Year 5 Primary Classical Civilisation Workshop
On Tuesday, 19 April, a group of 21 Year 5 students from various primary schools around Maidstone attended a workshop, based on the ancient concept of the hero. To warm up, the girls first volunteered who they regarded as heroes in their own lives: these ranged from the understandable Mum and Dad, to teachers and famous writers like J.K. Rowling, to very contemporary inspirations such as the dancer Maddie Ziegler.
We swiftly moved on to great Greek mythological heroes such as Theseus, Bellerophon, Heracles, Odysseus and Perseus. The girls examined the strange differences between modern definitions of the heroic and ancient Greek ones. For example, in ancient Greek myth what counted was excellence, to be the best at what you did, even if this meant being the best liar or cheat!
The girls then enjoyed a game of Hero Marketplace in which they had to “sell” their particular hero to the rest of their group. We then had a class vote and it was decided that Perseus, who had to slay his monster while looking backwards through a mirror, a rather difficult manoeuvre, deserved the accolade of greatest Greek hero. The girls were particularly fascinated by the Greek Monsters poster in I14 and finally went away to their parents equipped with a shield on which they intend to emblazon the credentials of a new hero or heroine devised by themselves.
Thank you Mr Giles for delivering this very thought provoking and fun workshop.