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Discover Ancient Greece

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 50 minutes minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 32
  • Venue: World Museum


This hands-on workshop offers pupils a unique opportunity to touch real objects from the ancient world. Using their powers of deduction, pupils will become junior museum archaeologists to discover what the objects reveal about the people who lived in ancient Greece.

Further details

fragments of old Greek pottery

During the workshop pupils will be able to touch artefacts such as part of a statue that shows armour worn to protect the leg. Pupils will imagine the person who carefully carved the statue from stone over 2000 years ago.  Why was a statue being made of someone in armour, what was the real armour made from?  Plus what might the life of a Greek soldier (hoplite) have been like?  All will be discovered during this exciting hands-on workshop.  

After an initial introduction by a member of the museum staff, the group will be divided into four smaller groups to take on the role of archaeologists, looking at, handling and discussing the evidence revealed by the museum artefacts.  We will explain the correct handling techniques as they are being allowed to touch ancient objects from our collections not modern replicas.  

Four topics are covered in this workshop:

  • Work - pupils can discover several different occupations such as, weaver, shepherd, dressmaker, stone mason, architect, builder and soldier.
  • Daily life - activities such as farming, spinning, weaving, lighting the home, making pottery, music and playing with toys.
  • Appearance - clothes, hairstyles and footwear reveal what some people might have looked like in ancient Greece. There are also replica male and female costumes for pupils to try on. Why are the costumes based on a rectangular piece of cloth? 
  • Pottery - broken pieces of pottery called sherds reveal evidence for the whole object.  Pupils will take on the role of an archaeologist and put pottery sherd back together, like a jigsaw.  

We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the objects. For this reason you must bring one adult per eight children for this session.   

This workshop can be linked with:

  • A hands-on workshop in the Clore Natural History Centre Unearth the Natural History of Ancient Greece (museum-led)
  • Ancient Greece – an interactive presentation in the Treasure House Theatre (museum-led)
  • An activity trail looking at the Greek display on level 3. (self-led)
  • Greek Myths and legends in the Planetarium (museum-led) 

Curriculum links 

Key Stage 2 – History

Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world. 

Learning outcomes 

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • develop their chronological knowledge and understanding of world history.
  • establish clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • understand  characteristic features of the periods and societies studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Pupils will:

  • recognise and identify artefacts used in the sessions and some of the evidence they reveal about life in the past.
  • begin to recognise that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and to give reasons for this.
  • begin to recall, select and organise historical information.
  • use dates and historical vocabulary to describe the periods studied.
  • address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • give reasoned answers backed up by evidence.
  • improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.


Pupils will:

  • be introduced to the work of an archaeologist.
  • be introduced to the work of curators and the reasons why the museum has a collection of objects from ancient Egypt.
  • appreciate that the objects they are working with are thousands of years old and have to be treated with respect.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Pupils will

  • appreciate that the objects they are working with are thousands of years old and have to be treated with respect.
  • see World Museum as a resource for historical research to help understand  the ancient world.