Here you will find free resources to support each of the four games.  Including

  • How to play and suggestions for use: These resources explain the context of the game and give simple instructions on how to play. The games are designed to be flexible but if you would like suggestions for how to use them in the classroom you can find some here. Whether you choose to use the games as introduction or as revision sessions is up to you.
  • Learning outcomes: An overview of the learning outcomes of each game focused on the Key Stage 3 English and History curriculums.
  • Historical background: Playing for Shakespeare is historically accurate and based on extensive historical research. Each game is backed up with a resource exploring the history which lies behind the people Nicholas meets and the situations he finds himself in. This will be invaluable to you as a teacher allowing you to have ready answers to questions and to draw your pupils’ attention to historical details.
  • Handouts:  If a particular game requires handouts you will find versions here to support different needs in the classroom.
  • Classroom Resources: Resources to support extended activities on the topic covered. Developed from the suggestions of trainee teachers and our own classroom practice, these resources offer suggestions and materials for classroom activities based around the areas which the games explore.

Browse the sections on the right to find out more.

Resources are in PDF format – if you require word versions please contact us

If you are working on Shakespeare in the classroom you might want to consider supplementing your classroom experience with a visit to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Not only can pupils explore firsthand the world that Shakespeare knew in his home town but we also offer a range of curriculum focused learning experiences delivered by our team of experienced teachers and Shakespeare experts. We are also home to leading Shakespeare collections and an extensive library and archive.

“Absolutely fantastic – great rapport with students and made the play really accessible. Expert insight and interpretation of plays.  Fabulous resources.” Redborne Upper School, Slough