This week Year 6 were visited again by one of the witches from Macbeth who set them off to investigate reversible and irreversible changes. This involved heating materials over a candle, describing the changes, categorising them into ‘melted’ or ‘burned’ and discussing which of these changes were reversible and which were irreversible. Sadly, we were not able to reverse the witch’s burnt toast.
The classes have been unleashing their inner Macbeth and Lady Macbeth during some drama sessions whilst reading scripts from the play using Shakespearean language. They very much enjoyed doing this!
We have also been thinking deeply about some of the questions the children have asked about the story of Macbeth that go beyond what is written. For example:
- What if Macbeth won the war, what would happen then?
- What happened to Fleance?
- Where did the witches go?
- Why did Malcom and Donalbain run away when Malcom would have become King?
- Who is to blame for the murders, Macbeth, the Witches, Lady Macbeth?
- If Macbeth hadn’t been promised king, would Lady Macbeth still have been evil?
The children had some excellent discussions and debates about these questions.