On Monday 24th June, Willow class dressed up and took their learning about Greeks over to Chiddingly School to share a whole day of ‘Hands on History’ with their Federation counterparts! In mixed school groups, the children rotated around three brilliant activities which gave them the opportunity to show off what they already knew, and build on their understanding of how the Ancient Greeks lived.
It’s safe to say that the shield and sword activity outside was a firm favourite – although not so much for the adults who got chased around by an angry mob of Spartan warriors! The children also got the chance to see some artefacts up close and thought carefully about what they were used for. The final activity involved comparing Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and trying out some Ancient Greek writing. They also spent some time learning about life at home and the Ancient Greek’s rather ‘original’ approach to medicine!
It was so lovely to have all three schools together with the staff and parent helpers sometimes finding it difficult to know which child was from which school as they all mixed together so well!
A huge thank you to our parent helpers and to all the parents for their efforts in the costumes; the children looked so fantastic and it really added to our day!
We would also like to say a massive THANK YOU to the PTFA who have given each class some money to spend over the year: Willow used their class pot to pay ‘Hands on History’ to come in and work with us. They were excellent and it really made a difference to the children to be able to have first-hand experiences of Ancient Greek life!
Impact and Knowledge Gained
The children empathised with Spartan warriors as they re-enacted a sword and shield fight. They also got the chance to see some artefacts up close and thought carefully about what they were used for. Finally, the children consolidated their previous learning in class about gods and godesses and had a go at writing with the Greek alphabet. They also spent some time learning about life at home and the Ancient Greek’s approach to medicine.