Ancient Greece - myths and monsters

This interactive workshop explores the complex and mysterious myths of ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks believed that these stories were true and had consequences that affected the lives of everyday people. Even today the influence of this ancient civilisation can still be seen in everyday life in the western world. The session is led by a member of our education team, who will be with you for the duration of the session.

Workshop details

In this session pupils will be introduced to the principal gods, goddesses and heroes of Greek legend. They will discover that, much like humans today, they had fierce family feuds, travelled abroad on bold adventures, and celebrated their successes with big parties! Pupils will also discover some of the great Greek heroes who battled with fearsome monsters and composite creatures. The session is supported by a variety of replica props, costumes, artistic interpretations and digital resources. Pupils will be encouraged to take part in dressing up, role-play and a team game.

Key topics explored in this workshop are:

  • Olympian Gods – pupils will discover who the Olympian gods were, what their individual attributes were and what role they played within ancient Greek society. Pupils will also learn about the infamous titans.
  • Perseus and Medusa – using role play this famous legend will be re-enacted by the pupils to bring to life the terrifying monster Medusa and to discover why she was so evil. 

In the session pupils are encouraged to develop and communicate their knowledge and understanding through speaking, listening, and reading activities and the workshop may well offer inspiration for writing activities.

Please arrive on time for your show or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day.

Curriculum links

History:

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

English:

  • Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons.

SMSC – Fundamental British Values

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance. 

Individual liberty:

  • Through the participative approach in the session individual liberty is promoted by enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. This also promotes mutual respect as children listen to and begin to respect each others comments.

Mutual respect and tolerance:

  • Learning about ancient Greek religion, encourages students to be tolerant and respectful of others’ culture, beliefs and faith.

Social skills:

  • Students develop their social skills as they work together to re-enact a famous Greek legend.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • develop their chronological knowledge and understanding of Greek history.
  • recognise the personal attributes of the principal gods and goddesses.
  • gain insight into the role of the gods in informing Greek practices and daily life in ancient Greece.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Skills

Pupils will:

  • have the opportunity to draw on and share their existing knowledge whilst also being encouraged to absorb and recall new information assimilated throughout the session.
  • gain practice in working through an activity collaboratively and with consideration for their peers.
  • improve their speaking and listening skills.
  • improve their confidence by individual participation in dramatic sections of the presentation.

Concepts

Pupils will:

  • be introduced to sculpture and architecture as forms of art from which we can learn about the everyday life of ancient peoples.
  • be introduced to the work of curators and the reasons why the museum has a collection of objects from the past.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Attitudes

Pupils will:

  • appreciate that the objects in museums 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.
  • be confident in interpreting imagery and artefacts about ancient Greek mythology
  • have had opportunity to work collaboratively with peers.
  • see the World Museum as an enjoyable and stimulating place to visit.