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Breathing Life into Greek History at RAPS

The wonders of Ancient Greece unfolded as children experienced an inspirational day celebrating the civilisation’s history, heritage and culture.

A special themed event to complement their learning in topic lessons saw the Year 5 group dress up as their favourite god, character from a Greek myth or in traditional Greek clothing.

A busy programme of activities began with trying to solve the puzzle of putting a smashed Greek vase back together again before creating the iconic wreaths to wear on their heads.

Pupil Lloyd explained more about the headwear. He said: “In Ancient Greek times, the winners of Olympic events were given wreaths instead of medals. We all thought they looked great.”

Next up was taste-testing Greek foods and pupils tucked into a range of treats including olives, feta cheese, pitta bread, tzatziki, taramasalata and humus.

In an Ancient Greek drama workshop children became Olympians preparing for their events, with the competitors discussing a variety of sports that would be contested.

They also ventured to a Greek marketplace or ‘agora’ where they became buyers and sellers, haggling and discussing a variety of goods, as well assuming the roles of Hoplite soldiers.

To complete the drama sessions the group delved into folklore and created freeze-frame cameos of well-known legends from Ancient Greece.

The final activity was learning the Ancient Greek alphabet and learning how to write the names of the gods and goddesses.

Assistant Head teacher Hannah Dannell said: “The day was a great success and we always strive to provide the children with an enriching curriculum that excites them about their learning. “

Head of School Nick Budge agreed and added: “This was an important topic that offers a wealth of information and knowledge - our Year 5 were really engaged with such a strong and memorable creative learning experience.”

Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.

*For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847