Kids across Hackney prepare for secondary school with drama

Shakespeare's Globe workshops at Morningside Primary School,

Shakespeare's Globe workshops at Morningside Primary School, - Credit: Archant

A range of projects specially designed for Hackney pupils have taken place in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. More than 100 Year 6 students from Berger Primary and Morningside Primary schools, as well as almost 600 Year 7 students from City Academy and Stoke Newington Secondary School took part in sessions, called Dare to Play, at their schools and at the Globe theatre on London’s Bankside.

Shakespeare's Globe workshops at Morningside Primary School,

Shakespeare's Globe workshops at Morningside Primary School, - Credit: Archant

Actors invited the students to explore Shakespeare’s language and perform select lines from the playwright’s works.

The projects were devised by Globe Education and Hackney Learning Trust, using Shakespeare to encourage students to work collaboratively and emotionally prepare for the transition between primary and secondary school.

Georghia Ellinas, head of learning at Globe Education, said: “This exciting project has strengthened the pastoral and academic bridge from Year 6 to Year 7 and through the exploration of the themes of change and friendship in the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the fears of going to a new school and of studying Shakespeare are significantly diminished.”


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