VIDEO: Pupils get a taste of life in Shakespeare’s time at Elizabethan Day

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Primary pupils watch jousting as part of an Elizabethan day at Bingley Grammar School Primary pupils watch jousting as part of an Elizabethan day at Bingley Grammar School

JOUSTING knights, birds of prey and romantic misunderstandings made up a school day with a difference for Bingley pupils.

Bingley Grammar School welcomed 300 students from local primary schools as it held an Elizabethan Day as part of the school's Royal Shakespeare Company partnership.

The day started with a performance of one of the first ever rom-coms Much Ado About Nothing from Year 8 and Year 9 Bingley Grammar School students, which was directed by Year 13 student Jake Mackley.

The rest of the day was then split between Archery, Falconry, Fencing, with staff from the school also leading workshops linked to the play Macbeth, with students exploring the themes of greed, jealousy and ambition.

The end of the day provided a spectacle not seen every day in Bingley, with the Year 5's joining forces with the school's year 7s watching the "Knights of Middle England" take part in a jousting tournament and men at arms display.

Aimee Barret, Drama teacher at BGS said: "It was great for the students to see the context in which Shakespeare wrote his plays, therefore giving them a deeper understanding of the themes and issues."

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