KS2 English: Viking Sagas. 1: Odin creates the world
1: Odin creates the world
First we meet our story-teller - Loki, Viking god of fire. He's a trickster and a shape-changer - 'Loki by name...jokey by nature.'
Loki's first story is an abridged adaptation of the Viking creation myth, focusing on Odin's role in creating the physical settings for the stories which then follow. Loki recalls how Odin first creates a land of frost and ice called 'Jotunheim' - a freezing land where he banishes his enemies, the giants. Then Odin creates 'Midgard' - a warm and pleasant land for the first humans. Finally Odin creates 'Asgard' - the shining citadel of the gods. And, as a final touch, he joins Asgard to Midgard with a bridge made from a rainbow.
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.
This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at First and Second Level in Scotland.