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Y5 and Y6 Activities Day trip to Shakespeare’s Globe and Southbank

For Activities Day this year Year five and six spent the most wonderful day exploring both the contemporary culture of London’s Southbank and the sixteenth century history of Shakespeare’s Globe. We literally slid into the trip via Jeppe Hein’s colourful, playful ‘benches’ outside the Royal Festival Hall! From here we stopped by the graffiti murals of the Southbank Centre’s iconic skatepark and watched some top-class street-skaters.

En route to the Globe we took the time to admire the London skyline view from Gabriel’s Wharf, the children pointing out ‘the gherkin’, ‘cheese grater’, ‘walkie-talkie’ and St Paul’s. For lunch we enjoyed a lovely picnic outside the front of The Tate Modern.

Arriving at The Globe Theatre to meet our guide, Tom, the children impressed him with their already vast knowledge of Shakespeare. Tom added to this with a whirlwind history of the theatre and its importance from 1599 to the present day! Inside we were lucky enough to see some of the actors warming up for that evening’s performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Inspired, we went behind scenes to the actor rehearsal rooms to workshop the play itself, as a group we focused on a key scene between Demetrius and Helena, testing out various dramatic methods of conveying the emotions of love and rejection. The scene between the pairs of ‘lovers’ became rather heated…we look forward to a replay of this during next week’s middle-years assembly…

Finally the day was aptly rounded off with a performance of a different kind, as we strolled back along the Thames, we gathered around to watch a trio of street parkour experts back-flipping…not to be tried at home!