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Myths and Legends

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! smiley

Read and Draw

Imagination Time!

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!

Have fun! laugh

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!

Could you use the unbreakable code to write messages to your friends and family?

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?


You could:

Choreograph dances to them

Consider what genre they are

Listen carefully - what do you notice about the interrelated dimensions of music in each song?





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! 



AD 43

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 what each part symbolises?
  • Were there any other scutums used by Legionaries?
  • Do they have different symbols and meanings?
  • Were Roman scutums different depending on their rank?
  • What formations did the Romans use in battle? What was special about these formations?



Can you find out any more interesting information about Roman:

  • Centurions
  • Legionaries
  • Auxiliaries
  • Cavalries


We'd love to know what you find out! laugh

Challenge Sticks


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!


Sizzlin’ Snowballs


  • 1/3 cup baking (or bicarbonate of) soda per snowball
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar per snowball
  • Pipette (or a straw - be sure to cover the top to hold the liquid inside)



  1. Add baking soda to water until baking soda becomes a packable dough, not runny or watery. Shape into a ball.
  2. Freeze your experiment.
  3. Use pipette and vinegar to put drops or squirts of vinegar onto your snowballs. Watch them sizzle!


How it Works:

Acids and Bases (Alkaline) can erupt in your faces!

Acid (Vinegar) + Base / Alkaline (Baking Soda) = Carbon Dioxide


Extra Experiments:

  1. Try adding blue food colouring to the vinegar. Does this change the experiment physically or chemically?
  2. Try warming up the vinegar before you squirt it onto the snowballs. Is the reaction different? Why?
  3. Reverse some of the steps. Instead of making the snowballs out of baking soda, freeze vinegar and then pour baking soda on top. Does this make the reaction better, worse, or the same?
  4. Try to make your Sizzlin’ Snowballs into a Sizzlin’ Snowperson. Stack three snowballs on top of each other, then add buttons and black beads for the eyes. Add orange foam for the nose. Why not add glitter to the baking soda mix for a bit of sparkle?

Use the Volcano Fact Sheets to learn more about Volcanoes around the world. 


You might want to:

  • Make your own fact file
  • Use keywords to make a word search, crossword or bingo game
  • Create a volcano quiz
  • Make a timeline of volcanic eruptions
  • Use google maps to locate the volcanoes - you could even use street view to see what it would be like to be there now

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

Paper clip




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!


The Science:

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.


You could:

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!


Art O’Clock

Can you think of your own short cuts to drawing? Think back to our shading lessons in art. How could you effectively colour your pictures? We’d love to see them!

Dry Erase


  • A glass plate or bowl
  • Dry erase marker
  • Water



  1. Draw a simple picture on the glass. A stick figure is a good one to start with
  2. Pour water onto the plate or into the bowl slowly to lift up the drawing
  3. Swirl the water around to make the picture dance and move


How does it work?

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!

Superhero Challenge

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?


Dance Challenge

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.

Skittles Experiment

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



  • Shaving cream
  • A large glass
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • A spoon



  1. Half fill the glass with water
  2. Spray some shaving cream on top of the water to fill the glass to ¾ full.
  3. Use your finger or a spoon to spread the shaving cream evenly over the top of the water. The top of the shaving cream should be flat.
  4. Mix ½ cup water with 10 drops of food colouring in a separate container. Gently add the coloured water, spoonful by spoonful, to the top of the shaving cream. When it gets too heavy, watch it storm!


Can you predict what will happen?

How could you record your findings?

Why not try this with different colours if you can!

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