you were going to be reading Shakespeare? I do. Regretfully, I was one of those kids who were more likely to skip class than read Romeo and Juliet with fellow snotty-nosed, disinterested pupils. How silly I was.

Shakespeare is a literary hero. His words have lasted hundreds of years already and will last thousands more. But, you know what school kids are like, “Why should I care?”. This is where Shakespeare week has stepped in!

Shakespeare Week is an annual national celebration of William Shakespeare. It introduces his works to primary school children in a fun and relatable way, encouraging fancy dress and activities. There are events and workshops held around the country, and teachers are offered access to free and engaging curricular material. All with the intention that when these kids do become teenagers and they hear the name “Shakespeare” they won’t run a mile.

It saddens me that I wasn’t prepared to give our William Shakespeare a chance when I was younger, but I feel like I have certainly made up for this sin in adulthood! Not only is Shakespeare an important part of literary history, but there is so much that we can learn from him!

“Now is the winter of our discontent”

– William Shakespeare

Since Coronavirus has many of us confined to our homes, it is the perfect opportunity to get your kids together and learn about good old Shakespeare! Take a look at the Shakespeare Week website, they have a page dedicated to family activities at home – here!

If you are looking for more activities to keep you busy during this time, have a go at some of my writing prompts – here!

 

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