Bringing Beowulf to Life!

Having written some fantastic stories inspired by the Saxon story of Beowulf, we practised reading them dramatically this morning.  The children created a rubric for what makes a good performance and critiqued each other in partners.  They commented on use of voice (high, low, quiet, loud), actions and pauses to add tension.  

It was amazing to see our children bringing their stories to life and encouraging each other to make them even better.

Here’s a few videos of the children who performed for the class: 

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

Beowulf Story from Natasha Wood on Vimeo.

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Making Lanterns

We had some special guests from ‘Friends of Parkwood Springs’ yesterday.  Y4 were chosen once again to help create lanterns to use in the Beacons Lantern Parade this Saturday.  We began by bending willow into the shape of a dragon’s spine, then got very messy covering it with gluey tissue paper and decorations.  I can’t wait to see the finished product, it’s going to be huge! We also helped to cover two badgers, which will be displayed on the route around the procession.

It would be fantastic to see as many families as possible on Saturday.  We are gathering at 5.30 and the procession will begin at 5.45, led by Sheffield Samba Band.  Look out for me and other Watercliffe folk as we’ll try to get a group together to represent the school (and share carrying those enormous lanterns!)

Here’s a link to the Friends of Parkwood Springs page if you want any more information.

The Legend of Beowulf

The epic story of Beowulf was the first recorded story in British history and is one of the most famous Anglo Saxon tales.  The Y4s brought it to life this week by creating freeze frames, saying how each character felt and improvising overheard conversations at key moments in the story.

The children had no trouble showing the dramatic battle between Beowulf and the terrifying monster, Grendel, as you can see below!

Can you match each picture to what happened in the story?  Click here for a quick video if you’re struggling!

We’re moving on to creating our own versions of Beowulf so watch out for some terrifying monsters and fearsome dragons coming your way soon!