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myths and legends

Discussion in 'Primary' started by aneekag, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Hi im going to start the topic myths and legends with year 5, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas I can use for a myth and a legend. I have to teach 9 lessons altogether. I want to introduce myth first and the class will write their own as an end result.

    thank you
  2. Hi,
    When I taught Year 5, we used to focus on the Legend of Robin Hood, as the strategy resources were quite good that came with it. I found the myth side of the unit difficult, as often it was covered in Year 3 as they do a unit that focuses on Aesop's Fables.
  3. OK the starting point is the definition:
    A myth is fiction and usually includes mythical creatures such as dragons, fairies etc. They often explain natural phenomenon that ancient peoples did not have the scientific knowledge to explain ie why we have seasons - the story of persephone.
    A legend has a basis in truth - Robin Hood, Humpty Dumpty etc
    A fable teaches a lesson - the hare and the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race
    There are so many resources available for this you need to decide very clearly what your outcome is, and possibly link to other areas of the curriculum. 9 lessons seems a bit short to cover this effectively, however the read and analyse, gather ideas and write approach which you outlined should be effective. I would probably spend the first 3 days reading different myths (think greek myths, roman myths etc) and identifying what is the same about them. Then I would look for some natural phenomenon and gather ideas about how it could be explained if we didn't know where it really came from (in the past I have used things like rain, storms, formation of mountains or valleys), then the children write their own.
    Check out this site: http://myths.e2bn.org/ as it has lots of different examples.
  4. ERscripts

    ERscripts New commenter

    Here is one option for a myth:
    Theseus and the Minitaur by Robert Reed - a "lighter-hearted" adventure version especially suitable as a Year 5 and 6 class assembly (could be used for any class studying Greek myths and legends) http://artdramascripts.com/ks2_playscripts/greeks
    And an option for a legend: a funny assembly based on the legend of Saint George and the Dragon for Year 4 and 5 classes http://artdramascripts.com/st_georges_play
    Good luck

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