Myths and Legends!

Arthur, the young boy who pulled the sword from the stone to claim the crown of England. Robin, the hooded outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Zorro, the swashbuckling swordsman with a secret identity and a heart for the lowest peasant. Theseus, who ferociously battled the minotaur before finding his way out of the labyrinth. Achilles, the heroic warrior who fought in the battle of Troy, only to be killed by an arrow in his heel. And the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus - Apollo, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus! All of these and many more are fantastic characters from myth and legend!

Year 5 and 6, your task this Christmas is to research a character or creature from myth or legend and comment at least 100 words to tell us about them. Once you have told us the name of your chosen character, here are some ideas of what you could write about:

1) Who are they? Why are they famous? What did they do?
2) What are their strengths? What do you like about them?
3) What are their weaknesses? Did they have a downfall?

We all look forward to reading your writing over the coming days (Deadline: Friday 6th January) and then seeing your costumes that first week back! This topic promises to be brilliant!

But before then, from all the Upper Junior staff, have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Comments that people have made about this blog post

Comment 1 Comment by Harvie I on 16 Dec 11 at 8:52pm | Quote this comment
King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, who, according to Medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. King Arthur lived in Tintagel in Cornwall UK. He had 12 knights of the round table and they were : Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Perceval, Sir Kay, Sir Gawain, Sir Gaheris, Sir Gareth, Sir Agravaine, Sir Bors, Sir Tristan, Sir Lamorak, Sir Bedivere. Many of the knights were King Arthurs relatives. King Arthur is mostly know for pulling the sword Excalibur out of a rock in the myth of King Arthur.

Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year . :roll:
Comment 2 Comment by Stephanie F on 20 Dec 11 at 12:59pm | Quote this comment
Medusa was an ugly creature.But she wasn't always that ugly...
Medusa was the daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children of Gaia (Earth) and Okeanos (Ocean). She was one of the three sisters called the Gorgons. The other two sisters were Sthenno and Euryale. Medusa was the only one out of the three who could'nt live forever. She was very beautiful and lived in the north where there was no sun. Being very curious, she wanted to see the sun, and asked the Goddess Athena if she could go to the south. Athena refused to let her visit. Medusa got very angry and said that the only reason Athena wouldn't let her go was because she was jealous of her beauty. Athena was extremely annoyed and punished her by turning her hair into snakes and cursing her by making her so ugly that who ever looked at her eyes would turn into stone.

Happy Christmas everyone and have fantastic new year!!!!! :lol:
See you soon!
Comment 3 Comment by Molly C on 20 Dec 11 at 6:12pm | Quote this comment
Aphrotide is the Greek god of love,beauty,pleasure and procreation.The Romans called her the goddess Venus.When Aprodite was born she (amazingly) rose out of the sea in a cloud of foam!
She is known to be the most beautiful goddes in Olympia... Aphrodite was kind and all But she also wanted revenge on people who were mean to her.She was liked by everybody, gods ,goddesses and mortals, sometimes Aphrodites beauty made others jealous!

When the god Eris instigated a fight by causing Aphrodite,Athena and Hera to argue about who was the fairest and prettiest,Paris (another Greek god) was to be the judge.All three goddesses tried to bribe Paris to let them win...Paris liked Aphrodite's bribe the most, which ment that Helen would fall in love with him! When Aphrodite lost a beauty contest, against a goddess called Cale she turned into a ugly old woman!

by Molly-Merry Christmas All and a Happy Knew Year! See You All Soon!
Comment 4 Comment by Carly U on 22 Dec 11 at 5:05pm | Quote this comment
Medusa is the daughter of Phorkey's and Keto she has a broad round face somtimes showing tuks,with hair made of alive snakes.She can stop anything in it's tracks.Her served head will turn anything into stone including those who see it by accident. She used to be beautiful but Athena was so jealous she put a curse on Medusa which made her amazing hair turn to snakes so whoever made contact with her eyes would to stone. While Medusa was looking for Perseus in her lare he managed to trick her by making her stop and seeing her reflection in his sheild which then allowed him to cut of her head with his powerful sword.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Comment 5 Comment by Matthew T on 26 Dec 11 at 10:24am | Quote this comment
The Minotaur was an ancient Greek monster that was half-man half-bull. He lived in a giant maze called a labyrinth under the Greek island of Crete. Every nine years the Cretan king Minos ordered seven girls and seven boys from the Greek island of Athens to be shipped to Crete and fed to the Minotaur. One year the prince of Athens, who was called Theseus, asked his father, the king of Athens, if he could go to Crete and try to kill the Minotaur. His father agreed but told him and the crew that when they sailed back, they should raise white sail if Theseus had survived and killed the Minotaur and a black sail if he had not. They promised they would. So Theseus was shipped to Crete. As he lay in the dungeon, he heard someone come in. It was the Cretan king’s daughter. “Theseus, I know a way to safely navigate the labyrinth but I will only tell you if you promise to marry me.” She whispered. Theseus agreed and she gave him a ball of string. “Tie this to the door and once you’ve killed the Minotaur, roll it up again and it will lead you back to the door.” The next day Theseus did this and killed the Minotaur. However, on their journey back they forgot to raise a white sail and when the Athenian king saw he jumped off a cliff and died.
Matthew T
Comment 6 Comment by Hayden B on 01 Jan 12 at 10:16am | Quote this comment
Hercules is a Greek myth. He was the son of a woman named Alcmene and the god Zeus. He grew up to become the world's strongest man. He married a woman named Megara and had two children. However, Hera was angry at Zeus, she was his wife and she didn't want him to have children with other people.

