Saturday, 7 January 2012

Barry learns about the Ancient Greeks

Hello everyone, sorry I haven't written (typed) for a while but as most of you know I had a broken arm after a very dodgy game in the playground a few weeks back but it is getting much better now.

Before the holidays I had the best time ever when I learned all about the Ancient Greeks at the Year 6 Greek open day. It was such a lot of fun and there were so many people. Year 6 were there of course but the rest of the school came to visit, so did parents, governors, other head teachers and visitors too.

Year 6 had gone a little bit crazy and had decorated not only their classroom but corridors and stairways too. Everything was set up like a proper museum and you were met by curators who gave you an ipod to be able to learn even more about the museum artefacts using QR codes.

There were so many different things to look at. I learned all about Greek gods, pottery, myths, writing, maths, geography and books to read even before I got into the classrooms. The QR codes were fantastic as I could look at some of the children's work and then using my ipod find out more information about each item on the internet. The curators were really helpful and friendly and just outside the classroom there was even a shop where you could buy flags, postcards and a Greek newspaper.

Year 6 Greek Museum on PhotoPeach

In 6JC there were lots of different activities to try. The Year 1 children especially seemed to have the most fun and everybody who visited was very excited because they all left with their own greek artefacts that they could make. 

6DY Greek plays on PhotoPeach

Next door in 6DY there were 2 Greek plays that were repeated many many times throughout the day so that everyone could see them. The year 6 children had written them and directed them by themselves and they were brilliant. 6DY did their own version of Theseus and the Minataur and 6JC did Persephone and the Pomegranite. There was even a Greek cafe so that you could have some refreshments whilst you watched the plays. 

It was a really fun day. My favourite activity was making the ebook using the e2bn Story Creator software. 

Did you come to the Greek day? What was your favourite activity?


  1. Mrs Conway 6JC Miriam Lord7 January 2012 at 22:15

    I did enjoy making the e-books too however the highlight of Greek day for me had to be Safyan's outstanding performance as Perspehone in the Greek play. He was a real star!

  2. Γεια σας, Έτος 6.

    One of my favourite subjects when I was in high school was Ancient History. Part of our studies was about Ancient Greece and the member states.

    I found the history fascinating as the civilisations rose, battled with each other and other powers, worshipped their gods, created their art and crafts and introduced ideas into mathematics and politics. Today we can still see many examples of the culture of the Ancient Greeks as well as the friendly Greek people.

    Did you know it is claimed the second highest city population claiming to have Greek heritage is Melbourne in Australia? It's said to be second only to Athens so Greek heritage has become an important part of Australia's cultural heritage too. :)

    With names such as Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Hipporates and Homer (No, he has nothing to do with Homer Simpson), Greek culture has given our world so much. Perhaps my favourite of all is Aesop because of the famous fables credited to him.

    Your art and craft works based on the Greek look brilliant as do the costumes for your Greek plays. I can see your Greek Day would have been great fun for all.

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  3. Sorry about the arm Barry. Glad to hear it is on the mend.

    Wow! I'm so glad you were able to share this great project. I love the way that Yr6 decorated most of the school with their amazing work on the Ancient Greeks. I have to say that it is one of my favourite topics. I always fancied lying on a settee and having someone peel me a grape! :)

  4. I bet everyone at school had a lot of fun! Ancient Greece is one of my favourite topics, but I also love the way you choose to show what you've learnt.

    Great work!

    Pablo Demarchi