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Monday 14th June
LO: To skim and scan for key information and infer character’s thoughts and feelings.
What is a Greek myth?
Is it fiction/non-fiction?
Why were Greek myths written?
Please read through the text attached - Theseus and the Minotaur - and answer the questions in complete sentences. As you are reading the text, look for key information to help when you get to the questions. If you can, printing it will be useful and you can highlight the key information.
When you have completed the questions, please have a go at the extension.
Tuesday 15th June
LO: To develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what I read
Read the story of Hercules and the 12 tasks then answer the following questions in complete sentences:
1. Why was Hercules given tasks to complete?
2. Why did Hera dislike Hercules?
3. What was the name of Hercules' mother?
4. What kind of God was Hercules?
5. What do you think the hardest task was? Why?
6. How do you feel about Hercules, Hera and Zeus? Why?
7. Do you think Hercules did the right thing?
Wednesday 16th June
LO: To use features of non-fiction texts to create an information page.
(Copy and paste the links into your web browser)
Explore the Greek Gods using the following website: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/greece/greek-gods/
Make some short notes about each God.
Which is your favourite Greek God you have read about? Why?
Now read this extract from the book ‘Greek Gods and Heroes’: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/15699/Greek-Gods-and-HeroesMeet-40-mythicalimmortals-by-SylvieBaussier.html (You will need to become a member of the LoveReading4Kids community. Membership is free. It is the one we have used previously for home learning and when we are in class).
Imagine you are to write an entry about your favourite God to go into the book.
Design a page which could be inserted into the book. Think about your layout so it is similar to the rest of the book. Features such as fact boxes, sub-titles and pictures may be used.
Thursday 17th June
LO: To summarise main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and identify key details which support this.
LO: To explain the meaning of new vocabulary within the context of the text.
Read, watch and listen to the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’.
Go back to the text http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/textonly563-theseus-and-theminotaur.html and use WordHippo https://www.wordhippo.com/ to investigate any words which you are unsure of.
Write synonyms of these words and a definition.
Re-write the story using a maximum of 500 words. Every word counts so make sure you use exciting vocabulary and a range of sentences to excite and interest your reader.
Friday 18th June
LO: To create effective sentences using -ing openers.
Read Chapter 4 ‘My Mother Teaches Me Bullfighting’ from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief here: https://getfreestories.weebly.com/uploads/7/9/0/2/79020522/lightning_thief_the__percy_jac_-_rick_riordan.pdf
(This will download as a pdf). (Page 48)
You can also listen as you read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2LNyTZZajE
Write down words and phrases from the text that describe the minotaur.
Now watch the film clip of the same scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAE_PelhISM (PG certificate so have a grown up watch it with you).
Have a go at writing some sentences that start with words ending in ‘ing’ to describe the scene, such as: ‘Drawing his sword, Percy dived towards the fearsome creature.’ Think about our working wall in class with our own complex sentences with -ing openers.
A list of words ending in ‘ing’ can be found here: https://www.mrsmuellersworld.com/uploads/1/3/0/5/13054185/ing_openers_cheat_sheet.pdf (This will download as a pdf).
Use some of your ‘ing openers’ and your own ideas to write this scene in your own words.
Monday 21st June
LO: To learn about Greek monsters and use this to inform my own.
Research Greek monsters here: https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/creatures/
Write down facts about your three favourites.
Have a look at the extract from ‘Myth Match: A Fantastical Flipbook of Extraordinary Beasts’ here: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/15071/Myth-Match-byGood-Wives-andWarriors.html
Based on this, create your own Greek monster hybrid, such as a ‘Chimarion’ a mixture of a Chimaera and Arion.
Draw a picture of your Greek monster and label its features.
If you need some help with the layout, have a look at the ‘Monsterology’ extract here: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/3647/Dr-DrakesCollectors-Library-byDugald-Steer.html and use this to create your own entry.
Tuesday 22nd June
LO: To write a short scene/chapter using devices to indicate parenthesis (commas, dashes and brackets) to determine intonation and expression when reading aloud.
Using all you have read / watched throughout the week, create a fight scene/chapter between a hero (this may be you!) and the Greek creature you created yesterday.
Try to include some ‘ing opener’ sentences and interesting words/phrases which you have collected throughout the week.
Watch the video you enjoy dancing to in class here: KS2 English: Commas, Brackets & Dashes with Ben Shires - BBC Teach and ensure you use parenthesis in your writing too!
Once you have written this, you may want to read it aloud to a family member or even record the reading to send to me!
Thursday 24th June
LO: To create effective simile starters relating to Jason and the Golden Fleece
Watch the youtube clips below about Jason and the Golden Fleece myth. Read through further information on the website https://childrens-books.lovetoknow.com/fairy-tales-fables-poems/story-jason-golden-fleece .
Now can you create simile starters relating to the story? Here are some examples:
1. As quick as a flash, Jason took the fleece.
2. Like pigs in mud, the crew wanted to stay in Lemnos.
3. Like a woman scorned, the King punished Jason.
Friday 25th June
LO: To develop a hero or heroine for a myth
Using what you have learned so far, can you come up with your own hero or heroine for your story?
What skills do they have? Do they have any powers? Where did they get these powers from? Are they a god/goddess/demi-god? How did they become highly skilled in archery (for example)? You can draw your hero/heroine and label it.
Your hero could be a young man who was brought up by centaurs and is on a quest to find his birth family. The centaurs have taught the young man skills in archery, hunting etc. He became aware at an early age that he was different to the centaurs and just wants to find out why? On his way, he discovers his family were taken and he has trials to complete. etc.
Monday 28th June
LO: To generate ideas for a quest
Today you are going to think about what type of quest your hero/heroine is going to go on. What is it that they need to retrieve? Think back to Jason and the Argonauts last week, he had to retrieve a golden fleece. What does your hero need to get and why? Jason came across trials to complete (different difficult tasks) in order to get the fleece. Does your hero have to do the same?
Where is your quest going to be set? If your hero/heroine was water based, then your quest needs to take place in the sea etc. Then, piece together a plan for your story. Start, middle, end. Lay it out like a story mountain if you would like. Who is going on the quest? What for? Who is your mythical creature they need to defeat? How does it end?
Then you will be ready to start writing phase tomorrow
Tuesday 29th June
LO: To complete a mythical comprehension
I have attached a mythical reading comprehension below. Please read through it and answer the questions in complete sentences.
Wednesday 30th June & Thursday 1st July
I have set a lot of 2Dos on Purple Mash over the weekend and not many at all have been completed. Please can you focus on completing these? Also there hasn't been much completed on Get Epic either. There are so many interesting books and videos I have assigned you within our myth topic.
We haven't yet started writing phase as Y6 were out today and we had a number of children absent.
I have uploaded some SPAG activities (like the ones we do in class, the mysteries with the clues etc) so please have your best go at these and use a dictionary where possible.
Hope you are all doing okay. We miss you!
Mrs Tomsett & Mrs Duncan-Jamieson