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Bury St Edmunds pupils transported back in time to the world of the ancient Greeks




Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds ANL-151019-101424009
Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds ANL-151019-101424009

Donning robes and armed with swords, Bury St Edmunds pupils were transported back in time to the world of the ancient Greeks.

About 90 children from Years 3 and 4 at Hardwick Primary School, in Steward Road, enjoyed a workshop by ‘Portals to the Past’ and learnt all about Greek warfare.

Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds'Charlie Skinner ANL-151019-101413009
Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds'Charlie Skinner ANL-151019-101413009

They looked at why the Greeks and Persians fought ferociously and the formation of soldiers on the battlefield.

The workshop leader even brought along a shield and sword to help pupils visualise what it must have been like to face a Greek soldier.

Teacher Emma Bennett said: “Thanks must go to the parents who must have spent a huge amount of time preparing the costumes.”

Other activities included a tactical board game - common in ancient Greece - called Peteia, which involved players having to move their pieces around a board to capture the other players’ pieces between two of their own.

Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.'Tiggy Galvin-Whyte ANL-151019-101348009
Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.'Tiggy Galvin-Whyte ANL-151019-101348009

There was also the chance to put together Archimedes’ puzzle and find the answers to quiz questions about various areas of Greek life including Gods and Goddesses and Alexander the Great.

The day ended on a high with the school’s version of the Olympics with Sparta and Athens competing against each other in the hoop and javelin events.

Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds ANL-151019-101335009
Ancient Greece experience for Key Stage 2 pupils at Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds ANL-151019-101335009


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