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Arts Day


It’s Arts Day at Shakespeare. Keep checking back as pictures will appear throughout the day!


Year 1 are with the Year 3 team using clay to make Gruffalo characters and learning relaxation techniques through Yoga.


Year 2 are with the Year 1 team doing Autumn finger painting and wax resist alongside a leafy collage from fallen leaves with the school grounds


Year 3 are with the Year 2 team to explore the French artist, Matisse and turn their hand to drumming. 


Year 4 are with the Year 6 team creating pastel images in the style of Chuck Close and posters in the style of Andy Warhol. 


Year 5 stayed within their Year team due to swimming to have a go at recreating Egyptian faces, using photos of their own face as a starting point. 


Year 6 are with the Year 4 team using pastels to create World War 2 dreamscapes and mixed medium to recreate the realist style of Joan Miro. 





Taiko Drumming

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Odd Socks Day!


Today, to launch the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, the children and staff took part on Odd Socks Day to celebrate what makes us all individual and unique. There were stripes, stars and colours galore. 


Here are some of the marvellous socks on display.

My Personal Best


At the end of last term, 30 children from across the LAT came to Shakespeare to take part in the first "My Personal Best" workshop.


This workshop will be rolled out across all of the schools over coming months and all children will take part and be encouraged to achieve their personal best, to never give up and to give 100% in all they do.


The workshop is physical activity focused and encourages the children to be active and healthy.  Each week, children will take part in a variety of exercises and compete against each school. 


It was great to see all the children making new friends from across the LAT and thanks goes to Mr Howe running the workshop and making it a success. 


Charity 2018-2019


The children have discussed and voted for their chosen charity of the year and we are delighted to announce that the three phases will be supporting the following causes:


  • Early Years - Devon and Cornwall Food Action
  • Lower Primary - Surfers against Sewage
  • Upper Primary - Save the Children
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From Fish to Dish


The whole school gathered around our "harvest" of donations this morning to celebrate the theme - From Fish to Dish.  A generous quantity of food, ready for collection by the Foodbank Plymouth, formed the centrepiece of our musical assembly.


During the assembly, that was also attended by School Governors, parents and friends of Shakespeare, we heard  fantastic performances of singing. The whole school sang "There's a Big Ship Sailing" accompanied by Mr Norris on guitar, Mrs Tucker on Flute, and Miss Spring on keyboard. A special week down to Stephanie for her performance, also on the keyboard.  


Our youngest members of the school took us through "A Fishy Tale" whilst the Lower Phase children sang to us "The Epic Journey to the Plate".


For the first time ever, we had rapping in the Upper Phase performance of "Fish to Plate - The Big Debate".


We ended our celebration with a school harvest tradition - the singing of Big Red Combine Harvester - a firm favourite with all the children and staff.


Katie from the Foodbank thanked the children for their donations and we will update you shortly with how much we managed to collect.


Reverend Andy Bowden led the school in prayer, giving thanks for the food we receive.


Photos from the assembly can be seen below.


Jeans for Genes Day 2018

On Friday 21st September, the whole school got involved with Jeans for Genes Day and raised money for Kabuki UK. Kabuki UK is run by five voluntary trustees who collectively identified the need for a support group for families affected by Kabuki Syndrome. Members of our Shakespeare family have a personal connection to this charity which is why it was so important for the entire school to support the cause. 


The charity has five main aims:


1. To raise awareness of Kabuki Syndrome by distributing information to local hospitals and gaining a higher internet and press presence.


2. To provide information, advice and resources about Kabuki Syndrome and establish a network of regional coordinators, who will provide support and help for newly diagnosed families in that region.


3. To fundraise, with both regional and national events, to support the charity's aims.


4. To organise and publicise family events, fundays, which will provide families affected with Kabuki with a chance to meet other families and share experiences, as well as a chance to have an enjoyable break.


5. To provide a system of grants for the purchase of equipment which families effected by Kabuki Syndrome may need but are unable to access from other sources. 


To find out more about Kabuki UK, please click here.

