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The RSC Project is well under way…

stratford photo 200On the 2nd Octo­ber, Mrs O’Shea, Mrs Gold­ing and I took a trip to Strat­ford Upon Avon to begin our train­ing with RSC Prac­ti­tion­ers, Miles Tandy and Rachel Gart­side. All extremely excited, we couldn’t wait to arrive at the RSC Clore learn­ing cen­tre early Fri­day morn­ing. The first play we looked at approach­ing was Love’s Labour’s Won(Much Ado About Noth­ing.) The active learn­ing strate­gies were great fun and we loved work­ing with the teach­ers from other Hub schools. On Fri­day evening, we were able to see the pre­view per­for­mance of Love’s Labour’s Won at the RSC The­atre which was set in War­wick­shire in 1918. It was a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance and by see­ing the play live, we devel­oped a much bet­ter under­stand­ing of char­ac­ters, plot and themes. Sat­ur­day morn­ing we begun with review­ing the play that we had seen and dis­cussing the moments we remem­bered, just as stu­dents would do. We then begun to look at ways of approach­ing Two Gen­tle­men of Verona, activ­i­ties included: cre­at­ing tableaus for key quo­ta­tions, lis­ten­ing to music to set the scene, chas­ing a dog around a table and explor­ing themes of the play.

We learnt so much in the two days with the RSC and all 3 of us are look­ing for­ward to imple­ment­ing these active approaches into all Eng­lish and Drama lessons so that stu­dents can really ben­e­fit from actively approach­ing Shakespeare’s work. We want all of our stu­dents to have as much fun as we did!
Look out! There’s lots of excit­ing things hap­pen­ing next month with the RSC Project:
• Our very own RSC project blog for teach­ers and stu­dents to share all of their expe­ri­ences with you.
• Mon­day 10th Novem­ber we have Miles Tandy from the RSC com­ing to give an INSET Day on The Tem­pest for our Eng­lish and Drama staff.
• Thurs­day 13th Novem­ber the whole of year 9 will be taken to the Mar­lowe The­atre to see Henry VI Part 1 ready for their study­ing of the play in Drama.
• Thurs­day 20th Novem­ber a live broad­cast of Two Gen­tle­man of Verona for our year 8 students.