English KS2: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Episode 1

1: At the court of King Arthur

King Arthur and the court at Camelot are celebrating Christmas.

King Arthur wishes for some kind of Christmas story or game... and at that moment the Green Knight enters. He offers a challenge for one of the knights to give him a single blow with his axe, on condition that he may return the blow exactly one year and a day later.

Teacher Notes

This series can be used to increase pupils' familiarity with a broad range of texts and narratives, including myths, legends and traditional stories and to make connections between these and other stories they are familiar with.

It will also support a broad range of writing objectives.

Curriculum Notes

This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at First and Second Level in Scotland.

More from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

2. The Green Knight's challenge
3. At the castle of Sir Bercilak
4. The exchange of gifts