Why do we learn about ancient Greece today? What were people like in ancient Greece and what evidence do we have about their lives?

Look closely at real ancient Greek artefacts, including coffins, pots and some mysterious graffiti. We'll consider different facets of ancient Greek people's lives: from free time, to work, to the agora.

Format of the session

This is available as a museum-teacher led, on-site session. Sessions must be booked in advance.

On site session

  • scheduled for two hours
  • available for up to two classes
  • one hour is taught, one hour is self-led, then, if there are two classes, the groups then swap
  • self-led guidance will be available
  • access to our lunch room, to store belongings and eat lunch

‘I felt the Greek people were there – and not ancient – just people living their normal lives, like us.’ – KS2 pupil

Studio session (optional onsite extra)

  • An optional extra available on some Fridays throughout the term
  • Sliding scale of charges based on your school type
  • one hour session in our studio, supported by our studio assistants
Aims of the session
  • To develop children’s ability to look closely at objects
  • To encourage children to make deductions based on what they observe
  • To introduce children to the the concept of evidence, archaeology, and critical reflection on what has survived and what we can learn from it
  • To enable children to feel connected to a range of different ancient Greeks as real people
  • To encourage children to develop arguments and discuss based on observations
  • To reflect carefully on how and why we study ancient Greece
Content of the session

Content of the museum led session:

  • Consider why and how the artefacts from ancient Greece came to be in the museum
  • Read an object together: what can it tell us about life in ancient Greece?
  • Search the galleries for artefacts made from different materials
  • Understand how archaeology works, construct an idea of a person using an ancient Greek object
  • Compare the pots that would have been sold at the agora (marketplace), their uses and decoration

Content of the (optional) studio session:

  • Learn about how sculpture was made in ancient Greece, including relief
  • Using soap and clay, try out different methods of sculpture
  • Students will make their own sculpture, using ancient Greek imagery, to take back to school
Optional Studio Session

Interested in our studio session? Your class will create some incredible clay pots after learning all about ancient Greek ceramic art. Check out these works created by year 5 from Westfield Primary Academy!

Sessions are available on Fridays.

A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos, inspired also by an eye-cup
A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek Kyathos
A student's clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek skyphos
A student’s clay cup in the style of an ancient Greek skyphos, inspired also by an eye-cup
A student's clay cup with a side handle
A student’s clay cup inspired by ancient Greek pottery
Resources for use before or after your visit
Resources for use during your visit

DIY: TEACHER NOTES

We have created some suggestions for the part of your visit where you do not have a museum teacher. They are intended to be a springboard and are adaptable.

DIY Teacher Notes – Ancient Greeks

INTO ACTION: STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Our activities for students go well with the DIY teacher notes and are designed for students to use in the galleries. Please feel free to adapt them to your pupil’s needs.

Into Action – Ancient Greeks

Bookings or questions

We are fully booked for Spring 2024. Summer term bookings will open shortly after February half term – sign up to our teacher enews to be notified when and how to book

If you have any questions email education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

Access

Access and special educational needs

We are happy to discuss the content of the session and any other details that may be useful in helping your students make the most of their visit.

We have a bag of sensory and fidget toys available to borrow for sessions.

We can also print raised line drawings related to a session with a week or more’s notice, and may be able to arrange for a second museum teacher to attend the session who is trained in audio description.

We have travel bursaries available for schools who would otherwise not be able to visit. Information is available when booking.

We find it helpful to receive all feedback, but are especially keen to improve access to our sessions and offer. Please let us know if we can improve yours, or others’ sessions.