Also on the day, Belinda, our Kitchen Manager baked over 400 blue biscuits to sell in aid of the Kabuki charity. We would like to take this opportunity to  thank Cater ED for covering the cost of making the biscuits. 



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Take a look at Mrs Bennett's wonderful Summer Activity Calendar to discover an event near you today. 

Summer Term Display Boards - Health and Wellbeing

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Choose How You Move!


The Lower Primary took to moving around the school grounds on Friday in all manner of ways to raise money for their chosen charity, Stand Up For Cancer. 


They hopped, skipped, ran and walked their way around the course in the gorgeous summer  weather. 


Everyone had had a great time and lots of money was raised. A final total will be announced soon.

Sports Day 2018

Photographs from Sports Day will start to appear in the year group folders over the next few days. Keep an eye on Twitter (@SPSPlymouth) to be alerted when each year group is live. 


We really enjoyed the day and thank you to toddlers, mums, dads and grandad for taking part in the family events. 

Active Travel Breakfast


Thank You to all the parents and children for supporting our recent active travel breakfast as part of Health Week.A massive thank you to Tesco for donating all of the fruit, water and the gift card for the raffle.

Sports Day 2018


The rain held off just long enough for the 2018 Shakespeare Sports Day and Family Picnic to take place on the school field. It was a sea of red, blue, yellow and green as the children assembled in their house colours to cheer each other on in the variety of events from: egg and spoon, skipping, sprinting, sack and the fast-paced finale, the relay event. 


Good sportsmanship was shown throughout the year groups with children congratulating not just the winners but also the children who tried their hardest to finish their event. We couldn't be prouder of the children for how they supported each other throughout the morning. 


As always,  only one house team could win overall and this year, the team with the most points was Hamlet! Well done to all the children in Hamlet for your victory. 


It was lovely to see so many siblings watching this year and we ran three individual toddler races. Mums reluctantly took the field for a super speedy mums race and we had two waves of dads and grandads lining up to stampede down the track. No fallers this year! 


After the events, everyone enjoyed a family picnic and a fine time was had by all!


Thank you to everyone who helped support this event. Photos will be coming onto the website over the coming days so keep an eye on our Twitter account @SPSPlymouth to be notified when each year group page has been loaded. 


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Health Week 2018

Health Week was introduced to the children in a fun and interactive assembly, featuring Mr Norris and Mr Howe as contestants in our own version of Ready, Steady, Cook! The children asked questions about cooking and healthy choices whilst the teachers cooked up a lovely chicken and peanut stir fry and some fluffy breakfast pancakes, topped with a raspberry coulis! 


Initially the judges thought they’d love Mr Norris’ pancakes over Mr Howe’s stirfry, yet it was Mr Howe who took the win after the tasting element. Well done! 


Throughout the week, everyone will be taking part in a variety of fun activities such as: smoothie making, street surfing, golf, bike obstacle riding, blindfolded football,yoga and much more. We will also be offering fruit and water on arrival to school. 


This week, we also unveiled our newly designed kitchen hatch which is vibrant and informative. A video of its transformation can be found below.


Photos from the week will be added here regularly .

Kitchen Hatch Time-lapse

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Lord Mayor's Procession - Taiko Drumming

A troop of drummer's joined Hannah, Miss Spring and Mrs Beswetherick in the city centre to demonstrate their fantastic drumming skills as part of the Lord Mayor's Procession. 


All the children were superb and we have received some lovely compliments from the community congratulating them for their performance. 


Well done! 

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Taiko Drumming!

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Author Visit - David Lawrence Jones.


This week, we have been delighted to have had the author, David Lawrence Jones, visit our school. He held the children's attention captive during a vibrant and interactive workshop featuring a claw-footed bath! He talked to the children about how he went about writing his first book, its characters, settings and how he became published. 


He encouraged the children to read more widely by inspiring them with his own story of how he had thought of characters and tales when he was a young as 9 but his reluctance to read meant he was unable to (at that point) create a truly engaging story. With the support of his mother and teacher, he increased his reading spectrum and found a love for literacy and books. 


You can read more about David and his books on his website which can be found here


On Thursday, David returned to sign copies of his books that had been purchased by the children of all year groups. 


