The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering a large number of free Shakespeare-related resources to students currently learning at home, and to teachers looking to create lesson plans to deliver online. Amongst the resources are celebrated author, Michael Morpurgo’s Tales from Shakespeare, fresh retellings of six of Shakespeare’s timeless stories. They are free for UK schools, with a new Tale being available on demand at 10am every Friday until 5 February.

Other online content includes RSC Activity Toolkits, focussing on six of Shakespeare’s most studied plays.  The toolkits have been designed specifically for home learning, with short 15-minute tasks that can be completed by students at home, or set as part of a remote lesson.  With supporting videos from RSC actors, the toolkits will take students deeper into the world of each play.  Actors, including Niamh Cusack, Paapa Essiedu and David Tennant have also created video responses to questions sent in from students as part of Homework Help.

All resources – a list of which is below – are accessible via the Education section of the RSC website:

Jacqui O’Hanlon, RSC Director of Education, said:

“We know that this next phase of national lockdown is incredibly challenging for students, teachers and families. It can also be isolating and demotivating for many young people. So as children and families adjust to their new virtual classrooms we have created a range of different resources designed to stimulate their creativity and imagination, and support their wellbeing.

“Members of our acting company have developed activity toolkits that set challenges for students to complete on well-known plays, from creating plot storyboards to designing sets to performing key speeches and scenes.  Our Shakespeare Learning Zone contains lots of interactive games and quizzes for students to enjoy as well as video content featuring RSC actors performing scenes and speeches, and talking about their approach to playing different characters. Michael Morpurgo’s Tales from Shakespeare are free to schools in the UK, with a new tale being released every Friday at 10am until 5 February.  Schools can sign up to register and the content is available on demand for teachers and students, at home or in school, for 3 months.”

Find out more here. 

Main Image: LPN Year 3 Rehearsal Workshops Crossflatts Primary(c) RSC. Photo by Rob Freeman

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