So one day she sent madness to Hercules so that he went so crazy that he killed his wife and two children! When Hera freed Hercules of his madness he realised what he had done and went straight to Apollo the sun god to ask what to do for the gods to forgive him. Apollo said "the gods will forgive you if you do twelve hard jobs for Eurystheus, the king of Argos." - these were called the twelve labours of Hercules. The labours he had to do were: Nemean Lion, Hydra, Keryneian Stag, Erymanthian Boar, Augean Stables, Stymphalian Birds, Cretan Bull, Diomedes' Mares, Hippolyta's Belt, Geryon's Cattle, Antaeus, and Golden Apples of the Hesperides.

by, Hayden
Comment 7 Comment by Abi B on 01 Jan 12 at 7:05pm | Quote this comment
St George
St George is famous for his wonderful courage and his amazing sword work when he fought the dragon. St George is the patron saint of England, and the red cross of St. George is on the national flag. In England, his day is the 23rd of April. St George is also the patron saint of several other countries, including Canada, China, Greece, Russia, Portugal, Palestine, Ethiopia, Serbia, and Montenegro. One country is even named after him – and that’s the Georgia which is situated between Russia and Turkey. St George is often painted as a knight in armor from the Middle Ages, but in fact born long before those times, when the Romans still ruled much of the world. The story was popular in the Middle East and it was picked up by the Crusaders when they went out to that part of the world.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy new year :lol:
Abbie. B
Comment 8 Comment by Hal S on 02 Jan 12 at 12:34pm | Quote this comment
Before Theseus became king of Athens,his Earthly father, Aegeus, ruled, but before him were a confusing series of men or part-men part-snake creatures created in unusual ways. one way to account for the importance of a trio of these early kings of Athens is to say that the first kin, instituted marriage and civilised the people of area by forming them into a city. The second king, Erichthonius -- whose early care was entrusted to athena who put him in a basket of snakes, perhaps because he, too, was part serpentine -- pulled the people he ruled together into a political unit. Theseus took this political unit and added to it the countryside of attica making Athens the capital of the region.

by Hal Smillie
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy new year!!!!!!
Comment 9 Comment by Mr Ryan on 02 Jan 12 at 8:01pm | Quote this comment
Hal, your last post had no value so I deleted it. Please stick to the blogging guidelines discussed with your teacher when using smilies etc

Class China: Plagiarism is not something we encourage on the blogs as it is passing off someone else's work as your own... and that's not fair to them. Please write your own thoughts, folks. Afterall, how will you ever get to become better writers if all you do is copy and paste other people's work?
Comment 10 Comment by Christopher P on 03 Jan 12 at 11:01am | Quote this comment
Why Apollo is famous.
One of the 12 Olympians of Greek myth, Apollo is the God of light, youth, beauty and prophesy. One of Apollo’s greatest deeds was the killing of serpent Python, the feared beast residing in the hills near Delphi. Apollo came down from Mount Olympus and with his silver bow and golden arrows, he slayed the beast in one shot to save the people of the land.
One of Apollo’s down falls was mocking Eros saying he had no archery skill. So Eros shot one arrow at Apollo which made infatuated with the sea nymph Daphne. Then he shot another at Daphne which made her not love anyone.
What I like about Apollo is his courage for fighting the feared beast, Python and his kindness for the people of the land and defeating Python and making the land save for the people

By Chris p happy new year!
Comment 11 Comment by Mrs Galvin on 03 Jan 12 at 8:31pm | Quote this comment
Well done to all those children who have posted their comments about a character from a myth or legend. For those who haven't yet, don't forget the deadline is this Friday 6th January. Hope the costumes are coming on well!
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
Happy New Year.

Mrs Galvin
Comment 12 Comment by Teya Q on 04 Jan 12 at 6:23pm | Quote this comment
Medusa was a maiden. she lived in the city of Athens in Grease. She had 3 sisters she was considered the most beautifulest girl in the whole city. Medusa was very proud of her beauty she didn’t speak of much else. Every day she would go around the city boasting to everyone that she was the most prettiest in the city. One day she went to a temple, she was rude and also she kept saying that she was prettier than the sculptures. There was a little shadow Medusa saw it, it was Athena. Medusa also said that she was prettier than Athena. This made Athena so cross and angry. These are the words that Athena said to make Medusa ugly “beauty fades swiftly in all mortals, it does not comfort the sick, teach the unskilled or feed the hungry and by my power’s your loveliness will be ripped away completely”
Comment 13 Comment by Tom C on 05 Jan 12 at 4:47pm | Quote this comment
Sir Gawain and the Green knight
I like the Green knight because he is a mountain of a man who would not flinch at a wrecking ball about to hit him in his green hairy face!
In this legend The Green Knight sets a challenge, that someone must strike at his neck with a great axe. Sir Gawain said he would… and he did ….. Sir Gawain raised the axe above his head and bought it down with as much force as a man his size could muster.
The green knights challenge was to test Sir Gawains courage, the legend also shows how important honesty and loyalty are between knights.
Some historians believe that The Green Knight and The Green Man are the same person.
Comment 14 Comment by Grace W on 05 Jan 12 at 6:32pm | Quote this comment