A Right Royal Garden Party


On Friday, the whole school joined together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.


Reverend Andy Bowden lead an assembly discussing the official Christian marriage ceremony followed by the children exploring what other cultures and religions do to mark the occasion. 


The children wrote well wishes to the new couple and they were hung in the trees for all to read. 


A mass gathering took place on the field for garden party style picnic followed by an afternoon of games and a disco. 


All the children looked amazing, the sun shone and a great time was had by all. 


Be sure to check the year group section of the website to see images from the day. 

Pre-loved Clothes Swap Success!


Thank you to everyone who supported the clothes sale and helped us to raise an amazing £158.50.


Special thanks to Mrs Hacker, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Kempster and the Friends of Shakespeare for organising this event. 

Shakespeare’s Birthday Art


We celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd April with a special lunch and a session of art. We produced portraits of Shakespeare in the style of different artists. Can you recognise any of the styles in the picture below?


Please visit the enquiry zone where our best pieces are on display. 

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Beautiful Window Display in our Library


Our library area has been coming to life recently with some beautiful new window displays.  Our super talented Mrs Whiting and Miss Patterson dedicated time to creating the wonderful displays to brighten the area and make the area even more attractive for the children. 

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The Big Pedal


This week, all the children, parents and staff will be encouraged to walk, scooter, cycle and even roller blade to school as part of The Big Pedal project. Children who live a little further away from the school can also take part by using the Park and Stride scheme that operates from the local Tesco car park. 


Each day, we will be collecting information on how many children and adults took part. 


Have you taken part today?



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Sport Relief Dance Off!

We had great fun dancing off in the MUGA for Sport Relief raising £159.61.

Creative Easter Activities


There have been a flurry of creative activities happening in the school today. From basket making, bunny ear wearing to card creating, the children have enjoyed being artistic and making some wonderful gifts to take home. A selection are below for you to see. 

Always Good Club 


During assembly today, we announced the latest members of our Always Good Club. These children always display beautiful manners, thoughtfulness and kindness. They are role models to their peers and make valuable contributions to our school family. 


The children will be treated to a tour of Plymouth Argyle next term. 


Congratulations and and thank you for being “Always Good.”

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Easter Service

Today the whole school attended the Easter Service with half the school attending in the morning and half attending in the afternoon. 

There was a wonderful demonstration of singing and acting as the children of various year groups told the Easter story. 


Photos and video from the event are below. 


Easter Bonnets!


The Enquiry Zone is awash with colour from the wonderful collection of Easter bonnets that have been designed and made by the children across all year groups. The winning entry will be judged by PCSO Phillips and the winners will be announced during assembly on Wednesday. This will be followed by a Easter bonnet parade at 2.30pm within the school grounds. We look forward to seeing you all there. 

Sport Relief Dance Off!


Today for Sport Relief, we all dressed in our brightest and sportiest clothing and danced in the MUGA to a mash up of our favourite songs.  We have managed to raise an amazing £159.61.


Pictures from our day are below and next week we will put up a video of the event. 



On Friday 23rd March, you are invited to come to school dressed in bright and sporty clothing for a 50p donation.

In addition, you will be invited to join in with the "Sport Relief Mash-Up" where you will get to dance to some of your favourite songs.


Photos will be on the website after the event.


Snow Day

Before the school was closed for two days, the children managed to enjoy some fun in the snow during break time. Some images from the magical moment were taken by Mrs Skingle.


Book Week


We have been celebrating book week and the children have been involved with lots of literacy based activities such as visits from authors and watching an artist paint our favourite characters on the library window. The children had a go at being authors for the day.


Our first author to visit was Jo Cotterill, author of the Electrigirl series. Jo held a writer's workshop and showed the children how she brings her characters to life. Children had the opportunity to purchase jo's books and many are now enjoying these as part of their weekly read.


On Tuesday, we held our annual book swap where children were able to bring in books from home and exchange them for different books donated by other children. This is a great way for children to discover new authors and explore new genres.


