Prep Five enjoyed a Greek History Day on Wednesday, using costumes, drama, dance, board games and art to learn about the two rival cities, Athens and Sparta.
Molly was a suitably hard-hearted Spartan mother, sending her seven year old son Heracles (also known as Nathan) off too army school, where he learnt to be a ruthless warrior. Kayley modelled a Spartan soldier’s armour, while Joel, Alfie and Jackson tested the Spartan weapons and shield, all looking appropriately fearsome!
Back in Athens, the home of the very first theatre, Joshua and Evie dressed as two monstrous characters from mythology, Medusa and the Minotaur. Meanwhile, a rich Athenian couple- better known as Esme and Sabri- went shopping for slaves at the Agora, choosing Luca B to work in their silver mines and Harrison as their potter.
In the afternoon, we made clay coins using Greek designs including snakes, bees, turtles, temples and Zeus’s lightning bolt. Next, we moved to the hall to dress up for a performance of Persephone, a myth which explains why we have seasons. Mason was the dark and sinister God Hades, ably assisted by Alfie, Josh and Joel as Cerberus the howling three headed dog, and Dexter as Charon who ferried the dead across the River Stix. As in traditional Greek plays, the chorus told the story and provided a lively musical accompaniment- Sabri’s horn playing was especially rousing- while the masked heroine Demeter and her daughter Persephone, played by Chloe and Abigail, acted out the events.
Finally, we ended our day with some Greek dancing and tried balancing the Goddess Hera’s magic peacock feathers on our fingers…. tricky! At the end of the day we were able to make an informed choice as to whether we would have wanted to live in Sparta or Athens. Most of our intrepid class chose the rigours of Sparta, although a few of us preferred the more civilised life in Athens. Many thanks to Andy and Alison from The Makers of History, who gave us such an exciting day and brought Ancient Greece to life. Thanks too to all our parents for their continued support.