Sequencing the curriculum: Shakespeare

Reading Time: 6 minutes In a series of posts I’m going to explore the way our curriculum currently works including the rationales behind it. Our curriculum model is our progress model. Context: I work in a high performing, academically selective girls school with a comprehensive sixth form intake. The last four years we’ve seen a significant shift in intake towards an area of high deprivation, higher numbers of ethnic minority students, and higher numbers of students with additional needs. The English department teaches Media and Drama tk GCSE, but we don’t have allocated discrete lessons for these subjects at KS3. The outline: Year 7: The …

Flowers and fancies in Shakespeare

Reading Time: 9 minutes We all know if we ask for symbols of love, the rose is high up the list. Floriography – studying the meaning of flowers – has more or less dropped out of English custom. We might occasionally hear that lilies are better for funerals, but most of us don’t attach much symbolic meaning when our loved ones show up with a bouquet. Pre-twentieth century though it’s a different story. Victorians wrote whole handbooks on the meanings of flowers and dedicated time to deciphering the hidden messages of a buttonhole. Flowers in paintings back to the medieval period were also loaded …