Year 5 Primary Classical Civilisation Workshop
Mr Giles sent us this report:
“On Tuesday, a group of Year 5 students from a number of Maidstone primaries, attended a workshop on the ancient concept of “The Hero”. To warm up, the girls first volunteered who they regarded as heroes in their own lives and the qualities they admired in them.
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: heroism was not about self-sacrifice or helping others but about personal glory. These differences led to some interesting discussion. The girls enjoyed a game of Hero Marketplace in which they had to “sell” their particular hero to the rest of their group. We 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.”
Thank you to Mr Giles who delivered the workshop.