Jim Wingate reloaded: interactive learning with a native storyteller

Macbeth does sleep no more – The Scottish Play for the 11th graders

On Wednesday 24th April we had a very different extra English lesson in the afternoon. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, also called ‘The Scottish Play’ by superstitious actors, is a classic part of English literature. But it is also quite difficult to understand because of the old-fashioned English it is written in.
Therefore we invited the storyteller Jim Wingate (you all know him from your year 5), who has already played Macbeth a number of times, to explain the plot to us.
Reading passages from a shortened script while using us students to pose as the main characters of the play, he helped us to understand their feelings, motives and, consequently, their actions.
With this interactive method it became easier for us to understand the story of this play of witches, ambitious men and women and their success as well as their downfall.
All the students of our course said it was a fun way to get into this story and they unanimously agreed that Jim is an excellent actor.

A big thank you for this interesting lesson to Mr Wingate and our English teacher Mrs Bullmer.

Johanna & Edina Q11 e4

Where the ‘wind eagle’ flies – A very different English lesson for our 5th graders

On 25th April, Jim Wingate, a story-teller from Wales, visited our school. All 5th graders met in our boarding school, where Jim shook everybody’s hand and said ‘hello’. Then we took our seats and listened to three of his funny stories about a barber, a king and his butler ‘Baboo’ and a ‘wind eagle’.
Some of us ware really lucky to play a part in the story. Jim also told his story in many different voices, so he often sounded very funny and we laughed a lot. It was great fun but after 45 minutes, we had to leave Jim and go back into our classrooms.

Thank you very much, Jim.

written by pupils from class 5m