Ancient Greece inspires children to learn

Pupils at Emmanuel Middle School enjoy taking part in 'War and Peace in Ancient Greece', a play-in-a-day with Ben Lindsey-Clark from Treehouse Theatre.

Pupils at Emmanuel Middle School enjoy taking part in ‘War and Peace in Ancient Greece’, a play-in-a-day with Ben Lindsey-Clark from Treehouse Theatre.

An east Dorset school made an Olympian effort when it came to inspiring its children to learn about ancient Greece.

For one day only the Year 5 pupils at Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood ditched their school uniform for tunics, sandals and laurel wreaths as they turned back the clock to more than 2,000 years.

The day was organised to help bring history alive for the children – and it was not just a day for dressing up.

Thanks to the involvement of Treehouse Theatre, the pupils from the Wimborne Academy Trust school created a ‘play in a day’ to re-enact everything they had learned.

Head of school, Rob Christopher, said: “Nothing brings history and text books to life than getting the children truly involved in acting out what life was like back then.

“Our Year 5s had a fantastic time spending the day in Ancient Greece and have learned so much about the culture of the times.”

Before performing their play, War and Peace in Ancient Greece, the children participated in workshops looking at Ancient Greece topics.

The play was a lively and humorous journey through 100 years of Greek history, from war with Persia to the fall of Classical Athens.

Ben Lindsey-Clark, of the Treehouse Theatre, said: “The kids at Emmanuel threw themselves into the challenge of doing a play in a day with great energy and enthusiasm.

“They made the day a lot of fun and hopefully they learned a lot about Ancient Greece – without even realising they were!”

 

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