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Macbeth – resources: a hoard/horde

horde [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

A large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.

hoard [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

Supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.

One of the joys of teaching year 6 is teaching Shakespeare – it can be taught earlier (I’ve taught the Witches’ Spell in Y3 along with meter and rhyming couplets) and I know that my secondary colleagues love to teach some of the meatier texts in real depth. The last time I was in six, I taught Shakespeare, and predominantly Macbeth, as an extended topic. I have included some of the resources and planning below. It’s always difficult using somebody else’s plans and templates but it may give you an idea.

As ever, use & abuse, just leave a comment if it’s been useful (or not).

Macben.

The first 6 docs are planning sheets. The final 5 are PDFs which are available as Publisher docs if you want them. Check the links at the bottom too. 

05-02-13 poetry and reading test

07-01-13 dvd and summary

14-01-13 letter lady

21-01-13 instructions

25-02-13 & 04-03-13 death of duncan

28-01-13 battle on the heath

Battle Upon the Heath teacher version

Battle Upon The Heath titles

Caliban’s Cave

Jury sheet for death of duncan

Letter_of_Persuasion_word_bank

Literacy outline ofsted 06-02-13

macbeth character bio

Macbeth Descriptive Writing

Macbeth Summary

Summary of Macbeth

witches’ brew instructions

witches ingredients

witches’ poem translated

witches’ poem

witches poems v2&3 editing

Caliban’s Cave

macbeth comic strips

macbeth masks

shakespeare cover

toptrumps cards

See also: Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan – a debate

Y6 blog – various

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Literacy, Thoughts & Musings

 

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Macbeth: The Making of a Monster V

Well, today we had the first rehearsal after our half-term break. It was ok. If we had several weeks before our performance, I would be feeling nervous about completing it in time but confident we had a spell-binding show on our hands.

We don’t have several weeks!

We have 19 days!

I am not normally a man prone to panic; I feel comfortable that I can deal with most situations but the slow, creeping dread of dress rehearsal day (16 days away) looms near and shows me that we are not going to be ready…

Just to add a couple of other variants into the mix, we have three days out for our French residential and a couple of days worth of transition (by a couple, I of course mean 4 or 5). There is also sports day (Olympic-themed of course) and many other mini-things that all eat away at our all ready over-crowded and rapidly-diminishing timetable.

Having said all that, I feel good. We have a talented cast and once the make-up is applied, the blood is made and the lights are on… we will have a show.

By the pricking of my thumbs… something hectic this way comes.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Literacy, Thoughts & Musings

 

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Macbeth: the Making of a Monster IV

Just a quickie this time… click the LINK and go see the Witches.

‘…those black and secret, midnight hags!’

 
 

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Macbeth: The Making of a Monster III

As if my already frazzled mind doesn’t have enough to cope with, I decide to get involved with lights. I mean, what I know about lighting rigs is probably not worth knowing, right?

 

It comes to me an hour before I’m to leave for half-term that the old and dusty rig we currently have (3 redundant spots facing the wrong direction) is to be replaced in our week’s break. Good news, I hear you say. You’d be right, constant blogger, for this year’s Monster, a decent lighting rig is going to add all the ambience and shadows we need. It will turn our Macbeth, Banquo and Macduff into the eerie, terrifying creatures they are, and as for the Wyrd Sisters…

 

I know nothing about spotlights, apart from that I’d like different gels (colour plates, for the uninitiated) and a dimmer switch for each. Apparently, that turns the job into a mega operation. What do I know, I struggle with re-wiring a plug! So, why was I =desperately scrabbling around with our brilliant site manager and fantastic bursar to negotiate a deal for said lights? Because I know it’ll be worth it. And here’s me thinking the director’s role was just yelling at the children: “louder, faster, more intense…” Hmm, perhaps not.

 

Lights (with new positions, gels and a dimmer please), camera, action…

 
 

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Macbeth: The Making of a Monster II

Half-term is here, phew, time to breathe a sigh of relief. Thank goodness, one more block to go… Not so for me, constant blogger. For me, the end of this half-term simply means we are closer to the end, which means closer to unleashing the monster. A monster that is by no means even remotely tamed and ready for the summer!

