KS2 History: The Anglo-Saxons. 4: Beowulf - Part one
The first part of the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf.
4. Beowulf - Part one
Ensure you watch the Beowulf drama to assess its suitability before sharing with your group.
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.
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.