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Lower 2 Explore The World of Ancient Greece

11 June 2024

On Tuesday, Lower 2 pupils were treated to a full-day immersion into the culture, mythology, and innovations of Ancient Greece.

The morning began with pupils diving into the rich pantheon of Greek gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures. This was followed by a hands-on science activity where students used an Archimedes Screw, an ancient Greek invention, to move water from one container to another. One of the highlights of the morning was the challenge of hoisting a heavy goat-skin bag full of water onto their backs, simulating the daily tasks of a shepherd. 

After a morning full of exploration and physical activity, the afternoon session was dedicated to re-enacting one of the most famous stories from Greek mythology: the Trojan War. The pupils enthusiastically took on various roles, from gods and goddesses to heroes and warriors, bringing the epic tale to life. The re-enactment began with the fateful wedding of Peleus and Thetis, where the uninvited guest Eris sparked a divine argument over beauty between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. This dramatic moment set the stage for the ensuing conflict.

The story continued with Paris, prince of Troy, who became smitten with Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, leading to her abduction and the eventual siege of Troy. The pupils vividly portrayed the characters, from the love-struck Paris to the valiant Greek warriors.

There was a particularly brutal sword fight between Achilles and Hector, performed with remarkable enthusiasm and creativity by the students, later followed by a climatic fight between Paris and Menelaus. The fight scenes were a testament to the pupils' dedication to bringing the myth to life, showcasing their acting skills and understanding of the historical context.

Greek Day concluded with a reflective session where students discussed what they had learned and how the activities helped them connect with ancient Greek culture. The event was a resounding success, leaving the pupils with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of Ancient Greece.