Throughout Term 3 and 4, Year 5 are using storybook and film adaptations of an epic poem; Beowulf, in English.
The poem Beowulf tells of Beowulf the Geat, a warrior from Sweden, who travels to Denmark to end the twelve-year reign of terror of Grendel and Grendel's mother.
Beowulf (Old English - pronounced [be-oh-wulf]) is a legendary Geatish hero and later turned king in the epic poem named after him, one of the oldest surviving pieces of literature in the English language.
Scholars don’t know exactly when the unknown author wrote ‘Beowulf’, but many think it was first written down between AD 700-800. In about AD 1000, the Anglo Saxon scribes, who copied books by hand, produced a copy of the poem that still exists. The copy is very fragile as its pages are a thousand years old, but it is preserved in the British Library in London.