Myths and Legends are the traditional stories which hold special significance to a group or culture. They are passed down through the generations by word of mouth.
Oral storytelling is the way stories were told and preserved at a time before mass printing was available and when many people could not fluently read or write. Folk tales, myths and legends are all popular stories which were originally shared in spoken form.
This is why there are often many variations of the same core story between different cultures. One example is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood which has been rewritten many times with a number of different endings.
What is the difference between a Myth and a Legend?
Legends are stories which are thought to be based on true events, which have deep significance to the culture from which they originate. For instance, the legend of King Arthur. Although many historians agree that he existed as a Romano-British leader between the 5th and 6th century, there are a number of legends within British folklore which cannot be verified. For instance, that he achieved his royal status by pulling a sword from an anvil.
Myths are stories derived from traditions or legends which have a deep symbolic meaning and usually involve a lesson which will be helpful to the reader. One such myth is that of Theseus and the Minotaur. This story includes the fantasy element of a horned monster with the head of a bull and body of a man, and there is no concrete evidence of the protagonist Theseus having existed at all. Despite this, the story is still significant to the study of Ancient Greece and provides a symbolic and thought-provoking narrative for the reader.
What did you think of the story?
Do you think it is a Myth or a Legend? Why?
What would have have done if you were Faustulus?
Do you agree with what the brothers did?
How would you feel if you were one of Remus' followers? Why? What made you feel that way?
How would you feel if you were one of Romulus' followers? Why? What made you feel that way?
Which characters are good and which characters are bad? Why do you think that?
Who was Rome named after?
Use one of the comic strip templates (or create your own) to retell the story. You may have another way in mind to retell the story. Think about the important parts in the story.
We'd love to see what you come up with!
Read and Draw
|Back at the end of the Iron Age
Wife of Prasutagus, fierce with rage
Leads the Iceni with angry shout
Wants to drive the Romans out
Tribal warrior, Celtic Queen
Fiercer than Romans had ever seen
|Metal-torc and bright-red hair
Tattooed skin and angry glare
Horses thundering, chariot-ride
Thousands of warriors by her side
Attacks three cities with sparks of fire
Burns them into a funeral-pyre
Read these two paragraphs.
Without anymore information, draw what you think this woman looked like.
Add colour and as much detail as you can.
Use the workout alphabet to spell your name.
Have a go at your full name and even a nickname you may have.
You could even spell out a word using these workouts for a family member to guess what you are saying!
What's Important to You?
We all know how important friends and family have been during lockdown and how thankful we are for video calling.
Why don't you draw a tree and list on the leaves, branches, ground everything that has been important to you during this time of isolation. You could add words instead of shading - be as creative as you like! It is your creation! We would love to see what you come up with!
This year on 8th May it will be 75 years since Europe marked its victory over Germany in WW2.
We have found some information and activities you may like to take a look at and complete about WW2 and VE Day!
If you were Prime Minister, what rules would you put in place after lockdown?
Why don't you make a playlist of your favourite songs.
What do you like about each song?
What instruments can you hear?
Choreograph dances to them
Consider what genre they are
Listen carefully - what do you notice about the interrelated dimensions of music in each song?
YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING
Each day, why don't you compare your mood to an emoji?
Does this change as the day goes on?
Why do you think this is?
How could you try to keep a positive and growth mindset?
Can you complete the wordsearch of french animals?
There is also a blank template for you to create your own wordsearch.
You can use french words if you like or another theme of your choice.
Happy word searching!
Become a Songwriter
Celebrities, hospitals and even MFSA have written their own songs and put together a music video to lift spirits and spread joy during these times of quarantine. Why not come up with your own song. It could be a parody (changing the words to a song that already exists) or an original song (a song that you completely make up from scratch). Why not have a go at writing your own song to send out a positive message to key workers and people self-isolating. Send in your songs and we will share them on our year group page!
The Roman army was the largest and meanest fighting force in the ancient world.
One of the main reasons Rome became so powerful was because of the strength of its army. It conquered a vast empire that stretched from Britain all the way to the Middle East. The army was very advanced for its time. The soldiers were the best trained, they had the best weapons and the best armour. Being a soldier was a serious business.
When the Romans invaded Britain, their army was so good that it took on armies 10 times its size and won!
These scutums (shields) were used by the Legionary soldiers. The colours and artwork were very symbolic and had lots of meaning behind them.
Can you find out any more interesting information about Roman:
We'd love to know what you find out!
As a family, come up with a selection of different challenges and write each one on a lollipop stick (you could use pieces of paper / card if you don't have lollipop sticks).
Choose a time of the day / week to be 'Challenge Time' - try to stick to this!
Once the stick has been chosen, the whole household MUST take part in the challenge.
The only rule is, you have to do what the stick says, no questions!
Here are some challenge ideas:
Ball games, YouTube drawing tutorials, Lego, make and complete an obstacle course, play a board game, clean your room, watch a film (...'s choice), etc.
We'd love to see some of the things you come up with! Send in your Challenge Time pictures so we can share them with everyone!
Acids and Bases (Alkaline) can erupt in your faces!
Acid (Vinegar) + Base / Alkaline (Baking Soda) = Carbon Dioxide
You might want to:
Your options are endless.
Be as creative as you like.
We'd love to see what you come up with!
How to GROW a Rainbow!
You will need:
Kitchen roll / paper towel
Felt tip pens
Two small bowls of water
1. Cut your kitchen roll into the shape of a rainbow
2. Colour a rainbow with felt tips about 2cm up on both sides.
3. Attach your paper clip to the top and tie a piece of thread to it. This will give you something to hold your rainbow with.
4. Fill each small container with water.
5. Hold your rainbow with the ends slightly submerged in the water and watch your rainbow grow!
A brief introduction to 'capillary action'! Water molecules like to stick to things - including themselves. Sticking to things is called adhesion and sticking to itself is called cohesion.
The fibres in kitchen roll makes lots of little holes. Water is 'sucked up' through the holes because of adhesion and cohesion which means the rest of the water follows. The water pressure will eventually slow down and the pressure of gravity will mean it stops moving.
See if it makes a difference which type of paper you use or if it makes a difference using one or two containers of water.
Why not make predictions before you test it out?
We'd love to see your findings!
The marker leaves behind mixture of pigments and a type of alcohol mixed together. The alcohol dissolves and the pigments are left behind as a solid. Glass is so smooth that the solid slides right off when it gets wet!
Invent and design a Superhero.
What is their special logo?
What super powers do they have?
What is their one weakness?
What is their name?
Where are they from?
Where do they live?
If you could ask them 3 questions, what would they be?
What would they say?
Could you write a comic strip about them?
Do they have a team or a nemesis?
Choose a song for a choreography challenge.
Work together to create a funky dance and see if you can remember it all!
You could film it and email it to us to upload on our year group page.
Arrange the Skittles in a single row coloured pattern around the edge of a plate.
Predict what will happen if you pour over enough warm water to cover all the Skittles and the plate itself.
Watch and wait to see what happens...
Present and conclude your findings in your own way.
Storm in a Glass
Can you predict what will happen?
How could you record your findings?
Why not try this with different colours if you can!