Inspired by sea monsters and mythological creatures, listen to sounds of the sea and write a powerful poem. Examine the voyage of Odysseus and create a sequence of sounds matched to events from his journey. Finally, storyboard dance movements inspired by Odysseus and the sea monsters he meets, and perform dance to a piece of sea-themed music.

Session 1 Myths and monsters sea poetry

Objectives

Geography

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, globes and aerial photographs.
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading poetry.
  • Write poetry for different purposes.

Computing

  • Use simple search engines and select information appropriate to the task.

Teaching and Activities

Write a poem inspired by sea monsters and mythical creatures.

Teaching Outcomes
To use knowledge of the oceans to add to imaginary writing.
To write poetry that creates an image of a sea monster. To perform their poems.
To use Google images to search for pictures of sea monsters.

Children will:

  • Use sea mythology as a writing stimulus.
  • Write poetry that creates an image.

You Will Need

  • The Adventures of Odysseus in Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children (optional)
  • Large sheets of sugar paper
  • Marker pens
  • Recording device

Session 2 Sea mythology music

Objectives

Geography

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, globes and aerial photographs.
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

Music

  • Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Teaching and Activities

Listen to sounds of the sea; Make a mind map of episodes from the voyage of Odysseus. Create a sequence of sounds matched to these events.

Teaching Outcomes
To use knowledge of the oceans in music making.
To use imagination to create a piece of music to demonstrate mood and emotion.

Children will:

  • Use sea mythology as a stimulus for music.
  • Create and perform music in relation to mood and emotion.

You Will Need

  • The story of Odysseus (from session 1)
  • A selection of instruments (see the presentation for ideas)

Session 3 Mythological movement mysteries

Objectives

Geography

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, globes, aerial photographs.
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

English

  • Gain awareness of stories with the setting of the ocean.

PE

  • Use stories as a stimulus to create a movement storyboard for planning a sequence in dance.

Teaching and Activities

Inspired by the story of Odysseus, create a storyboard of movements ready for a dance performance.

Teaching Outcomes
To use knowledge of the oceans in music making.
To analyse mythological stories.
To plan a sequence in dance using stories and music as a stimulus.

Children will:

  • Use sea mythology as a stimulus for dance.
  • Plan and evaluate movement ideas using the story of Odysseus.

You Will Need

  • The story of Odysseus (from session 1)

Session 4 Mythological movement

Objectives

Geography

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, globes and aerial photographs.
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

Music

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

PE

  • Use stories and music as a stimulus to create a sequence of movements in dance.

Teaching and Activities

Listen to music related to the sea; Work in a group to develop a dance sequence telling the story of Odysseus.

Teaching Outcomes
To use knowledge of the oceans in music making.
To analyse mythological stories.
To perform a sequence in dance using stimulus and improve performance through observation. performance.

Children will:

  • Use sea mythology and music as a stimulus for dance.
  • Evaluate performances using specific dance vocabulary.

You Will Need

  • The story of Odysseus (from session 1)
  • Movement storyboard template (from session 3)