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Week of Monday 29th June

Monday the 29th of June 2020

 

Hello all on this majestic Monday. This week we are going to travel back over 2,000 years ago to look at 2 of the greatest stories of all time. These are the stories of Icarus and Theseus. First of all please have a look at this word mat to help with key vocabulary related to the Icarus story. After that, watch the video of me retelling this incredible myth which still influences books and films to this day!

The fall of Icarus

Spicy Reading text

Flaming Hot Reading Text (A slightly different version of the classic myth!)

Once you have read one of these texts please try this google form below to check your understanding of the story.

Extra Activities

 

Here are 2 great short films on the Icarus story. Because Icarus is a mythical story it has been retold in many ways. What differences can you see from the story I read to you?

 

A wonderful ballet of Icarus: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks2-once-upon-a-time-icarus-interpretive-dance/zf7xnrd

Mythic Warriors Guardians of the Legend Daedalus and Icarus

Please produce a piece of art inspired by the story. Here are some images to help you

Tuesday the the 30th of June 2020

 

Good morning Key Stage 1! Today we will continue to look at the Icarus story. A key skill we will look at today is prediction. This is because tomorrow's text follows on from this story and we will see what happens to the labyrinth maze and the terrible Minotaur.

What do you think will happen? How can someone escape the labyrinth? How will someone escape the brutal Minotaur? What will happen to the sinister King Minos? Today we will use the Icarus text to make good predictions and use your wonderful imagination and opinions. Let's get started!

 

Icarus Tuesday

Here are some maps to help you understand where Greece, Athens and Crete are

Spicy reading text

Flaming hot reading text

Extra Activity 1: Please make your own word search of the Icarus story. Include key words such as inventor, myth, tower, wings, wax, melt, tragedy

Extra Activity 2: Please design your own Minotaur labyrinth maze like Daedalus

Thank you for your brilliant Icarus work from yesterday!

Wednesday the 1st of July 2020

Greetings all at the middle of the week! Today we will look at a myth which follows on from the story of Icarus. We will find out how someone escaped the labyrinth and defeated the terrifying minotaur. Let's see if your predictions from yesterday were close!

 

 

Theseus Wed

Mild text: Please listen again to the story I read out loud and have a go at reading these words from the story

Spicy reading text

Flaming hot reading text

Extra activities! Activity 1: Please make your own word search about Theseus and the Minotaur

Activity 2:

 

Listen to this amazing BBC radio play of the Theseus and the Minotaur story;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/ks2-primary-history-ancient-greece-theseus/zkvqkmn

Activity 3

Although both the stories we have looked at this week are myths which means they are fictional and full of magic and made up creatures, there is truth in these tales. Ancient Greek civilisation existed 2,000 years ago and many historians believe they  have evidence that people  like Daedalus, Theseus and King Minos were real. In 2009, Greek and British archaeologists investigated an underground maze in Crete near the ruins of King Minos's palace. It has 2 and half miles of tunnels and they think this could be the real labyrinth. Also the ruins of Minos's palace are full of pictures of bulls. Could the minotaur just have been a large bull?  Please write a story where you imagine you are an archaeologist who discovers the labyrinth. Are there secret passages, what evidence can you find and what equipment are you carrying?

Actual pictures of the team of archaeologists who investigated the underground maze and ruins on the island of Crete

Activity 4

If you have time, watch this fun cartoon of the myth.

Mythic Warriors Guardians of the Legend Theseus and the Minotaur

Thursday the 2nd of July 2020

Hello folks on this marvellous Thursday! Today we will continue to look at the great myth of Theseus. Here is another version to listen to which gives some extra details to the story.

Theseus

Please re-read the texts you were given yesterday. The key skill we are looking at today in the google form is inference. This means you need to use information in the text but also your own ideas and empathy to think about how characters in the story are feeling.

Activity 1: Have a look at these Ancient Greek Top Trump cards. Then you could make your own and challenge people in your home!

Activity 2: Please write a diary from either Theseus's, King Aegeus's, Ariadne's, King Minos's or the Minotaur's point of view.

Friday the 3rd of July 2020

Greetings guys on this fine Friday. Today we will look at correcting and improving a piece of writing. Please look at the correct text for you, write it out on a piece of paper and improve it.

Mild text to improve and correct:

Theseus and the Minotaur

Once long ago there was a Prince of Athens called Theseus, who was very bra...... He told his dad King Aegeus that he was going to fight a bad beast caled a Minotaur. The king was scared but he said you can go but change your sails from black to white when you come bak safe,

Spicy text

Theseus and the Minotaur

Once long ago there was a Pince of Athens called Theseus, who was very................... Early one moning, he woke up and his father King Aegeus ...................ly explained that an evil beast called the Minotaur was ....................children on an island called Crete. Theseus was livid with ............................... and cried to the King, “I will rid you of this Monster!” However, the king was worried about his son because he thought he might be...............................

Theseus did not lisen to the King’s worries and went to the ocean to get his ship with ...............................sails. The King looked ....................... and angry. He called out, “If you are successful, take down these black sails and replace them with ......................ones. That way I will know you are coming home safe to me.”

Next, Theseus sailed to Crete. There he met King Minos and his .................... Ariadne. At that .................., he saw Ariadne and fell in love. “What are you doing in .................. Kingdom?” Minos shouted angrily.  “I have come to rid you of your monster!” replied Theseus. Unfortunately, King Minos attacked him by surprise, threew him into a ...................... maze and yelled, “Unleash my Minotaur into the Labyrinth!”

Flaming hot text:

Theseus ............ly sailed to Crete. There he met King Minos and his .................... Ariadne. At that .................., he saw Ariadne and fell in love. “What are you doing in .................. Kingdom?” Minos shoutd angrily.  “I have come to rid you of your monster!” replied Theseus. Unfortunately, King Minos attacked him by surprise, threw him into a ...................... maze and yelled, “Unleash my Minotaur into the Labyrinth!”

Luckly, Ariadne promised to help him get out of this ......................... trap. To his amazement, she threw a ball of ...................... to him through a gate. She whispered, “This string is enchaned! With it you will find the way out of the deep dark maze. Now be quick or the Minotaur will have you”.

 

Theseus twisted and turned fantically, this way and that, through the gloomy labyrinth. He felt like something was following him but he when he turned round with his fire torch nothing was there. Then he heard a terrifying roar and saw the ...................... Minotaur. It was half man and half bull with ....................... arms, evil red eyes and sharp horns.  The Minotaur bellowed, “Mmmm, my next meal!”

 

At that sec...............d, Theseus ran towards the creature, held him fast by the horns and ........................! The Minotaur was DEAD!

Fortunately, Theseus made his way out of the complicated labyrinth thanks to the string and eventually returned home to Athens. ...........................ly, he forgot to take down the ........................sails. In the end, the poor King of Athens was broken heated becaue he thought his son was dead and jumped off a cliff before Theseus arrived.

Extra activity:

Please have a go at illustrating this myth. Here is a video on how to draw the fearsome minotaur and there are other images below too.

How To Draw The Minotaur 🐮

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