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Eventually, you are going to get bored of watching TV... but we will not be able to go outside as much as we normally do. So what can you do to fill the time? Read everything you can! Books can help you to escape into new worlds of your imagination!

Fairlight Reading Journals

Why not also make your own reading journal or diary: you can design book covers, make posters and fact files, draw your favourite characters, write your own stories about 'what happens next?'! We have uploaded a Book Journal Ideas Sheet for you to help! We have also uploaded our Fairlight Reading Journey sheet to help your child to record their great reading and to think about the favourite things they have read. Try to encourage your child to complete one every week.

Autumn: War Horse

As the world slips into war and we join the army to go to the trenches of the Western Front, what was it like for the many animals who also served in that terrible conflict? We will be reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo to find out, and to inspire our War Short Stories.

Spring: The Official Astronaut's Handbook

During the Spring Term in our topic, we will be training to be astronauts in Star City in Russia. Luckily, famous British astronaut Tim Peake has written an Astronaut's handbook to give you lots of top tips!

Spring: Diary of a Space Chimp

Did you know that animals were the first creatures to go into space? We have uploaded the school version of Diary of a Space Chimp by Andrew Rosenstein, so that you can find out what happened to Ham and Enos the Chimponauts...


Summer: Greek Myths & Legends

Our new topic is going to be Ancient Greece! Here are some exciting Greek myths and legends to read. We will be writing our own myths and legends, so these may give you some great ideas for plots and characters.

Many myths and legends from ancient Greece and around the world share similar features (the theory called the 'monomyth' or 'one story'). It's interesting to look for them as you read different myths and legends. For example, those three witches from Macbeth that I mentioned in our Wizarding World literacy turn up time and again, such as in the story of Perseus and Medusa. Use this Features of Myths and Legends Chart to spot the shared features and to note examples. You might even start noticing these mythical features in other stories, such as a certain space film series: "He's nothing but a crazy, old space wizard, Luke!"

Myths and legends were spoken stories. They could change depending upon who was telling the story. There are some examples of different tellings of the same story below. Read and listen to each version: what do you notice changes? Why might that be?

There will be more Greek myths and legends, such as Jason and the Argonauts and The Odyssey as we manage to convert some more of the ones we like to read at school into a downloadable format for you!

Theseus & The Minotaur

Each year, young men and women from the Greek city of Athens are sent to the island of Crete, where the powerful King Minos sends them into a huge maze, known as the Labyrinth to a terrible fate! One year, the Prince of Athens, Theseus, decides to go with them... A great story, especially when we meet the clever Princess Ariadne, one of the wisest herai (heroines) in Greek myth. There is more to the story of the Minotaur too...

Daídalos and Ikaros

Daídalos (Daedalus to the Romans), great inventor of the Labyrinth in the legend of the Minotaur, decides in this myth that he cannot continue to work for the cruel King Minos of Crete. He plans to escape with his son Ikaros (Icarus to the Romans). Will they make it?

Theseus and the Minotaur | Ancient Greek Mythology Stories | - YouTube

Theseus & the Minotaur (BBC School History)

Theseus & the Minotaur Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Theseus & the Minotaur Written Tale

Theseus & The Minotaur Powerpoint Story

Theseus & The Minotaur Storytelling Cards


Can you answer these questions about the story?

 Theseus and the Minotaur Qus.docx


Daedalus & Icarus Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Daedalus & Icarus Written Tale

Daedalus & Icarus Powerpoint Story

Daedalus & Icarus Storytelling Cards

Daedalus & Icarus told by Amy Adkins


Pandora's Box

Have you ever been told not to do something, but wanted to do it anyway... especially because someone told you not to? Did you ever wonder if it was for your own good? Pandora finds out in this story...

Arachne the Spinner

Do you have a talent? Are you really good at something? How might it make other people feel? How might they react? Will they be proud of you and complement your skill, or be jealous? Arachne is about to find out how Athene feels about her spinning and weaving of tapestries!

