Children in UK primary schools are to learn about Shakespeare through drama, cookery and sport lessons. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is planning a Shakespeare Week, saying it wants every child in Britain to understand the playwright’s legacy.
The week will take place between 17 and 23 March next year – the 450th anniversary of his birth. The trust, which oversees Shakespeare sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, will offer schools free lesson materials. It said these resources would give teachers ideas on how to educate children about Shakespeare in lessons ranging from drama and creative writing to cookery and sport.
The campaign has won the support of leading academics as well as actors and actresses such as Dame Judi Dench.
Dame Judi Dench said: “How splendid that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is taking the lead in encouraging children to celebrate Shakespeare’s great legacy. Shakespeare Week should become a great and joyous national festival.” Via Plans for special week of lessons on Shakespeare.