Murder, magic and madness – the murky themes of Macbeth were explored by children from two Patchway primary schools at a creative learning workshop.
Year 6 pupils from Coniston Primary School and Callicroft Primary School were invited to the Merlin Housing Society-sponsored workshop last week. The youngsters took part in games and exercises designed to explore some of the play’s issues in a fun and engaging way.
One pupil said:
“It was wicked! The masks helped us imagine the characters, the games were great fun and the witches’ scenes were really exciting – Shakespeare isn’t boring!”
Head Teacher at Coniston Primary School, Nigel Isaac, said:
“During the session, the pupils asked important questions about themselves, their motivations, ambitions and their role within their community.”
“They then took this back to the classroom to see where these issues fit into their wider citizenship and social studies. I believe the things they’ve learnt will have a significant impact on the pupils going forward.”
Merlin’s Community Investment Officer, Louisa Massey, said:
“Patchway is one of our key neighbourhoods. A lot of our residents live in the Coniston area, so we’re delighted when we can help fund worthwhile, educational and fun projects like these to enhance our community.”
The workshop was developed and delivered by a company called Contender Charlie, which uses the power of storytelling and mythology to enhance and inspire the creative learning of young people as well as their teachers.
Related link: Schools in Patchway (The Journal)