Teachers' Toolkit and Timeline
In our Teachers’ Toolkit (which can be found at the bottom of this page) you will find ideas for lessons that use the history of the Stratford-upon-Avon’s Guildhall itself and its most famous scholar as inspiration. We have created ideas for topics that can be directly linked to the new national curriculum.
There are ideas for English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History as well as Art and Design and Technology. These lessons can be taught in the class room and then brought on a visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.
It is possible on a visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall to bring the debate to the actual Court of Record, to stand in the place that both William and his father would have stood and argue your case. Bring the Tudor rose made in Art or Design and Technology and compare it to one of the oldest known painted examples to be found in the country. Use the Latin learnt in class in an actual lesson in the same schoolroom that William Shakespeare learned his Latin. Plot a walk from Shakespeare’s home to his school then use it to find your way to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall. There are endless possibilities for the ways that this resource can be used to teach the required curriculum in a new and interesting way.
The Toolkit includes resources that can be found in our Loan Box, available for use in local schools, as well as copies of documents that can be downloaded and printed for use in lessons or display. We have also included links to other websites where you can directly access information that will enhance or assist your lessons.
Whilst we have had many ideas of the ways that Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall can be used as part of your teaching, in no way do we believe we have an exhaustive list. We hope that our ideas will stimulate yours and that, as all education should be, this section of the site will be a growing and developing resource.