Tuesday 17th March, 2015.
This morning Lilac class wowed an audience of parents, teachers, and children with their magnificent performance of Macbeth. Lilac chose to base their performance around the Macbeth rap by Flocabulary, an educational group of hip hop artists and rappers who make learning even more fun. You can watch the original Flocabulary rap here.
Lilac began studying Macbeth in January and their enthusiasm was fired up after a inspiring visit to The Globe Theatre in London. During their visit they completed a drama workshop and considered how the characters might be feeling, and how the witches might spew forth their spell. They also thought about Lady Macbeth’s troubled state of mind as she scrubbed her hands and pleaded, “Out damned spot. Out I say!” Lilac class performed both those moments with great gusto.
During the visit to The Globe theatre Lilac graced the world-famous stage and delivered a few of the great lines from Macbeth. All this in preparation for performing for us today!
Shakespeare’s language could have been a challenge for Y5 and Y6 children, but Miss Maltby brought the story to life through creative lesson planning. A highlight was when the children arrived at school one morning to discover that a murder had taken place in Glamis Castle (formerly known as the school hall). Lilac examined the murder scenes for clues and were able to cross examine the guards, Banquo, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth for further clues. This allowed them to build a chronological timeline of the events leading up to the various murders in the play (as well as thinking about chronological order and doing some extended writing!). The medical report used in Lilac’s performance was just part of the work generated by this incredible lesson.
Lilac’s Macbeth was performed during Shakespeare week. The play got off to a dramatic start with Macbeth slaying Irish invaders. Lilac class had thought about how Macbeth might feel about returning victoriously from battle and had written their own letters to Lady Macbeth.
Some of the letters went in to great, gory detail. See an example of the letter which was used during Lilac’s Macbeth on the right.
‘Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble’ is the beginning of a powerful spell cast by the witches to predict Macbeth’s future.
It is great fun to imagine yourself as a ‘strange sister’, or a witch, on the dark heath, casting up great images that would shape Macbeth’s future actions. This really captured Lilac’s imaginations and the children re-wrote the spell in their own words. You will have heard one of the children’s re-written (and much improved!) version of this spell during the performance.
Lilac explored different genres of writing and their own writing styles by writing their own news reports. They delivered the reports with appropriate gravitas during their performance.
All of Lilac class worked hard to contribute to this performance, and the on stage action was enhanced by a slide show put together by one of the children.
Congratulations to Lilac class, Miss Maltby and Mrs Polley for such a brilliant and entertaining performance. It was wonderful to see how inspired Lilac has been throughout their learning journey and the incredible work they have produced.