WHAT WE DO

Since 2009, The Primary Shakespeare Company (PSC) has been sending theatre practitioners into London primary schools, investigating and performing Shakespeare's plays and language with teachers and their pupils. Our experience illustrates the positive impact that sustainable arts-based education has on children - on their attainment across the whole curriculum (especially in literacy), confidence and attitude to learning.

 

Each year we choose a different Shakespeare play around which to centre our work, which spans a term and culminates in public performances during our Shakespeare Festivals. Every participating school is responsible for one act of the play. We send our team of theatre practitioners into each school to devise and rehearse. Class teachers attend insets and training sessions to enable them to use the play across the curriculum, principally in Literacy, Maths, Science, Art and D&T.

Our work does not just present high quality arts programmes but also aims to influence decision makers to prioritise arts-based learning, to train practitioners - both teachers and drama professionals - and to ensure children improve their attainment through engaging with our programme.

We often refer to our work during the Shakespeare Festivals as a "stealth writing project". Using the drama work that we bring to the classroom, and allowing the children to have an immersive drama experience - inhabiting character and exploring the play from within - we feel that each child is better prepared and more able to write. We take away the fear of the blank page. Everything that we do is tailored toward engaging the children in their learning across the curriculum. Social skills develop, confidence soars, teamwork is embedded as they learn the works of a key cultural figure - William Shakespeare. The theatre professionals that we send into each school bring skills not only to the children but also to the teachers. Currently in teacher training, only one day is dedicated to drama, so many teachers are scared of using it as a teaching technique. The teacher training that we provide is seeking to slowly redress this balance. We want not only to prove its importance, but also to arm teachers with the requisite skills to be able to use it in their practise. Some of the schools that we have worked with over a 

number of years are changing the way they deliver their lessons as a direct result of working with us.

"Children who some may have had perceptions of 'low ability' were producing in depth sustained learning both at home and at school." 

 Deputy Head, Camden 

"Writing progress was excellent -- over half the class exceeded expectation (i.e. made 6 or more APS over the year) with an overall APS average gain of 4.8."

 Head, Westminster

CURRENT PROJECTS

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MAIN FESTIVAL PROJECT
OPERA PROJECT
FILM PROJECT
KEY STAGE 1 PROJECT
TEACHER TRAINING
SPECIAL SCHOOLS
WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS

MAIN FESTIVAL PROJECT

In this film we follow the children of Kentish Town Primary School as they embark on our Hamlet project, with contributions from Hugh Bonneville, Billie Piper and Adrian Lester.

HUGH & BILLIE TALK ABOUT THE FESTIVALS

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOUR SCHOOL...

All of the projects listed above are heavily subsidised by us, unfortunately this means we can only take on a certain amount of schools per year. However, we have some offers that are open to schools who are not working with us on the main programmes. These include..

DIGITAL RESOURCES

We are delighted to introduce you to the Romeo and Juliet Resource Pack!   Everything you need for an entire term's worth of teaching is here including....

      A special live action storytelling version of the play with Hugh Bonneville

       5 weeks of daily literacy plans

       weekly spelling, grammar and punctuation

       5 weeks of daily maths worksheets

       Art project

       Science JOURNEYS

       5 Music lessons

       Quizzes and Crosswords

                                        

The resource is divided into acts. Each act below has a section of the film, a quiz, 5 daily literacy plans and 5 maths worksheets . This means you can work your way through the play over a whole term and all the activities are designed for you to spend a week on each act. All plans are written by expert teachers and provide national curriculum links. There are separate pages for Art/DT, Music, Science and more. 

££50 per year£ £

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS

££150 per 2 hour workshop£ £

We can send a practitioner to your school for a session or for a day to run a 2hr interactive storytelling workshop on one of the plays listed below

ROMEO & JULIET

THE TEMPEST

MACBETH

TWELFTH NIGHT

HAMLET

JULIUS CAESAR

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

ROMEO & JULIET

THE WINTER'S TALE

The sessions are for a whole class (30 children per class) are tailored to KS1 or KS2 and are a great starting point for understanding the story from the inside out. The workshop is very active and whilst unlocking the story, also teaches some basic drama skills and games. The session will require use of your school hall space.

STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE

££390 per day£ £

We can send an amazing storyteller to your school who can perform the stories of any of the plays listed above. Audiences size can be up to 4 classes at a time, so it's possible for the whole school to see the show over the course of a day.

WHOLE SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE WEEK

££1600 per week£ £

The week begins with a day of storytelling performances for all your KS2 classes. Then two experienced practitioner/directors will do 45 min drama sessions for each class in your school (usually takes 2 days). We will also supply you with literacy/maths/art dt/ science plans for your class teachers to use in response to the play. Available plays are...

THE TEMPEST

MACBETH

JULIUS CAESAR

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

ROMEO & JULIET

THE WINTER'S TALE

TEACHER TRAINING

We are able to run whole staff inset training for your school, we come to you and over the course of one day we deliver a training package catering the the objectives your school has set out for the term. Traditionally these have included:

-Teaching an arts based curriculum

-Working with drama across the curriculum

-Creative curriculum

-Transforming writing through drama

-Drama ideas for a more creative approach to literacy

-Speaking & Listening

££900 full day staff inset (up to 60 staff)£ £

FILM TRAILER