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Greek Day

To start our 'Groovy Greek' project, Chestnut class have dressed up as Ancient Greeks. We are very much looking forward to learning about the Greeks!

 

English - The Story of Icarus and Daedalus

We have been looking at 'story-telling' for our English, and we have read the story of Icarus and Daedalus. We have stepped out the main events of the story:

 

 

We have also created freeze-frames for the main events of the story:

 

 

We had a lot of fun hot-seating the characters in the story in order to get more information about their thoughts and feelings:

History

 

We have been researching information to then apply to PowerPoint presentations. We have:

 

  • Created a first page for a PowerPoint presentation 
  • Completed a KWL grid to show what we know, what we would like to know and what we have learnt. 
  • Included a picture of the world on to the presentations, and labelled where Greece and the UK are.
  • Created a travel brochure about Greece which includes information about climate, food, drink, culture etc.
  • Created a timeline based on events during Ancient Greece.
  • Considered the differences/ similarities between Ancient and Modern Greece. 
  • Researched the differences/ similarities between Athenian and Spartan life.

 

 

Art

We have been looking at Greek Vase designs, and spent some time researching them. Then, we created designs (based on the story of Icarus and Daedalus). In order to create our own vases using papier mache, we have followed some steps:

  1. Mix 240ml of glue with 240ml of water in a bowl
  2. Get some newspaper and tear the newspaper into strips and squares.
  3. Blow up a balloon to the size that you would like your vase to be.
  4. Using masking tape, add a neck and bottom to your balloon so that it stands on its own. Also add a piece of card to each side for the handles.
  5. Dip a strip of paper into the glue and pull it out – top tip is to make sure that the paper is soaked through, but ensure that there is not too much excess glue.
  6. Lay the strip of paper down on the balloon and smooth the strip out with your fingers so it is flat (make sure there are no wrinkles)
  7. Dip the next strip into the glue and lay it down next to the first strip – make sure that the two strips are touching.
  8. Keep laying down the strips until the entire balloon is covered – make sure that the knot of the balloon is not covered (you will need to use this to burst the balloon later).
  9. Make sure that another two or three more layers are added – make sure that you leave each layer to dry,

 

 

Once the papier mache was dry, we popped the balloon. We then transferred our best Greek design from our Art books on to our papier mache vase using black, brown and orange paint. 

To finish our Greek topic...

 

We had an Ancient Greek food tasting to see what type of food was available. We tried:

 

  • Feta cheese

  • Olives

  • Homemade pitta bread with honey

  • Chickpeas

  • Olive oil/ balsamic (instead of wine - which was popular during Ancient Greece)

  • Honey-cake 

 

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