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Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.
Be inspired by the life of William Shakespeare. Examine events in his life and think about what life would have been like in Tudor times. Learn about his most famous works and go on a virtual tour of the Globe Theatre. It’s party time - host a birthday party for Shakespeare and meet a surprise guest!
This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Examine Shakespeare’s life timeline, talk about key events and dramatise an event in his life.
What would life have been like for Shakespeare? Learn about Tudor life and explore the developments of life since Tudor times by sorting images from life then & now.
Watch clips about Shakespeare’s work and tour the Globe theatre. Children can celebrate their learning by hosting a birthday party for Shakespeare.
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