Fiction

English Year 3 Spring Myths and Legends

Greek Myths

Explore, read and write myths with The Orchard Book of Greek Myths (Geraldine McCaughrean) and Greek Myths (Marcia Williams). Practise dialogue punctuation and use conjunctions.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to Greek myths and their conventions
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Text
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

Optional Text
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Punctuating dialogue; inference and prediction
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Text
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

Optional Text
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Read, retell and compare versions of Daedalus and Icarus
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Text
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

Group Readers
Icarus by Ruth Merttens

Optional Texts
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

Group Readers

Icarus

This is a simple re-telling of the Greek myth of Icarus. In this tale Icarus and his father Daedalus build marvellous wings to escape from their prison but as they escape Icarus flies too close to the sun. The simple but engaging illustrations with the story will help bring it alive to children experiencing this traditional myth for the first time.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Use conjunctions to express time and cause
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Text
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

Optional Text
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Retell an exciting myth scene from a different perspective
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Text
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

Optional text
Greek Myths by Marcia Williams

Websites

Perseus video clip (told by Anthony Horowitz)
Perseus from player.hamilton-trust.org.uk