Next we were visited by author and illustrator, Petr Horacek. He explained to the children that he often draws his ideas first and the story unfolds later. He left each class with one of his drawings to enjoy.


Thursday saw the start of our library transformation by Scott Colton, who is an artist. He is painting the windows of the library with a selection of characters nominated by the children. Each class enjoyed watching Scott at work and asking him about his creations.


We ended the week with our "Dress as your favourite character" day. There were lots of wonderful and unusual characters roaming the corridors (adults included!) and once again the number of Hogwarts pupils were in abundance.


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Be The Best You Can Be Week.


This week, the whole school has been celebrating "Be The Best You Can Be" Week. It has been an opportunity for each children to explore their hopes and aspirations for the future.


Paralympic triathlete, David Hill, opened our celebrations by taking assembly on Monday and sharing his journey to being a successful Paralympian in both swimming and triathalon. He took time to talk to each year group about the challenges of his disability and how he worked extremely hard to overcome all the obstacles he was faced with.


The children have been writing their CV's in class, sharing their qualities and responsibilities - both at home and at school. They even had the chance to give others positive compliments regarding the talents and skills they see each other demonstrate on a day-to-day basis.


On Thursday afternoon, the school was privileged to host a guest speaker afternoon where visitors from Babcock, The Royal Marines, Plymouth Aquarium, Music Makers, FoodBank, Sustrans, Plymouth Argyle, Stand Up to Cancer and Warwick House Nursing Home. We would like to thank everyone joined us - our children were really engaged and inspired by the talks that took place.


The end the week, all the children dressed up as their future aspiration; firemen, nurses, teachers, RSPCA inspectors and even a Batman or two were spotted around the school.


Please check out your child's year group page to see more pictures and samples of CV's from the week.

Upper Primary Christmas Production - Cinderella and Rockerfella


In a tale of good over evil, Cinderella won her Rockerfella when the shoe fitted. Her nasty (and gusty) sisters with the wicked interventions of Fairy Nasty Boots tried to thwart her happiness but the Fairy Brigade were on hand with a Whey, Hey, Hey and a healthy spattering of glitter dust to bring true love together. Teaser the dog found his voice to scupper the plans of Naughty Kitty and Buttons became the Next Big Thing. 


A spectacular display of acting, singing and dancing were offered over the two performances and we are extremely proud of every single child that took part, both on stage and behind the scenes to bring the story to life. 


The production has received rave reviews:


The best production yet!


What talent! Really impressive!




School governor, Judi Vine, was particularly impressed and has sent the children a wonderful email full of praise and Christmas cheer.


Well done everyone!



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Lower Primary Phase - Christmas From Around The World


The children from Year 2, 3 and 4 put on an exceptional display of singing and jigging with a wholesome international flavour when they performed Christmas From Around the World. 


Following the story of the angels who were yet to get their wings, the children taught us the traditions of Christmas from many different countries. As the Angels journeyed on, they finally were rewarded with some shiny, golden wings.


Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, carers and friends of Shakespeare who came to watch and support the show. 

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Onesie Wednesday - Upper Phase Charity Event


This year, the Upper Primary Phase are supporting the charity, FoodBank Plymouth. Rather than collecting monetary donations, the children donate items for the FoodBank. Our latest event (Onesie Wednesday) saw the children enjoying a day in their favourite onesie or pyjama set. A massive amount of tinned fruit, vegetables, desserts and UHT milk was collected and we would like to thank all parents and carers for making this event a huge success.

Early Years Christmas Performance - I'm A Star, Get Me Out Of Here!


A wonderful display of singing and dancing was performed by the children in Early Years. Glittering stars and adorable elves all sparkled on the stage. An abundance of smiles and Christmas cheer were there for all to see. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, carers and friends of Shakespeare who came to watch our production and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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Empty Classroom Day


Last Thursday (12th October 2017), the whole school took part in Empty Classroom Day. The day celebrates the benefits of learning outside of the classroom environment. A wide variety of geography based activities took place such as orienteering, compass reading and Year 6 incorporated some science by investigating wind direction. 


Some photos from the day are below. Please take a look at your child's year group page for more news about the day and other activities they have enjoyed this term.