The Cyclops were just like humans but they had one large eye in the middle of their forehead and they were gigantic. There were three main Cyclops. Bromtes who produced thunder, Steropes who produced lightening and Arges who sent light. The Cyclops were born to Gaea and her son Uranus but they had other children including the twelve Titans.
The Cyclops were the first blacksmiths and volcanoes were believed to be what was left of their work. They didn’t really have any weaknesses but were all either killed or injured in battle. Apollo killed at least one of the Cyclops in revenge for Zeus (king of the gods) killing his son Aesculapius.
Comment 15 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:44am | Quote this comment

King Leonidas was a very honoured king having died in the battle of
Themopylae. This happened in 480 B.C. King Leonidas was famous for what he
did when Greece was being threatened by Persia. At that time there was a
lot of argument between the many Cities in Greece. But king Leonidas just
said "We need to do something about this before we all get attacked!"
set out knowing that he would not return. He gathered the 300 willing
Spartans and prepared for the attack!

The Greeks chose a narrow strip of ground between the sea and the mountains
to stop the invading army. In total their 7000 Greeks were attacked by the
army of Xerxes, maybe as many as 250000 soldiers. For the 7 days that
followed the determined Greeks stood their ground, but then they were
betrayed. As soon as king Leonidas heard of this he sent half of his
remaining troops back to save the army. The 3000 or so troops that were left
behind to guard the Themopylae passage got massacred by the huge amount
remaining Persians. The same happened to the troops sent back...the Greeks
were defeated!
Comment 16 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:46am | Quote this comment
Archie's contribution...

Quoting Archie S:
The Loch Ness Monster
Also known as Nessie is said to be a monster that lives in a loch(the Scottish word for lake) in the highlands of Scotland.
Many people have seen the monster over the years and many have searched for it in boats with machines called sonars but it has never been found. Scientists argue about it's existance or whether it is a monster fish, dinosaur or a dragon.
People have taken photo's but they have never been proven to be the monster.
The search continues....
Comment 17 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:47am | Quote this comment
It appears some of you are posting externally. Please use your username and passwords otherwise your comments won't be automatically published. If you have lost these then you need to let your class teachers know immediately please.
Comment 18 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:48am | Quote this comment
By Olivia T...
Quoting Olivia T:
Pandora was a beautiful woman who was about to get married to Epimetheus. After they were married, Zeus (Epimetheus's dad) gave Pandora a little carved wooden box. He told to Pandora that she should never open the box in her entire life! Epimetheus hid it in a very dark place, so that Pandora would not find it. One day, Pandora woke up very early and tried to find the little wooden box. Suddenly, she saw out of the corner of her eye, a little wooden box in the darkest corner of the room. Pandora picked it up and tried to open it, but it wouldn't open because it was a locked. She found a tool to break it. She opened it very slowly. Suddenly, there was a terrible screaming, wailing noise. Out of the box came a long stream of horrible things. There was hate and jealousy, cruelty and anger, hunger and poverty, pain and sickness, old age and death! Just as she was trying to close the lid, she saw somthing fluttering out of the box - it was hope.
Comment 19 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:49am | Quote this comment
By Ismay...

Quoting Ismay L:
Helen of Troy. She was the daughter of the god Zeus and the Queen of Sparta. She was the most beautiful woman in the whole world and all the men wanted to marry her. Her stepfather, the King of Sparta, was a bit concerned about how they would react to her choice, so he got them to sign a slip of paper to make sure they didn't fight with the man that she chose. They were put through a series of athletic events to see who she would choose. She chose Menelaus, and they got married. Then Paris, who was a Prince of Troy, came to visit and he fell in love with her and that night he persauded her to come back with him to Troy and when Menelaus found out he was full of rage and that's when the Trojan war started. Menelaus led the war with many of the Greek leaders that signed the slip of paper. happy 2012 everyone in school
Comment 20 Comment by Mr Ryan on 09 Jan 12 at 11:49am | Quote this comment
By Denny P...

Quoting Denny P:
The story of Perseus

The king Polydectes fell in love with Danae, who was the mother of Perseus. Danae didn’t love the king though, he was overweight, had bad breath and was nasty to his people.

The king would have forced her to marry him, but he was afraid of Perseus because he was strong, popular and quick tempered. So he tricked Perseus into a quest to get the head of a Gorgan.

Anyone looking at a Gorgan is instantly turned to stone. So Perseus used a mirror to chop the Gorgans head off and put it in a sack. When he returned he tricked Polydectes to look in the sack and he was instantly turned to stone.

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