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Tales of the British Isles - UK Myths, Legends, Folklore, Customs

Helena England, BA Hons, PGCE, MA
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(195)
King Arthur, Robin Hood, giants, dragons, fairies, pirates, Stonehenge, the Loch Ness Monster, Morris Dancing and lots more from the culture and history of the UK in this ongoing class - come and join us!

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Each week we will focus on a myth, legend, folktale or custom from the British Isles. You may have heard some of them, and some of them may be new to you - either way, they are exciting and compelling.  It is possible to trace some of them to historical facts, while others are more ancient and their origins are more difficult to find.  In this ongoing class I will tell the story and relate it to the historical context too.
I have always been fascinated by the tales of old Britain, starting as a child when I read books on dragon and sea monster myths.  I studied the tropes of these myths and legends at university as part of my English Literature degree, and still enjoy reading books like The Mabinogion (old Welsh stories), The Orkneyinga Saga (stories from one of my favourite places, Orkney) and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (with links to the Arthurian legends). I find them compelling and exciting, and I love to pass them on to others. Folk traditions still play a large part of British culture, and I love to research them.  

I aim to make the classes relaxed and enjoyable, and to pass on my own enthusiasm for the subject!
Homework Offered
After the class, I will sometimes provide links to other resources that your child may be interested in to back up what they have found out in the lesson. Following them is not compulsory.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
At the end of each class the students will be given the chance to share what they have found most interesting about the topic.
Grades Offered
An optional blank fact file sheet will provided for the students to fill in during or after the class.
An optional blank UK map will be provided so the students can locate where the myth, legend, folktale or custom originated.
Lots of these myths and legends do contain monsters, bloodshed, violence, and sometimes romance. I want parents to be aware that these potentially sensitive themes are part of the stories I will be telling.  However, I will address these themes in an age-appropriate way  and although these issues may be an essential part of some of the stories, they are not the main thing I will focus on.  If you have any queries or concerns about a class, please contact me in advance and I can tell you what we will be covering.  
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(195)
Hello everyone!
My name is Helena, and I live in the UK.  It is my pleasure to share with my learners some of the best/worst/quirky bits of Britain through my own nerdiness for history and baking.  Enthusiasm, positivity, patience, joy, respect... 
Group Class


1x per week
40 min

Completed by 102 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
2-7 learners per class

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