 

Since last you read, both auditions have taken place and casting is set. Sure, there may have been a few upsets with children not getting the role they initially desired but now, they are up for the challenge – which is good, because a challenge it will most certainly be.

 

We get back after half-term on the 11th June to a frantic, transition-filled week (we feed to 12 different schools this year) and final preparations for our residential (we head for northern France on the Thursday). We get back on the Monday of the following week for more mayhem involving sports day prep (there’s that other big event in London this year…) more transition and the occasional game of rounders whilst we try to fit in much-needed rehearsal times.

 

I figure, we have 16 days (!) before the big unveiling and a mere 13 or so before our first dress rehearsal. That’s right, 13 days before a group of eleven-year olds and a frazzled teacher attempt to put on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, arguably one of his most challenging and iconic plays.

 

Easy.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Thoughts & Musings

 

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Macbeth: The Making of a Monster

So, summer term is here and with it come all the trappings of madness, mayhem, musicals, moving on and… monsters. Last year, Team Six put on a show-stopping performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Admittedly, it was the S4K’s version, but, nevertheless it was still a monumental challenge for our 11-year-olds to step up to.

 

Some junior schools do touch upon Shakespeare in year six (some earlier) and they may embrace Romeo & Juliet, flirt with AMSND or get dark and moody with Macbeth – we did all three. And The Tempest too. Our children loved it, they found the language difficult (who doesn’t?) but they adored the characters; they found the plots, the twists, the tragedies and the imagery totally spellbinding. So, I foolishly (after seeing a live version of it in Wolverhampton with the children) decided that AMSND would be our end-of-year performance. What a stroke of genius/madness that turned out to be. Despite the exhausting nature of putting on performance, the visit from our friends, transition, leavers’ discos/ball/prizegivings et al, it was still a thrill to see these young children tackle Shakespeare and to do it so well.

 

I cannot take all the credit, to do so would be a dis-service to the team. It was a whole team effort and nobody takes more credit than the children themselves – they were astonishing. The songs, costumes, acting and general performance left parents in tears of joy, sadness and amazement.

 

How then do we top last year’s? What to do to continue in the wake of such a marvellous production? I did toy with the idea of putting on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – I’ve done it before and that too was excellent. But, after a short discussion and with this year group in mind, we settled for the metaphorical monster that is Macbeth.

 

We have a smaller cohort than last year (60:75) and there is a serious lack of girlpower but, Macbeth it is. Auditions begin this Friday with some of the team watching out for who has the deceitful powers of Lady Macbeth, the raw strength and poise of Macduff amd the ability to twist and turn in the skin of the titular role.

 

So hold on, buckle up and check in. This summer term is going to be a monster of a ride.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Literacy, Thoughts & Musings

 

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Tweetable links and goodies.

Have recently prepped a load of my (and @batttuk’s) more popular links into a ‘tweetable’ form. Lots of good stuff here – not all mine. Take a look.

My TMMidlands presentation – Ben’s Google Tools: Boogle #ukedchat http://bit.ly/1eYOwkF

GTAUK: food for thought and stomach http://bit.ly/19XmeFK

#esafety poster idea (used in anti-bullying week) http://bit.ly/1gRxb2F #ukedchat

Maths: layered learning – an Ofsted like. http://bit.ly/1byjSy1 #ukedchat

#Y3 #tagrugby plans http://bit.ly/1gXqRaZ
#ukedchat

Macbeth resources: a veritable hoard/horde http://bit.ly/1eR7yzq #Y6 #shakespeare #ukedchat

Positive behaviour card http://bit.ly/19mcipF #ukedchat

Circuit training cards with Action Man
http://bit.ly/16UMphw #ukedchat #pe

#Y6 spellings: a collection to use & abuse http://bit.ly/1dgdsW7 #ukedchat

Maths & writing marking policy – a step in the right direction? http://bit.ly/193Mmi0 #ukedchat

Punctuation tally stickers – very useful. Levels 3,4 & 5 http://bit.ly/1fSi0jZ #ukedchat

ICT AUP – acceptable use policy http://bit.ly/19R7f2a #ukedchat

Level 6 grammar resources (not mine – just passing them on) http://bit.ly/1cDplcU #ukedchat

Alice in Numberland – a large problem-solving pack. Can be tailored to suit. http://bit.ly/1kDMPB3 #ukedchat

