In 2016 the world will commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. The famous British playwright 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.
This special anniversary year is an ideal opportunity to visit his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and possibly see one of his plays performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, tour his birthplace and explore the place he called home. A special Birthday Celebrations weekend and parade will take place there on 23rd and 24th April 2016 There will also be an array of events taking place in London and across the world.
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. Our Primary Resources for April 2016 book list contains suitable Shakespeare titles. Available is an Usborne Shakespeare Stories book pack, a collection of seven of his best-loved plays, beautifully illustrated and retold for readers growing in confidence and ability. The Shakespeare Retold series contain six of his plays simply retold. The Short, Sharp, Shakespeare Stories allows children today to be as enthralled by Shakespeare’s tales as audiences were 400 years ago. Extraordinary Lives: William Shakespeare explores his life, from his marriages and plays through to where and how he gets his inspiration. A Practical Guide to Shakespeare for the Primary School is an essential resource for all primary teachers, trainee teachers and drama practitioners, offering guidance, insight and schemes of work for the study of Shakespeare through drama in the primary classroom.
At KS3, students should be reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. This includes 2 plays by Shakespeare. Our KS3 English Curriculum book list contains titles that students will enjoy. The Arden Shakespeare titles contain fresh insight into the work and world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and are very well received in schools. For your A level students, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.
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 the full range of his titles here.