Forestdale Primary School

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Miss Munro's Group

English Lesson 1

LI: To be able to create a minotaur character description

Task 1. Story time

  • Read the Hamilton Story Icarus, by Ruth Merttens and Anne Holm Petersen. If you have read this before, enjoy reading it again and, this time, think about different things – we are exploring the features of myth. It can be found on the link below:

Task 2. Responding to a story

Read and think carefully about the discussion points on Exploring Icarus.

  • Record your responses on The Story of Icarus.
  • When you have done this, check what you thought against the Answers on the Home Learning Hub.  These answers are not necessarily right – they are just to make you think. Yours might well be better!

Task 3. Retelling the story aloud.

Read each of the Key Plot Points.

  • Cut out and sequence the points.
  • Using the plot points to help you, practise retelling the tale orally.
  • Recount the story to your family using your best storytelling voice.

Task 4. Describe the monster

On The Minotaur, draw your version of the monster and write a paragraph describing him.

English Lesson 2

LI: To be able to write Icarus’s diary entry

Task 1. Story time

Re-read the Story Icarus, by Ruth Merttens and Anne Holm Petersen.

Task 2. Comparing two versions of the same story

Go to:
  • Watch the animated version of the story.
  • Read Different Versions of Greek Myths and then use Differences to compare the two versions of Icarus that you have read and listened to.

Task 3. Reading and writing diaries

Look at Daedalus’s Diary.

  • Read the diary entry and the instructions that go with it.
  • On the diary paper, write Icarus’s diary entry, detailing the boy’s experiences and saying how much he regrets not listening to his Dad.

English Lesson 3

LI: To be able to write instructions

Task 1. Reading instructions

Read Luring the Minotaur into the Labyrinth.

These are the instructions that Daedalus provided for King Minos.

  • Read what to do. Use a felt pen to highlight the features of the text. 
  • Check your work using the Answers at the end of these resources.

Task 2. Writing instructions

Look at Getting out of the labyrinth.

  • Read what you have to do.
  • Use How to find and operate the hidden door to write out Daedalus’s instructions.

English Lesson 4

LI: To be able to compare two stories.

Task 1. Story time

  • The story of Icarus is provided below. You read the first half yesterday,
  • Read the second half of the story, pausing to reflect at the points you are asked to on the Discussion Points page.

Task 2. Maybe, watch a film of the story from the live-action Daedalus & Icarus.

  • Do the characters and settings look as you imagined they would when you were reading the stories?

Task 3. Giving your opinion

Consider all the versions of the story of Daedalus and Icarus you have watched or read.

  • Read the instructions on My thoughts about the stories.
  • Complete the chart giving your opinions.

English Lesson 5

LI: To be able to discuss a poem

Task 1. Story time:

What did Daedalus hope for in the story?

What did Icarus hope for?

  • Think about hope and how important it is.
  • Read the poem ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.

Task 2. Discussing the poem:

Read the Questions about the poem.

  • Think carefully about your answers.
  • Write your answers in the spaces provided.

Task 3. Writing about hopes:

Read the information at the top of My Hopes.  Think carefully about all the really important things you could hope for your friends and family.

  • Record your ideas.
  • Write in full, punctuated sentences and use your best handwriting.


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