An uncertain weather forecast didn’t stop our toga wearing ‘Ancient Greeks’ arriving in fashion on Tuesday morning. With a whole host of activities ahead of them, the Year 6 children were beyond excited to begin their Trinity term topic.
We were transported back to the year 776BC to the city of Olympia, Ancient Greece where the boys and girls visited a range of ‘Athenians’ to explore important aspects of Ancient Greek life.
In one of their workshops, Year 6 had the exciting challenge of studying and translating the Greek Alphabet before writing their own name or messages in Greek whilst enjoying a tasty treat of Greek delicacies (tzatziki, pitta bread and olives). During the day, the children visited the Greek Theatre – a major part of Ancient Greek culture – where they learnt about the two main types of Greek plays: Tragedy and Comedy. Following this, they rehearsed and performed two Greek Legends, showcasing their theatrical talents. The children also designed their own Ancient Greek art: vases which were used to tell stories and were usually placed in homes. They focused on the Ancient Greek olympics and ensured their sport was expertly represented on their vase. The art focus didn’t stop there: children also explored mosaics of Spartan warriors and created their own Ancient Greek board game! Finally, a day exploring the Ancient Greeks wouldn’t have been complete without learning about their weapons. The catapult was invented in Syracuse as a new weapon when the city was under a two year siege from Athens. Like the Ancient Greek engineers, the children also came together to create their own catapults using a range of materials.
Although the weather may not have replicated that of Greece, the children certainly enjoyed a day of exploring what life was like for the Ancient Greeks thousands of years ago.