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan? http://wp.me/p14oAb-g9 #shakespeare

Adverbial phrases homework http://wp.me/p14oAb-eF #ukedchat

#esafety presentation to parents http://bit.ly/1leM3Yu

Shoved-in-clauses: embedded clauses, a festive take… http://bit.ly/1ec9TPz

Want 20gb of FREE cloud space? A couple of clicks and you’ll be there. COPY is fab. https://copy.com?r=MvTLGC

Using twitter in education. http://wp.me/p31ZCF-6a @ianaddison @ideas_factory

Surviving an EBD school via @njthurly http://wp.me/p31ZCF-5B #ukedchat

Twitter Magic – guest post by @ICTMagic http://bit.ly/1ak4kza

#batttie by @johnmayo http://bit.ly/1ak4kza

#battt week guest posts – old but still great to read. #inspiration http://bit.ly/128DNmx

10 ways to use twitter – a helpful guide. http://bit.ly/128DNmx #ukedchat

Twittering Tweachers @sorrell_km http://bit.ly/NIUpMP #ukedchat

School Twitter Account @basttuk http://bit.ly/Yx5MZQ #ukedchat #bastt

Twitter Tips from @syded06 @mracolley
http://bit.ly/14SQjVF #ukedchat #battt

What the # are hashtags? http://bit.ly/X5Cxg1 #ukedchat

The 10 stages of Twitter: stolen from @syded06 http://bit.ly/Y7gp0Q #ukedchat

Pimpin’ the profile – make yourself ‘followable’ http://bit.ly/X0kEzh #ukedchat #battt

Breaking out of the egg shell – show us who you are. http://bit.ly/UYDvfS #ukedchat #battt

 

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The art of busyness

I didn’t actually know that busyness was a real word – in fact, I’m still not overly convinced. I have little time to blog anymore (see my POST here), I have little time to do anything anymore. I am a working, church-going, human-climbing frame with too many fat fingers in too many fat pies.

I love being involved in different things, the more time-consuming projects I see being tweeted about or in the education circular on the staff room table, the more I want in. Ironically, the more chores that need completing at home, the less I want in. This is much to DW’s dismay.

It’s not strictly true that I get nothing done, I am just a person who is interested in many things. Always have been. I want to do it all and can’t. It’s quite simple – I am a husband and father (of three) and have a stressful and very busy job. I am hugely fortunate/blessed however, as I love my job (my family too, of course!) there are times when it is exhausting: physically and mentally, occasionally emotionally but I love it. See HERE. But, I get things done. DW is very patient with me and gives me the time I need and want to achieve my mammoth lists – she’s a good ‘un.

Amongst the trials and tribulations of being a distressed dad: bathtimes, sleeptimes and occasional days out, I am an assistant head at a school which is now in Special Measures – it’s no secret, the Ofsted report is out. Despite all this, I am still, perhaps foolishly taking on another monster project to end the year with. Last summer, we performed Shakespeare 4 Kidz version of Macbeth. It almost killed me. I was seeing daggers in my sleep, smoke machines at every turn and constantly had make-up or scripts littering my beloved tidy desk for several weeks. So, upon the sage advice from DW I thought about directing something smaller this summer. Something easier.

I thought again.

We are performing The Tempest, also by Shakespeare 4 Kidz.

It is going to be a stormy and hectic ride; alongside Y6/7 transition, reports, me leaving (I have a new job), countless data profiles to prepare for SLT, staff and governors and HMI popping in. All in 35 days!

I am extremely excited about it. True.

The sensible thing would be to take a relaxing week off, calm and chilled before the storm. So I decided to mark SATs reading papers too.

I don’t know is the answer to your questions. I just don’t know. Soz.

Tim Chester’s helpful book on ‘busyness‘ and how we should approach it.

busyness

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Family, Thoughts & Musings

 

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Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan?

I love a bit of Shakespeare. Even more so when I can see that a group of junior school children are equally lapping it up. To end last week, we had a debate: Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan?

We spent some time looking at persuasive language and how to structure a one-sided argument. We also looked at how to counter an argument; the vocabulary used and the way in which you could pick at your faults and negative aspects if you can then use them to strengthen your original case. The children already knew the story of Macbeth very well by now and used the Andrew Matthews’ Shakespeare stories as our text – very useful, even in KS3, I think.

