Year 5/6 - Miss Dyer - Swallow

Welcome to Swallow Class

This term our topic is Ancient Greece - myths, legends and their beasts!

Swallow class are enjoying learning about the Ancient Greeks and their culture. 

We have been enjoying reading Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans and  extracts from  The Legendeer - Shadow Of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons in Shared Reading. While in topic, we have been researching the cities of Ancient Greece including Olympia, Sparta and Knossos as well as the mighty gods and goddess. Did you know the Olympics began as a festival dedicated to Zeus? 

Who Let The Gods Out

The Labyrinth - Multi Story Theatre Company

This term Multi Story Theatre Company have performed The Labryinth for us in school. They combined the story of Theseus and the Minotaur with the legend of Icarus flying too close to the sun - two myths we have studied in shared reading.

An old man and an old woman told us their amazing tales.

He said his name is Daedalus and that he built the labyrinth where the Minotaur was imprisoned. She told us her name was Ariadne and that she helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur. He said that he invented wings so that he and his son, Icarus, could fly. She said that she was abandoned on an island, the island of Naxos. But they both admitted their memories were beginning to wander and we questioned how much of their tales were true. 

Theseus and the Minotaur 

Since watching The Labryinth we have been exploring the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in greater detail. After researching the ancient city of Knossos, we discovered that some believe the vast Palace of Knossos was the Palace of King Minos, one of the main characters in the myth and where the Minotuar lived in a labryinth. In PE on Friday, we explored the plot and characters further using freeze frame, thought tracking and improvisation.  This was one of our favourite lessons of the year so far! You can see pictures by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.

What is a myth?
At the start of term, we were lucky enough to be invited to watch Multistory Theatre Company perform a series of Viking myths. This sparked a debate in our class about the difference between stories, myths and legends in different cultures and times. The Vikings had a very different set of beliefs, that they lived their lives by. We wondered if the Vikings had been influenced in any way by the Ancient Greeks. 

Fenir the wolf

Potions Workshop at The Park Community School

Swallow class have been to visit Mr Plaza at Park Secondary School to take part in a potion making workshop - we were given access to a science laboratory and took part in experiments! More information and photos of our exciting morning can be found by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. 

Potions

Swallow Teaching Staff

Miss Dyer

Miss Dyer

Year 5/6 Teacher

Mrs Angell

Mrs Angell

Teaching Assistant for Year 5/6

Mrs Luxton

Mrs Luxton

Teaching Assistant for Year 5/6

Mrs Sisto

Mrs Sisto

Student Teacher in Year 5/6