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.
This is available as a museum-teacher led, on-site session. Sessions must be booked in advance.
On site session
- scheduled for 2 hours
- your class will be divided into two groups
- one hour is taught, one hour is self-led, the groups then swap
- self-led guidance will be available
- access to our lunch room, either as individual groups or all together
- sessions are available on Tuesdays and Fridays for Autumn Term
- scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on your preference
- led by a museum teacher and involves close-looking at objects and games
- similar content to our onsite session
‘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 dates throughout the term
- Sliding scale of charges based on your school type
- one hour session in our studio, supported by our studio assistants
- 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 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
Starter activities (Look Think Do)
Videos and images for your class
Read an Object: the Pashley Sarcophagus
Fact Sheets (pdfs with more information relating to our collection)
Altars, libations and sacrifices
Greek influences on the museum
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.
Please book here, or to discuss your needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book an online session, please fill out this google booking form and a colleague will get back to you. Online sessions are available in the afternoons only.
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.