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Week 9 - wb 22nd June

Here you will find your daily English lessons. Watch the video and complete the task set underneath. Make sure you send any work you complete to our Year 5 email


Lesson 1

Task: Create actions for our model text to help you learn it off by heart and perform them, just like we would in school!


Theseus and the Minotaur

Mr Durrant reading the model text and giving some ideas of how to commit it to memory

Theseus and the Minotaur Model Text

Maybe you could video yourself performing your actions or take a picture of you in action and send it to us on the Year 5 email. 


If you want an extra challenge, see if you can use a dictionary or the internet to find the definitions of words in the model text you don't understand.

Lesson 2

Task: Create a story map for our model text, using pictures to represent the key events in the story. 


Here's an example of a story map - can you create your own?

Story Map - Theseus and the Minotaur

Send a picture of your story map to our Year 5 email so we can see how amazing it is!


If you want an extra challenge, see if you can add some of the key vocabulary (maybe the words you researched yesterday, or the most interesting words) onto your story map in the correct place. Could you do this from memory, without checking the model text?

Lesson 3

Task: Sequence the key events of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.


Use the pictures below, either print them out or use the numbers to put the images into the correct order to retell the story. If you get stuck, look back at the model text to help! Once you've got the correct order, write a sentence for each picture to describe each key event. 

Sequencing Theseus and the Minotaur

Mr Durrant recapping how to create a story map and sequence our model text, Theseus and the Minotaur.

Send a picture of your sequencing and your sentences to our Year 5 email so we can see how you got on.


If you want an extra challenge, see if you can answer some of these true or false questions about the story! Make sure you explain why it's wrong, if you find a false statement.

Challenge Task: True and False Statements

Lesson 4

Task: Explore what we know from the text about the characters.


Select a character from Theseus and the Minotaur and use the text to find as much information as you can about them. You can use the template below to structure your ideas or simply do a mind map on a piece of paper. Here are some questions to get you thinking:


  • What does the text tell us about how they looked?
  • How did they feel when the Minotaur was killed?
  • What can you infer about their personality from the text?
  • What dilemmas (difficult decisions) did they face?​​​​​​​

Task - Character Worksheets

Send in your character profiles to our Year 5 email. 


If you want an extra challenge, have a go at answering the following questions. 

  • Why did Theseus run out of the labyrinth?
  • Why did Theseus grab Ariadne on his way off the island?
  • Why did King Aegeus jump from the cliff before the ship returned home?
  • What made Theseus forget to change the sails on the ship?
  • How do you think King Minos feels about the young people that are sacrificed?
  • How do you think King Aegeus feels about the young people that are sacrificed?
  • What made Theseus want to offer himself to be sacrificed?
  • How do you think the minotaur felt in the labyrinth?
  • How else could King Aegeus have reacted? How would this change the story?
  • How is the death of the minotaur significant in the story?

Task Resources: Pictures to Describe

Lesson 5 - SPaG 

Task: Write sentences including expanded noun phrases to describe a character. 



Use the pictures below or write a character's name in the middle of your page and label it with nounsDescribe your nouns with adjectives (remember to make aspirational vocabulary choices) and see if you can add a prepositional phrase.

Task Resources: Pictures to Describe

Friday SPaG Lesson - Expanded Noun Phases

Send in your incredible sentences into our Year 5 email!


If you want an extra challenge, I wonder if you could use these sentences to write a character description about one of the characters from Theseus and the Minotaur.


WAGOLL: The cumbersome minotaur, half man, half bull brandishes two gigantic, jagged horns on his monstrous head. He has knotted bushy fur that smells like rotten flesh. Covering his lean muscular torso is a ragged, stained loin cloth draping over his enormous hairy legs.