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Shakespeare KS2 – The Tempest unit for English

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Years 3-6


A wonderful story full of magic and excitement, The Tempest deals with themes of revenge and forgiveness, power and responsibility. It even has a comedy subplot. What more could you ask for as a Shakespeare KS2 introduction?

This download contains a plan for teaching The Tempest (of approximately three weeks duration) with explanatory notes.

Shakespeare KS2 unit objectives

Over the course of the unit you’ll give pupils many opportunities to:

  • Develop positive attitudes to reading by increasing their familiarity with fiction from the English literary heritage
  • Prepare play scripts to read aloud and perform, using appropriate intonation and volume so that the meaning is clear
  • Discuss and summarise main ideas and identify key supporting details
  • Discuss how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • Participate in conversations about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • Plan, draft, write, edit and evaluate written work to produce outcomes of a high standard
  • Identify the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form for their own writing
  • Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning

James Clements is an independent English adviser. Browse more resources for Shakespeare Week in March.

Shakespeare KS2 Tempest unit
Shakespeare KS2 – The Tempest unit for English

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