Pandora's Box Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Pandora's Box Written Tale

Pandora's Box Storytelling Cards

The Myth of Pandora told by Iseult Gillespie

Arachne the Spinner Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Arachne the Spinner Written Tale

Arachne told by Iseult Gillespie


Perseus, Medusa & Andromeda

Now this is an interesting tale with more than one side to it... and the telling has certainly changed over the centuries. Take Medusa. She's a terrifying monster, yes? But what if you read the story of Arachne first, and then I told you that Medusa was once a kind young woman: a priestess of Athena who one night, tired from her devotion, fell asleep, and forgot to light a candle to the goddess - who turned her into the creature we are told to fear...and then generously gives Perseus the shield he needs to kill her?... Then, find out how Perseus fell in love with Andromeda, the black princess of the African Kingdom of Kush, considered more beautiful than the Nereids of the sea, and rescued her from a monster sent by the jealous sea god Poseidon.


Perseus & Medusa Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Perseus & Medusa Written Tale

Perseus & Medusa Powerpoint Story

Grown-ups Note: Andromeda is a clear-cut example of where, despite it being clearly stated in the works of Herodotus and Ovid and many other ancient Greek poets, later generations from the Hellenistic and Roman period onward first assumed Andromeda was Greek and thus of similar skin-tone to themselves, and then even began to change her origin in the myth to somewhere in Thrace to fit this misconception. In the Hellenistic period of Greece, the changes to Andromeda's origins were openly questioned and satirised in Heliodorus' romance, Aethiopica, which tells of the Aethiopian (Kushite) Queen Persinna, who while pregnant, looks at a painting of Andromeda shown as a Greek, which magically transforms the skin of her own daughter Chariclea, but for a patch on her forearm. When translated in 1547, however, this story simply confirmed for European classicists at the time that Andromeda was white-skinned like them. By the Renaissance, the misconception had long overwhelmed the textual reality, and painters and sculptors represented Andromeda as a white European like themselves, informing all of our representations of damsels being rescued from dragons.


Getting locked in towers to be rescued? Not for Atalanta! How about defeating a giant boar, fighting in the Trojan War, and perhaps even sneaking aboard the Argo with Jason's Argonauts? She is quite simply the greatest hera (heroine) in ancient Greece! Don't take my word for it: just ask Hercules, or Jason! She's the inspiration for Wonder Woman!

Demeter, Persephone and Hades

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you've got to do is call! In ancient times, before people had discovered the scientific reason for things happening (phenomena) in the world, they might make a myth to explain it. This myth was one way that ancient Greeks imagined the cause of the seasons of the year.


Atalanta Written Tale

Demeter, Persephone & Hades Animated Telling (E2BN Read along)

Demeter, Persephone & Hades Written Tale




King Midas

Goldfinger: he's the man with the Midas touch! was a song based on this tale! King Midas is given the chance to make a wish for anything he could desire. Does he choose wisely? And there's more about the comical king. Do you know what then happened to his ears?...

The Myth of Sisyphus

I'm running up that hill! Have you ever had a really difficult task to do, that you thought would never end? Well, Sisyphus knows exactly how you feel! His life is an uphill battle all the way!


The Myths of King Midas told by Iseult Gillespie

King Midas Powerpoint Story

King Midas Written Tale


The Myth of Sisyphus told by Iseult Gillespie


Prometheus & The Secret of Fire!
Come on, Hades, light my fire! Once, while the gods lived a life of luxury on Mount Olympus, humans lived simple lives below. Prometheus decided to do something to help them, so he steals the secret of fire from the Gods and gives it to men. What happened when Zeus and the other gods found out what Prometheus had done? This story takes place before the story of Pandora's Box... which is a kind of revenge Zeus played on him! Read that myth again after this one to understand why!

Hephaestus & Talos
I am iron man! Hephaestus was the blacksmith of the Gods of Olympus. He was married to Aphrodite, the goddess of love - who didn't like him because he was lame in one leg and considered not handsome. Hephaestus was, however, incredibly intelligent and an amazing inventor. This is the story of Talos, one of his greatest creations - and what happened to him when he met the Argonauts on their voyage...

Converting The Myth of Prometheus & The Secret of Fire Converting The Myth of Talos told by Adrienne Mayor


Orpheus & Eurydice in the Underworld
Don't look back in anger, I heard you say! Love conquers all, some say... but will it save Eurydice when Orpheus, the famous musician, travels into the Underworld to rescue her soul from the kingdom of Hades?

