Discover Ancient Greece

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.

Workshop details

During the workshop pupils will be able to touch artefacts such as sculptures of gods and goddesses, a Spartan shield, a bronze sword, pottery and terracotta animal figurines that were used as toys. Students will be able to imagine the person who carefully made them and think about why they were so important to the ancient Greek people over 2500 years ago. 

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 as they handle and discuss the evidence revealed by the museum’s artefacts.  

The workshop will look at four main topics:

  • Weapons and Warfare - pupils will find out about famous Greek battles such as Troy, discover which weapons and armour warriors used, and get hands on with a Spartan shield and bronze sword.
  • Sculpture and architecture - by investigating a selection of sculptures pupils will learn about the materials and methods used to create them, will look at temple design and learn about the Greek gods and goddesses commonly portrayed through these art forms.
  • Daily life - through the handling objects pupils will explore everyday activities such as farming, spinning, weaving, pottery making, playing music and games. Pupils will have the opportunity to dress up in everyday Greek style clothing.
  • Pottery - pupils will learn that pottery is rarely unearthed in tact and will explore the different components that archaeologists typically find and have to work with. Pupils will try to piece together an array of pottery sherds to restore an object to its original form. Once whole they have to decipher the myth painted onto the object.

We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the artefacts. For this reason you must bring at least four adults for this session. If you don’t bring this ratio of adults we may still be able to run the session but it won’t unfortunately involve the same level of interactivity for the young people.

Please arrive on time for your workshop 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


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

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:

  • By understanding the Museum’s rules about how to handle ancient artefacts tolerance and respect are encouraged.
  • By investigating a wide range of everyday objects from the home, battlefield, and places of work children develop their understanding of different ways of life thus promoting respect and tolerance of cultures differing from their own.

Social skills:  

  • Students develop their social skills as they work together in the role of junior archaeologists piecing together a replica artefact unearthed in broken parts. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • develop their chronological knowledge and understanding of British and local history.
  • note connections, contrasts and trends over time.
  • 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.
  • develop the use of appropriate historical terms.
  • 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 the past.
  • appreciate that some of the objects they will see are over a thousand years old.
  • realise why we use replicas, that have been made in the same way as the ancient items, for a handling workshop.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Pupils will:

  • appreciate that the objects the see are over a thousands years old and the ones they handle are replicas that have been made in the same way.
  • see World Museum as a resource for historical research to help understand  the ancient world.