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A Planning Sequence for Beowulf

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KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 5

Literary Theme: Legends & Folklore

Author(s): Michael Morpurgo

Outcomes:

Letter of advice, diary entry, dialogue, character and setting description, action scenes, obituary

Main Outcome:

Own version legend or missing chapter

Length:

15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 3 week + sequence using Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman where children get an opportunity to discuss legends and the importance of heroic poetry in early European literature. They go on to create a number of varied written outcomes using the text as a starting point including recounts, formal letters, dialogue, descriptions, obituaries and writing their own epic, heroic narrative using various poetic devices. References will be made to the original manuscript throughout.

Synopsis of Texts:

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

Links:

Classic fiction, narrative poetry, Denmark, Old English, monsters, dragons

A Spelling Seed is available for Beowulf.

Spelling Seed Overview:

Overview:

This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.

Coverage:

Word List Words

aggressive, ancient, cemetery, committee, community, desperate, disastrous, exaggerate, explanation, sincerely

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Homophones and other words that are often confused

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Beowulf.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Beowulf.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

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