The Story of Ala al-Din
Have you heard of Disney's version of this historical story - you know, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp?
Well, Ala al-Din and Aladdin are, in fact, the same person - and no, I didn't know that Aladdin's name was originally Ala al-Din either!
'The Story of Ala al-Din' is part of a collection of mythical stories, set in the Middle East during the 'Golden Age of Islam', called 1001 Arabian Nights. It is a warning tale told by Scheherazade, our quick-minded, imaginative main character and wonderful story-teller of 1001 magical tales.
It sounds great - 1001 exciting stories... But scratch beneath the surface and you will find deceit, greed, laziness, ignorance, bribery, corruption, heart-break, death, destruction and a fight for survival!
So that's what Banyan class are studying in English throughout the autumn term!