Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse

Leo and the Gorgon's Curse

This is another great whole class reading pack, this time linked to Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse. It’s no secret we are HUGE fans of  Joe Todd-Stanton and this is another one of his books we are covering!

Join Leo as he takes on mythical monsters from an Ancient Greece in his own unique way, adhering to the Brownstone code.

A fantastic book to accompany a topic on Ancient Greece.

Main Focus: Front Cover Analysis

This is a great introduction to the book and our questions enable your class to get think about the story. Characters involved, storyline, etc.

We have included multiple choice questions too for this activity to encourage a greater depth of thinking.


Other Discussion Points:

  • What is a curse?
  • Notice the writing is more like symbols and shapes opposed to proper letters.
  • The Gorgon’s eyes are shining bright, and the boy is covering himself with his shield. Wonder why?
  • There is a day side to the the left and a night side to the right. Wonder why?

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Main Focus: Proper Nouns

This is a useful resource to introduce your class to the book as it covers the first few pages, whilst working on proper nouns.

Your Year 3 / Year 4 class must edit the passage to find the proper nouns that are missing capital letters.

You can never go over capital letters enough!! Grr!

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension (Pages 10-15)

In this reading resource, your LKS2 class are challenged to read the extract and meanings and then identify the words to match each meaning.

We have differentiated this resource three ways to include reduced text, words and meanings.


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Main Focus: Character Study (Pages 10-29)

This is a character study resource that focuses on Leo. We learn a lot about characters through their actions, and that is the basis for this whole class / guided reading activity.

Your class will read the different events from the story and decide what each event teaches us about Leo. Your class can write their own ideas or you can give them our multiple choice resource sheets.

For example:

Leo saw the dreaded sea serpent and mustered all his might and ran towards it with a stick.
This tells us

a. that Leo thought he could defeat the serpent with a stick.
b. that Leo is a bit crazy and doesn’t always think before doing.

Leo is focused, loyal and determined, with a sprinkle of stupidity, naivety and spontaneity thrown in.

It might be a good challenge at the end to ask your class to sum up Leo in one sentence.

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Main Focus: Finding Evidence

In this activity linked to Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse, your class must find evidence from the book to back up the information in each statement.

This resource focuses on the events between pages 26-36. This is from when the girl helps the sea serpent up to Leo making the Sphinx a toy using spare quills.

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Main Focus: Synonyms (Pages 36-41)

In this activity, your class will read the sentences carefully and find synonyms for the underlined words.

Some lovely vocabulary has been used by the author and it is useful for your class to recognise it and perhaps find similar meaning alternatives.

We have included a multiple choice resource for this activity to cater for your Y3 and Y4 class.

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Main Focus: Comprehension P46-53

This is a comprehension activity linked to the book Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse and focuses on pages 46 to 53.

Your LKS2 Year 3 / Year 4 class will use their understanding to answer the questions. We have differentiated this a few ways and included a multiple choice activity.

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