Shakespeare 400 (a virtual field trip for schools)

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Discovery Education celebrates the life and legacy of the greatest writer of English language and literature, on the eve of the 400th anniversary of his death. Join us as Diane Louise Jordan presents an exclusive broadcast, direct from Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our 30 minute programme will provide a fascinating insight for students at Key Stage 2 and 3, focusing on Shakespeare’s childhood, his life as a playwright, and how we can make the most of his legacy.

Highlights include:

  • witnessing a lesson in Shakespeare’s classroom as taught in the late 16th century
  • a tour of significant Shakespeare-related locations, including his childhood home
  • 21st century methods of bringing Shakespeare’s work alive in schools
  • rarely seen documents related to Shakespeare’s life held in The National Archives
  • hearing from Ian McKellen about his passion for students experiencing the power of Shakespeare on stage

Supporting teacher resources will be available – register your class or school today!

We’d love you to join us live on the day, but if that’s not possible, an on-demand version will be available after broadcast. So please register for your place and we will send you the link when available.

Viewing tips

No special equipment is needed to view this event online. All you need is an internet connected computer (and a way to share with students - projector and speakers). Check out Kyle Schutt's article "5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips".


Q: Do I need to register all my students or just my classroom/assembly?

A: You only need one ticket for a location or classroom. All your students are covered by the one ticket.

Q: My classroom can't make this time, will there be an archive?

A: Yes, classrooms and teachers registered for the event will be notified when the on-demand version is available soon after the live event.

Q: I'm unsure if our internet connection will be suitable for video streaming, can I download it instead?

A: Yes, once the archive version is made available, you will be able to download a copy to play locally in your classroom/assembly.

Q: I think our network will block the live broadcast, how can I test prior to the event?

A: You can test your connection and ensure the feed will not be blocked by downloading our "Viewing tips and requirements".

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