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A Year 5 Class Post

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

For the past two weeks, Year 5  have become experts in William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet.

Each member of the class has participated enthusiastically in the various drama activities as well as producing some insightful studies about the various main characters and events.

Children learn about the back story of Hamlet by taking part in a Whoosh! (A quick-fire engaging and interactive storytelling technique)

The children, as guards, marched down through the hall where they found themselves in a darkened room with a soundtrack of the wind whistling around them, creating an eerie and unsettling atmosphere. (Unfortunately, despite the continued attempts by Mr MacAdam, the smoke machine refused to work). Here, they encountered the ghost of the old king for the first time.

An introduction to the ghost of the old king on the battlements


The children have worked both collaboratively and independently in their writing. The class contributed to a soliloquy of Prince Hamlet, where he is having an internal discussion about whether or not he should kill King Claudius:

“I want to kill Claudius for murdering my father. But wait. I don’t want to kill him, because he is of my own family; yet I want to kill him with my knife. Oh, murderous demon, how dare you kill my father? Your own brother. You treacherous murderer.”

The class have enjoyed these sessions, and are looking forward to starting on Macbeth next week. “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes!”

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