Leeds City Museum

As part of our topic learning we visited Leeds City Museum to undertake an Ancient Greece workshop. The trip allowed us to learn more about this fascinating era of history and see some real artefacts from the time period.

Greek cooking

We were very lucky in 5RA to have Stathi’s mum come into our class to teach us some Greek cookery skills. We learnt how to make a Greek style cheese pie and tzatziki. We then tried our creations which were incredibly delicious. Thank you once again to Stathi’s mum for taking the time to come and teach us.


The story of Persephone

We were very lucky to have a woodwind trio come into out class today to perform for us. Through song and dance they helped us tell the story of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld. We learnt all about the different Greek gods associated with the story and about the different types of woodwind instruments.

The weird sisters come to life …

In our art lessons we produced masks of the grotesque witches. Firstly we designed the mask using felt tips, we thought about how we would exaggerate particular features to make them more disgusting. We then created the mask using cardboard and newspaper to create the contours. Finally we used mod rock to hold the shape and painted over our final design.

Macbeth’s curtain call!

As the curtain falls on our Macbeth performance I think now is the perfect time to reflect on the whole experience. It has been an absolute pleasure to see the children grow in confidence and show a real passion for one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays. They have allowed themselves to become immersed in Shakespeare and have demonstrated a real desire to learn more about the man himself and his universal plays.

The experience has allowed the children the opportunity to fully engage with a play many would deem too complex for children of their age, understand the reasons for characters dispositions and ultimately enable them to work like professional actors. That’s not say it has all been smooth sailing with several setbacks along the way. However, through perseverance, dedication and creativity they have demonstrated a tenacious passion for drama.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and staff alike for whom none of this would have been possible from helping them children learn their lines, supporting backstage and being flexible to accommodate our rehearsal schedule.

The children have undoubtedly produced a piece of work that stood up against their older peers and for that they should be truly proud.

Never shake, thy gory locks at me.

During our writing that focused on the banquet scene we discussed the feelings of some of the characters involved. We used a role on the wall to describe the way that Lady Macbeth felt on the inside and the perceptions the other characters had of her on the outside. We then wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Lady Macbeth. Areena wrote powerful entry that really encapsulated the anger of Lady Macbeth toward the bizarre actions of her husband.

Where the place? Upon the heath.

We looked at the part in the play where the witches reappear to offer further predictions to the now unhinged Macbeth. We thought about writing from the perspective of a crow flying above the scene. We discussed the need to use prepositions in our writing to demonstrate the position of each character. Chloe produced a brilliant piece that included some high level word choices.


Macbeth Company Workshop

We were lucky to be invited to the Carriageworks theatre to firstly look at the stage we will be performing on in a matter of weeks. However, the main purpose of the trip was to improve a scene that we have been  working on in class. We chose to focus on scene 9 in which the witches return to offer Macbeth further prophesies. During the course of the afternoon, we worked on our movements which really helped the progression and intensity of the scene.


What are these that look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth?

During our rehearsals for the first scene of Macbeth we looked closely at the witches. Firstly, we used art to help illustrate the witches’ grotesque appearance and then read different writer’s depiction of the witches to clarify new words that we could use in our own writing. This helped us to produce some excellent descriptions that allowed the characters to come to life. Niamh produced an excellent piece of work that really demonstrated the witches horrifying appearance.

Macbeth the warrior

During our initial introduction to Macbeth we learnt that before the play begins Macbeth and Banquo had been defending Scotland from the vicious attack of the Norwegian army. We then imagined that we were Macbeth or Banquo waiting to go into battle upon the barren heath. Kian produced a magnificent description of the battle that really captured the mood and detailed the characters feelings.