We will watch an animated version of William Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet' in a retelling of the classic play set to modern music. Here is an outline of the story:
Two powerful families in Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding for so long that they no longer remember why.
Two teenage members of the families, Romeo and Juliet, fall madly in love, but have to keep it a secret, even though they get married.
In a street fight Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin kills Benvolio, Romeo’s best friend; in revenge Romeo kills Tybalt.
Romeo then has to go on the run.
Aided by a monk, Friar Laurence, Juliet plans to rejoin Romeo and a scheme is hatched to convince everyone that she has died.
She tries to tell Romeo, but her message never reaches him and, thinking she really is dead, Romeo kills himself; Juliet quickly follows suit.
Finally the two families are reunited, though it is in tragic circumstances.
Children will be taught to recognise themes in what they read, such as loss or heroism. They will have opportunities to compare characters, consider different accounts of the same event and discuss viewpoints (both of authors and of fictional characters), within a text.
We will continue to learn the conventions of different types of writing- eg playscripts. Children will be taught the technical and other terms needed for discussing what they hear and read, such as metaphor, simile, analogy, imagery, style and effect.