In the past we have done a variety of workshops, activities and projects on the Ancient Greeks, varying in length and involving mythology, warfare, art and drama. Below are some examples.
The Battle of Marathon.
This involves some prior workshops to produce, helmets, shields, spears and swords, followed by training in fighting as a phalanx, before re-enacting the famous victory overKing Darius’ Persian army in 490BCE
Children of Crich Car Primary School, Derbyshire prepare for battle
Play-in-a-Day: The Festival of Dionysus
The Festival of Dionysus was the ancient equivalent of the Cannes Film Festival, where the top playwrights , such as Euripedes and Sophocles unveiled their latest productions to the Athens public.
In a play-in-a-day (or an afternoon), children, working in groups, produce a short production based on a Greek myth, complete with simple masks and props. In the past we’ve used the Cretan stories: Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus; Dionysus and Ariadne.