Friday, 13 November 2020

Beowulf in Year 5

In English and Reading this half term, we are learning about Beowulf and are reading the Michael Morpurgo version of the ancient English poem. 

We read the first of three stories The Monster of the Night and explored the language chosen to describe the monster Grendel, which we then contrasted to how the hero, Beowulf, is described. 

We also looked at a text extract from Roald Dahl’s Matilda and compared the story’s villain, Miss Trunchball, with Grendel. 

In English, we identified the features of instructional writing and have been learning how to give clear and detailed instructions by including subordinating conjunctions, rhetorical questions and adverbial openers. 

This week, we sculpted a dragon’s eye (based on another villain from Beowulf) from clay and created and adapted a plan for instructions on ‘How to sculpt a deadly dragon’s eye’. 

Take a look at some of our creations. 

The question is: are you brave enough to look a dragon in the eye?