CPD Masterclass:
Exploring Shakespeare in Primary Schools

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Thursday 8th November 2018
18:00 to 20:00

RADA - central London

Join us for a free evening of CPD developing techniques to build confidence in exploring Shakespeare with primary school children.


How do you teach Shakespeare to primary school children? Our approach is all about getting the children excited about the stories, and bringing that narrative to life - the plays were written to be performed after all!

The ‘Exploring Shakespeare in Primary Schools’ Masterclass will equip teachers with the confidence, skills and drama techniques to investigate Shakespeare plays with children from Reception through to Year Six.


After introducing some of our team we will begin the Masterclass, led by our Creative Director Abi. From playing with Shakespeare’s stories to playing with his language, you will be guided through an active session discovering transferable games, activities and techniques to help immerse your children within the plays.

Over the past six years we have transformed six of Shakespeare’s most famous plays into age-appropriate adaptations for primary children to perform. Using examples from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, you will have an opportunity to learn some of the tricks and techniques used to make these classic stories accessible. Whether you’re after drama ideas as an end in itself or as a stimulus for your English lesson, the masterclass will give you the tools to make Shakespeare engaging and exciting for your class.

The Masterclass itself will last approximately an hour. Following this there will be a Q&A and discussion. We also invite you to stay for a glass of wine which is an opportunity to meet other teachers and pick the brains of our team!


Attendees will come away with:

  • A set of tools for approaching Shakespeare with primary school children

  • Confidence in leading Shakespeare activities

  • Knowledge of how to use drama activities as a stimulus for cross-curricular activity (such as PE or creative writing)

  • A resource pack containing handy notes about what was covered in the Masterclass

  • A certificate of completion

Practical information:


The Masterclass is free but we do require you to book a place, which you can do by clicking here.

The Masterclass will take place at RADA in the training suite.

18-22 Chenies Street,

Doors will open at 17:50.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please call Katie on 020 7395 7520.

You can also email office@westendinschools.org.uk.