After looking at the evidence, my group decided that four possible people were responsible: the meddling, deceitful wyrd sisters, the manipulative Lady Macbeth, the heroic-but-flawed Macbeth or the dopey guards…

They each had their own group (a 4-sided dice determined their fate) and they had to put together an argument for their ‘client’. They had two tasks: prove their client’s innocence and pin the blame/responsibility on someone else.

The TA took a small group of three to be the judge and jury. They had to listen to all the evidence before them (they were not allowed to take anything not heard into consideration – even though they knew it from the story) and had to listen to how persuasive they were too. Finally, behind closed doors, they made their decision.

This year, Lady Macbeth was found to be responsible. In previous years, it has been Macbeth himself and the Witches.

Such a fantastic few lessons, the children learnt so much, enjoyed it tremendously and were brilliant on the Friday.

There are a few photos of them in action HERE.

Related posts:

Macbeth: the making of a monster

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Literacy

 

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New Year: New Projects

A little late in coming but I’ve been busy with projects – some new, some recycled.

Coming soon:

The mini-enterprise project. Working with year sixes on aspects of running a mini-business. They have to work in teams, partners and individually to work through a series of tasks (like the Apprentice but without the firing). This has worked really well in all the years I’ve ran it and gives the children a chance to showcase skills they might not always get to use in the classroom. We always finish with an interview, where each one of them has to have an individual chat with two professionals: sometimes local business people, sometimes teachers loaned from other school, sometimes governors. This is a brilliant ending to the project and gives them an opportunity to grow in confidence, perfect before our summer performance. I also take them to Frankie & Benny’s as their treat.

Summer performance. End-of-year shows/productions/performances are an integral part of any year six and a sort of reward after the hard work and slog through the cold start of the year in preparation for SATs. In previous years, we have put on Shakespeare 4 Kidz versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (scroll down to see all posts on the link)- challenging indeed. When I tell people we are doing Shakespeare, they look at us in amazement and raise their eyebrows in disbelief/respect/prospect of exhaustion? This summer I am toying with either The Tempest or Romeo & Juliet – we will see.

Grammar Test. The lovingly-named #spagtest is coming this May and, after seeing the sample tests, have had a mild panic. It was going to be hard work ensuring our sixes achieved the levels they needed in maths and writing and now they have to sit this beastly, boring test too. I know they should know what’s in there, that’s no excuse, but it just seems so intense. I will be posting some of the resources I make on here, soon.

Chrome Books. So, after seeing a tweet stating that they were getting a load of Chrome Books on trial, I jumped on that digital bandwagon and our shipment are expected soon. I will be posting about what we get up to when they arrive. Am pretty excited, just hope our WiFi can cope with it.

Investors In Pupils. Our PSHE lead and learning mentor are working towards the IIP standard and as part of it, we are doing several different things, such as: children writing their own non-curriculum targets (I can tie my shoelaces, I will tidy my room once a week, I will bake my teacher a delicious cake etc); sharing what the school budget is for and how it works and giving them a class budget; instead of class rules, we have rights & responsibilities – works well; I also introduced jobs, nothing new, but if the children want to do a school-based job: tidying book shelves, toy monitor, audio-visual team, hall monitors, they have to apply for it. Application Form. We are just starting out on this but know that no school in Derby has the standard yet. Exciting.

ICT revamp. My biggest job this year has to be the complete overhaul of the ICT curriculum. I have burnt the QCA folder and scattered the ashes so am in mid-completion of the long term plan for ICT across KS2. I want it to incorporate the new skills that children have and make it relevant and engaging. I have used @ianaddison’s ictplanning.co.uk to help with this.

E-safety. Alongside the new ICT curriculum, I wanted to make children and parents aware of how important e-safety is. I am running a couple of events this year and am hoping that it is something that will have a real impact on all.

#batttuk. I am working alongside my not-so-twin-like wingman @mrlockyer on a project called battt – basically, we are aiming to get more teachers involved in twitter (bring a teacher to twitter), we know how useful twitter is and want other teachers to reap the benefits of the digital staffroom. We are presenting at the teachmeet following Bett 2013.

There is a load of other stuff, but this will do… for now.

BGW

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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Family, Thoughts & Musings

 

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