Beowulf in 5T
Friday 29th January | 15 comments
Over the past few weeks in 5T, the focus of our Literacy lessons has been the epic poem Beowulf. We have been doing a wide range of activities, from telling stories orally just like the Anglo-Saxons, to creating and describing our own monsters.
One of the first activities that the class did was to write a letter from Hrothgar, the King of Denmark, asking for help after the monstrous Grendel attacked his people. The children had to put themselves into the king’s shoes and consider how he might be feeling and what he might be thinking. They also had to think about the type of person that they needed to help them.
The children also had a chance to become the monster, imagining that they were Grendel as he wrote about his attack on Hrothgar’s newly built hall, Heorot, in his (very monstrous) diary. A lot of the children seemed to enjoy this as it gave them a chance to be gruesome in their writing.
Next week, the children will be doing a piece of extended writing based on the fight between Grendel and Beowulf.