KS2 topics: Shakespeare’s Birthday and International Astronomy Day

Shakespeare’s Birthday – baptised on 26th April

The famous British playwright William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on or near April 23rd 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was baptised a few days later on 26th April 1564 in Holy Trinity Church. His plays were performed for both Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, and he wrote around 40 plays and 154 sonnets.

At KS2, pupils are encouraged to read a wide range of books including fiction from our literary heritage. Shakespeare is studied by many students as part of their upper KS2 curriculum. They tend to really enjoy the quality of language used, as well as the word play, characters and twisty plots.

We have a wide range of Shakespeare’s plays available on RM Books and you can also differentiate by reading age so that all students can experience his work.

See a range of Shakespeare resources for Key Stage 2 here >>

International Astronomy Day – 25th April

Astronomy enables us to see the history of the universe – with our own eyes. International Astronomy Day is intended to encourage knowledge and understanding of the wonders of the universe and was started in 1973 by Doug Berger (president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California).

As part of the new Primary National Curriculum, at upper KS2 (year 5) pupils should be taught to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Students can immerse themselves in a wide range of topic books linked to astronomy. They can discover facts about the moon, sun, planets, comets, asteroids and meteors. There are some fantastic travel guides available and students can also discover space through craft.

See a range of astronomy resources for Key Stage 2 here >>

RM Books’ flexible rental options, with weekly rentals from only pence, makes it a cost-effective way to deliver topics based on the Primary National Curriculum, whether as whole-class-teaching resources for your interactive whiteboard or ebooks for students.

Our Primary resources for April can be seen here.

We hope that you enjoy these great resources.

Best wishes,


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