The English Department at Pent Valley honoured Shakespeare week in dramatic fashion last week. After a series of events during lessons, the team put on a free play in the school hall to mark the occasion for the students.
Through the week, English teachers adapted their lessons to include a variety of different aspects of Shakespeare’s life and times. On Wednesday they celebrated ‘music day’ using sound as a tool for learning and exploring music during Tudor times. During ‘magic day,’ the students learned about Elizabethan beliefs pertaining to the supernatural and elements of illusion. The students made Shakespeare spells to bring the writer back to life, using a variety of texts he has influenced as stimulus for the learning.
However the culmination of the celebration came on Friday where staff, dressed as Shakespearian characters, took to the stage to perform The Witch hunters. The event which took place at lunchtime saw a sell-out crowd from across all year groups take to the hall to witness the spectacle. Students from year 7 took part in the play, while a team of year 11 students helped with the lighting, costume and effects.
Head of English, Trevor Twohig said;
“We wanted to mark Shakespeare week with something special. We know some of our students may have never seen a play, so we thought it was important to give them an opportunity to learn in a more interesting and interactive way.”
The students too, had their say on the event afterwards. Megan Ryan, Year 11 said; “I really enjoyed it, it was nice of our teachers to do something different.”
Alex Wetherell Year 7 (who also took part) said;
“I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was great fun.”
The English Department are currently working on their next project in aid of the Year 11 prom this summer.