Eros & Psyche
Cupid, draw back your bow; and let your arrow go! Cupid is the Roman name for the Greek god of falling in love, Eros! He looks like a little baby nowadays, but the tale has changed in the telling!

Orpheus & Eurydice in the Underworld Converting Eros & Psyche

Jason & The Argonauts: the Quest for the Golden Fleece!

All that glitters is not gold... well. Jason wants to find out when he is sent on what seems like an impossible mission: to obtain the Golden Fleece from the Kingdom of Colchis on the coast of the Black Sea. So Jason gathers a band of the greatest adventurers in all Greece to sail aboard his ship, the Argo, and names his crew the Argonauts! Amongst them are Hercules, Orpheus, and some versions mention that Atalanta, recommended by her friend Hercules, was amongst the crew... and if she isn't in a version you read, ask why! There are only three small problems: Colchis is far away from Greece; the King of Colchis doesn't want to sell it and is sure Jason will try to steal it; and it is guarded by fearsome creatures and the King's magic! Then, if they do get the Fleece, how will Jason and Medea, the king's daughter, escape... and what terrible decision will they make to do so? What is a hero, and are you a hero if you do something wrong?


The Story of Jason & The Argonauts told by Iseult Gillespie!

Usborne Young Reading: Jason and the Argonauts!

The Iliad: Tales of the Trojan War!

The Iliad is one of the most famous great (epic) poems of ancient Greece. It was composed by someone called Homer.

One day, Helen, wife of King Menelaus, runs away with the handsome Paris, Prince of the city of Troy. In a fury, Menelaus demands that all the cities of Greece join him in a great war against the Trojans. Many famous heroes of Greek myth take part: Agamemnon and Menelaus, Achilles, Patroclus, Priam and Hector, Pyrrhus, Odysseus and his close friend and herald Eurobates the Good, Penthesilea the Queen of the Amazons, Atalanta, Aeneus and Memnon, King of Aethiopia (Kush).

Absolutely none of them listen to the warnings of wise Cassandra, sister of Helen, that this is all a very bad idea! For she has been cursed by the god Apollo so that, although she tells the truth, no one shall ever believe her advice! If only they had listened!

The war is not won easily, and drags on for ten long, bloody years of battle and boring siege, leading to the death of many famous heroes. Then, just they are thinking of giving up and going home for good, a Greek general called Odysseus - King of the small island of Ithaca - has a cunning plan... Oh, but the Gods will make sure that he pays for it later!


The Wooden Horse Powerpoint

Usborne Young Reading: The Wooden Horse by Russell Punter


The Odyssey: The Voyage home of Odysseus!

Homer composed and spoke a second epic poem as a sequel to the Illiad, called the Odyssey!

The war is over and Troy is defeated - all thanks to the wooden horse trick of Odysseus! Now he is looking forward to sailing home to the island of Ithaca, to see his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. He and his crew of ships head home. Looking for somewhere to shelter on the short trip home, Odysseus and his crew moor on an island and take a nap in an inviting cave - without first checking whether it already belongs to someone! For harming the mighty Cyclops that lives there, Odysseus is cursed by the god Poseidon (Neptune to the Romans) to become completely lost on his voyage home for 10 more long years and to have to survive many more dangers and temptations: the Lotus eaters, the nymph Calypso, the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, and seek the help of the sorceress Circe who, frankly, thinks Odysseus and his crew are real swine...


Odysseus and the Cyclops Powerpoint

Usborne Young Reading: The Odyssey!



 The Twelve Labours of Herakles!

You may have already read about Herakles (Hercules to the Romans) when he joined Jason as one of his Argonauts for a while. But before that, Herakles had an adventure of epic proportions. It began with a terrible tragedy, and involved Herakles having to complete twelve impossible tasks (well, thirteen actually!) set by the cunning King Eurystheus, in order to remove the curse of the goddess Hera and prove himself a hero that could overcome his shame and grief. It is a story about making amends for mistakes that we make in life, making a difference, and making our actions count for something. The Kings of Sparta loved the story so much that they claimed to be descended from Herakles!



Usborne Young Reading: Herakles the world's Strongest Man!

The 12 Labours of Hercules told as a computer game!


 Grown-ups: For a modern retelling of Greek myths that is well-worth reading, I recommend Circe by Madeline Miller!