On Thursday 10th June Year 3 had a Greek day. They took part in a number of different fun activities inspired by the work they had done on the Ancient Greeks. Children were able to come to school dressed as a character from Ancient Greece and they all put in lots of effort into their costumes! Ms Rebelo arrived as Medusa (frightening stuff!) and Ms Ana arrived as Aphrodite!
The first activity children took part in was wreath making. The children had to measure their heads with a strip of green card and cut and stick different types of leaves onto it. The children loved their homemade wreaths and some spent the rest of the day wearing theirs to make their Greek outfits even better.
The second activity of the day was based on the Greek alphabet. Children were able to use a copy of the Greek alphabet to write their full name. They enjoyed the challenge of finding the right upper or lowercase letters and copying them onto their strip of card. The children worked really hard at making their writing perfect so they could use it to teach the adults that came in how to write their name in Greek. The finished products looked great, and the children enjoyed decorating the borders using Greek patterns.
Throughout the day we watched a lot of Greek Myths as we had absolutely loved learning about them, some of which included: The Twelve Tasks of Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, and Athena and Poseidon. I must say that Pandora’s box was and is Ms Rebelo’s favourite (it was her Year 3 myth too!), but for us as a class, we can’t even pick one of the three myths because they were just as exciting to read (we definitely, certainly and surely brought to life every single one of them anyway)! Having listened to Greek music all day felt like we really were in Greece, in a traditional wedding celebration!
We were challenged with a Greek dance tutorial. Children were able to learn some authentic Greek dance moves and put them together into a short routine. The dance they learnt was called the Zorba. They all worked really well together, making sure their dance moves were perfect. Once all the activities were done, the children performed their dance routine in the classroom. They did a great job and we were really impressed (I definitely think we can get invited a Greek birthday Y3!)
The children then got stuck into some messy activities. They were able to experience a real Ancient Greek favourite – grape squashing! Children took their shoes and socks off, jumped into a paddling pool, and squashed down some grapes with their feet. At first, they were reluctant and found it a little too strange, but once they saw how refreshing it was, they couldn’t get enough of it!
Whilst some children were getting their feet dirty with some grape squashing, others were getting their tummies filled with Greek food like olives, bread sticks, feta cheese, Greek yoghurt and honey and much more! It was such a delight and the weather really made us feel like we were in Corfu sunbathing and relaxing!
Thank you to Ms Ana, the parents and my Greek children for all your effort for Greek Day. I had lots of fun and I know you all did too!
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, St Mark Street, London. E1 8DJ
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