Ancient Greece - man, myths and monsters
- Suitable for: Key Stage 2
- Subjects: History
- Session type: Museum led
- Duration: 50 minutes
- Class size (maximum): 32
- Venue: World Museum
This interactive performance offers pupils a unique opportunity to discover the world of Ancient Greek mythology.
The performance will be led by one of World Museum’s demonstrators. Pupils will learn about the roles and interpretations of a number of mythological characters present in the historical record of Ancient Greece, as well as the involvement of the gods in society and everyday life.
Pupils will engage with various gods and heroes from Ancient Greece, through discussions and activities. The session will be supported by artistic interpretations and digital resources, with almost all images taken directly from National Museums Liverpool’s collections and displays. Pupils can see these objects first hand following the session, to discover the materials used by ancient artists and artisans.
The topics covered in this performance are:
- Olympian Gods – pupils will learn about different gods and goddesses and their role within Ancient Greece. The session will explore the titans, who the Olympian gods were and their attributes. Throughout the performance pupils will have the opportunity to volunteer and be selected to portray an individual god or goddess while dressed in costume.
- Hercules – pupils discover what a demi god is and will learn the legend of Hercules and the twelve labours.
- Perseus and Medusa – the legend of Perseus and Medusa will be acted out with the whole class. After the activity, there will be a quick game to see if any pupils can defeat the gaze of Medusa!
At the end of the performance pupils will have the opportunity to ask any further questions about Greek mythology.