Theseus and the Minotaur
This week, we have been reading the ancient Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur. After hearing the story for the first time, the children got themselves into character and had fun making freeze frame pictures of the main events in the story.
Here are a few of their pictures:
After collecting some great vocabulary to use in their writing, the children rewrote the story. Here are some extracts from their wonderful writing:
Long ago, there was a cruel, vicious king sat on a throne of glittering gold. Sometimes, even in the dead of night, the gold edges would light the damp room of King Minos. King Minos owned a bloodthirsty monster called ‘The Minotaur’. The Minotaur lived in a maze called the labyrinth. Every year, seven terrified girls and seven terrified boys entered the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur.
Long long ago in ancient Greece, there was an evil king called Minos, a bloodthirsty, uncaring brute. He had a crazy, half bull, half man beast. Every year, he would make the other rulers give him seven terrified boys and seven terrified girls to go to the Minotaur but one year Theseus said, “I’ll go.” The King of Athens tried to argue with him but he went to the guards and got chained up.
The children from Athens were terrified as the King of Athens was carefully choosing who to send to be eaten by the Minotaur. Everyone was as still as ice. Once he had finished choosing, Theseus quickly said “I’ll go.” The King tried to stop him but it was too late. The guards took him.
King Minos locked everyone up. Some of the children were petrified. Theseus tried to cheer them up but he was scared too. He regretted saying he would kill the Minotaur with his bare hands. Suddenly, Theseus heard someone call his name. “Theseus, Theseus,” the voice whispered and unlocked the door. “My name is Ariadne, daughter of King Minos. I can help you kill the Minotaur, but only if you promise me I can come with you and also you can marry me!” Theseus agreed but he crossed his fingers behind his back.
The ball of string bounced twice and started to unroll. Theseus followed it hoping to find the Minotaur. Every corner had an eerie shadow. Then a bull’s head shadow loomed on the floor. After the ball of string ran out, Theseus was terrified. He got out his sword and ran out of his hiding place.
Theseus found himself in the heart of the labyrinth. Suddenly he heard a colossal thump as a huge, no enormous, beast charged towards him. Just in time, Theseus bravely spun around narrowly dodging the bloodthirsty Minotaur’s blow.
And here is a fantastic picture of the Minotaur that William drew:
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