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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 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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