KS2 English. Beowulf - Part 1

Hrothgar, King of the Danes, builds a new mead hall called Heorot for his people. But on the very first night of celebrations they are attacked by a monster called Grendel.

Episode 1: Hrothgar and his people are attacked by the monster, Grendel

Synopsis

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Hrothgar - King of the Danes - announces he is to build a new mead hall where his people can come together to celebrate. Construction takes two years but when the hall - called Heorot - is finally finished everyone agrees it is the most magnificent building.

That night there is a feast to celebrate. But out on the moor a monster is approaching - Grendel. Grendel breaks down the door of the hall and slaughters 30 of those inside, before escaping. He returns the following night and the carnage continues...night after night for twelve years.

Overseas in Geatland, a prince called Beowulf hears of the plight of the Danes. He goes to his own king - Hygelac - and asks permission to sale to Denmark to help Hrothgar against the monster.

Resources to support your study of Beowulf

Illustrated transcript
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Sequencing activity
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Line drawing - Heorot
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Line drawing - Beowulf
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Episodes

Beowulf - Episode 1
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Beowulf - Episode 2
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Beowulf - Episode 3
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