What is the most effective way of introducing Shakespeare at Key Stage 3?

This is what teachers said…

A recent survey of both classroom teachers and heads of English in secondary schools revealed a huge diversity of opinion as to what is the best way to introduce Shakespeare to pupils and students for the first time.

Indeed many of the teachers who responded had evolved their own unique approach, so while some went straight to the Shakespeare text others started with viewing the play on film, some used a dramatic exploration of certain scenes, and others used a comic style presentation by way of introduction.

What was particularly interesting in the responses was that as we explored the matter further many teachers said that they had not tried certain approaches or had assumed that it was not an approach that was developed enough for their pupils.

Further, when we asked if it was felt that introducing a Shakespeare play for the first time was problematic, the most common answer was that it was difficult because of resistance to the whole concept of Shakespeare.  In short, barriers had to be broken down.

Now, in response to a range of questions asked of teachers in the last couple of years we’ve produced a Shakespeare resource which meets many of the needs expressed by both classroom teachers and heads of departments.

For example, we noted that many teachers like to have a dual text edition with the original and a modern translation available at the same time. Others welcome a highly illustrated comic book approach to make the play more rapidly accessible, particularly at Key Stage 3.

Likewise we noted that around two thirds of teachers involved in teaching Shakespeare to students seeing it for the first time said they liked to start with key scenes only.

So this is what we have produced: a resource that incorporates all these requirements. You can get a feel for the results on our website

Then just click on the small pictures that run down the web page to the right of the cover picture, and you’ll see exactly what individual pages of the resource look like.

There are price details and details of how to order also on the website  And If you would like to know more please do email us at info@shakespearecomics.com or call 01691 770165.

Circus Workshops, Entertainment, and more for 2017

We’ve been having a very festive circus time here at Fantastiko but don’t just take our word for it…

My favourite thing was….EVERYTHING, because it was absolutely amazing!” Emily, Emsworth Primary School.

Thank you Drew! It was the best fun I’ve ever had” Luke Cambridge University Primary

We wanted to wish you a very happy new year and let you know about what’s available in 2017.

Fantastiko circus workshops are brilliant fun, educational, and all inclusive (for all ages and abilities).  They give pupils the opportunity to experience something unique and gain confidence from learning new skills and taking part in challenging and engaging activities, delivered in an exciting and nurturing formula.

We bring everything you need from excellent facilitators, masses of equipment and we even have tents and entertainers if you want the complete circus package.

We respect that schools and children are different so as well as our standard packages we also create bespoke days and events dependent on your requirements, pupils and budget, therefore, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your enquiries.

Whether enhancing a key stage topic or as a full day event for the whole school our circus workshops are an unforgettable experience for your pupils. From ‘Taster’ experiences, Circus Science sessions, to developing performances and longer schemes of work with 20 years experience we pride ourselves on giving a professional yet personal service.

As a special Christmas gift we are offering a 10% discount and 100 FREE CERTIFICATES for all bookings in 2017 – We like to recognise achievement and the certificates can be personalised for each pupil to take home.

We also have a range of discounts and deals on our circus packages (workshops/tent/entertainment) brilliant for school fetes and events especially during the summer term.

Take a look at our website for further and more detailed information.


Prices from £190 for half days

Lisa or Drew will talk you through all the options and our simple booking process. Call or email us now on:

Contact: info@circusworkshops.biz Tel: 
Mobile: 07539 229256