Key Stage Shakespeare

s4ksmalllogo.jpgShakespeare 4 Kidz welcomes the GOVErnment’s improvements to the National Curriculum that intends all school children will study two of the Bard’s works as part of the GCSE National Curriculum.

Since our inception in 1996 we have advocated that Shakespeare and his plays be introduced to primary/junior school children ... and the heart, ethos, methodologies and sucess of our work has evolved around that.

A few years ago, we were delighted to be involved in open discussions with all of the country’s major Shakespeare practitioners - including the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe – to formulate a "new" way to bring Shakespeare’s works to junior/primary aged children. Something that S4K had by then been doing for more than 12 years.

The result was the RSC’s Manifesto for Shakespeare – which in effect was almost entirely based around S4K's existing, underlying principles of START EARLY, DO IT DON’T READ IT and SEE IT LIVE.

We agree with the leader in this week’s (11 July 2013) The Stage which says “How can Shakespeare be made penetrable to all? The obvious way is to recognise that at an early stage of contact he must be heard and, when seen, viewed in performance as much as on the page.”

We delight in being part of the community who aspire to add colour to the cultural education of our countrymen, young and old.

Going forward, S4K will be adapting and evolving its own Creative Education Programme and Online Learning Zones to incorporate the latest Government Education thinking, whilst also looking to reach audiences across the world with its new movie versions of our musical adaptations, and its associated Learning programmes.

The Stage sides with those who see an intrinsic worth in sharing Shakespeare – we agree and we will continue to bring the world of William Shakespeare to the Young People of the World.


What they say about us:

"Your company does such an excellent job of showing children what fun Shakespeare can be, and how powerful and moving his words are. You make his plays accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages."