It’s the end of the term and the end of Macbeth! We’ve worked extremely hard to produce high-quality news reports based on the battle at the end of the play. Our news reports needed to include the following features:
- a catchy headline and informative sub-heading
- an opening paragraph including the 5Ws (who, what, when, where and why)
- a recount of important events written in the past tense
- quotes (written in both direct speech and reported speech)
- use of formal language for the report with contrasting informal language for the direct quotes
- use of the passive voice
- a closing paragraph (written in the present or future tense) to bring things up to date
Here are a few examples for you to enjoy:
In groups, we wrote witches’ spells in the same style as the one in Macbeth. Not only did we have to think of disgusting ingredients to put in our spell, we also had to use rhyming couplets and a repeating verse.
Here are some examples:
In PE, we were given a challenge: we had to master the triangle dance! This involved us working co-operatively together and supporting one another. However, there were varying degrees of success at the dance (which can be seen by the video clips below.)
We have been working hard with our Shakespeare topic of Macbeth and examples of our marvellous work is on display inside and outside the classroom.
As well as making witch masks, we have created effective silhouette pictures using water colours. We have also learnt how to draw portraits and we were very pleased with our finished portraits of William Shakespeare. In Literacy, we have written detailed letters to Lady Macbeth from Macbeth which have been produced on stained paper to make them look authentic.
This week, we are finishing our diary entries (from either Macbeth’s or Lady Macbeth’s point of view) and we will also be writing detailed instructions on how to make a witch mask.
After lots of hard work and patience, we have finally finished our witch masks. They look amazing!
This week, we performed our play scripts to the rest of the class and to the camera. We had to focus on intonation, tone and volume. Everyone rose to the challenge; even those who, to begin with, felt a bit nervous about performing.
A great start to our new topic. We have read abridged versions of Act 1, Scenes 1 to 3 and are becoming more familiar with Shakespearean language. After role-playing what we thought Macbeth and Banquo might say to each other after first meeting the witches, we wrote a play script for this part of the play, which we will perform to the class next week. We have also started making our witch masks using papier mache which was pretty messy but great fun.
Our new topic is: ‘Shakespeare: the greatest author from the past?’ We will be studying Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. There will be many opportunities for drama and we will be making witches’ masks which will be used to support the drama. There is a large focus on improving our writing skills this half term and we will be writing for different purposes and audiences.
Here is our topic map.
Some of our class members have been working with Mr Keeling to make a model of a Greek trireme. The finished result looks fantastic.