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Monsters and Villains

Evil cackles, gruesome ghouls and violent battles have been the subject of our lessons this week. What really makes a monster? What are the metaphorical monsters that plague us? Is violence in literature acceptable? These are just some of the interesting and philosophical dilemmas that we have debated this week. I have been impressed with […]

Beowulf in tableaux

Beowulf in tableaux

In the last two lessons we have explored how to perform ‘Beowulf’ through frozen physical pictures (tableaux). We considered why this was important: because it was from a useful tool to help us understand the story because it made the story more dramatic and exciting because it allowed us to look at different opinions about, […]

Quotation station

Quotation station

Today we explored the idea of what a quotation was and when we would use this in English. It was a challenge trying to figure it all out but we got there in the end! We decided that a quotation – when it comes to fiction work – was a word or phrase from the […]

I need a hero

Today we had fun considering what made an hero. You came up with some fantastic heroic qualities and I was moved by the amount of you who stated that your parents were your heroes. I was also impressed with the range of vocabulary you used when describing heroes and the ‘Beowulf’ story so far – […]

Epic beginnings

Epic beginnings

So today we started thinking about our first text – ‘Beowulf’ and we discussed what makes an epic story. We even created our own epic story in the oral tradition of story telling – there were monsters, zombies and three different types of heroes! We considered a few words which connect to the epic story […]

Making a great start!

Making a great start!

There was some excellent work today and some of you managed to get your name on the tick list  – well done! Those of you who didn’t make it this time, don’t worry – you have plenty of lessons to display your hard work. Remember if you have done a piece of work that you […]

 
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