The RSC Toolkit for Primary Teachers
As a result of a grant from the Department for Education and to coincide with Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations on 23 April 2014, the new RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Primary Teachers has been sent to every state-maintained primary school in England.
Building on over 60 years of work by RSC Education, the toolkit promotes an active, 'playful' approach to Shakespeare's plays and uses practical techniques developed in the RSC's rehearsal rooms to help primary age children tune into the language, characters and stories. It is designed to support primary schools and teachers who want to develop their repertoire of Shakespeare teaching approaches.
Commenting on the Toolkit, one of the many resources created by RSC Education to support the teaching of Shakespeare, Jacqui O'Hanlon, Director of RSC Education, said:
“For over 60 years RSC Education has worked with teachers and young people all over the world. Our overwhelming experience has been that when we introduce primary age children to Shakespeare's work, they are more open to the language, characters and stories as they progress into secondary education.
Children are masters of play and by introducing Shakespeare in playful ways we can tap into their imaginations and ignite their curiosity about this extraordinary body of work. The toolkit is a practical guide to teaching Shakespeare in fun and stimulating ways. It is a vehicle for RSC Education to share everything we've learnt over the years with teachers so that many more young people can enjoy and be inspired by Shakespeare's work.”