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Greek school visits for education.  We provide a living history and reenactment service as historical interpreters to bring the excitement of real history to your classroom.

 

Some of the locations we travel to for our Romans workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire , Warwickshire, Leamington, Leicester, Hinckley Nottingham Loughborough Coventry , Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Swadlincote, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, RutlandNorthampton, Coventry,  Warwick, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

 

 

Invite Gregorios, a Spartan Hoplite into your school to bring history to life!

 

In local schools, two Specialists can attend and two form entry schools will get Specialist-led sessions for all children all day.  Further afield, two and three form entry schools can be accommodated with some teacher-led sessions and we have enough resources for all children to be occupied on Greek sessions all day.

Greek School Visit

Greek Life


This session is structured in three separate but related sections which the children carousel around during the session.  It offers an amazing opportunity to handle many authentic objects most of which are of museum quality.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ancient Greek Pottery

Medicine Making

 

Children are directed in how to mix authentic ancient Greek medicines from ingredients provided by The Specialists.

 

This session incorporates art/DT.




Ancient Greek Pastimes

Object Handling

 

Children can handle a range of museum quality replica pottery and dress up in child-size ancient Greek clothing.

Greek Myths & Storytelling

 

We always end the day with storytelling as a whole group, usually a Greek myth told in the oral traditional - from memory.

 

We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role.  This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions as people from the past would do.  This historical interpreter's commitment to authenticity is tempered with a teacher's sense of appropriateness though - so we do not swear (as some reenactors will in school, claiming that this was the way it was!).  Our focus is on the educational experience for the children and what serves them best, so the sessions are interactive and involve everyone.

Five Lines


Children have the opportunity to share a game with a friend as we bring our authentically reproduced class set of Five Lines.  This is a Greek board game so ancient that its rules have had to be reconstructed with a little intuition. 

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Greek Mosaics

SEN Schools


We are experienced in working with children of a range of ages and abilities.  We understand the need for explorative learning and incorporate sensory opportunities. Our Greek visit into SEN schools is less structured and will try to meet the needs of the children. Please get in touch to discuss your specific class and their needs with us. If required, we can visit in costume but not in role (to reduce confusion).

Pricing

The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your location and other factors (see our Terms and Conditions).

Full days can be booked up to one hour's drive from our base.  Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes drive from our base.

 

Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)


The full day rate is £265.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)


Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)


The reduced full day rate is £220.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)


Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)


The full day rate for two Specialists is £320.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (£1.10 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)


Half day


Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £170.00 from Autumn 2018 (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)


These rates will be in place for all sessions in 2018-19 and there are no hidden costs.  Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C's.

 

Greg and Lisa McCarthy have many years of experience working with children. Greg is a teacher and Lisa a former Occupational Therapist in learning disabilities. Both have full CRB's and public liability insurance.

 

Replica resources are meticulously researched and as authentic to the period as possible; mainly of museum standard. Child-friendly resources will sometimes use modern materials for reasons of safety.

Children work on a small section of a larger class mosaic which will be assembled for display by the end of the session.  (We email the templates for teachers to print out.  Paper and glue to be provided in school, please.)

 

Nationwide, this session can easily be teacher-led and incorporates Art/DT skills.

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Reed pens

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Ancient Greek warfare will be discussed.  Children will learn about various battle equipment and volunteers come up to handle some of it.  Then all children will be given a shield to drill in a variety of real ancient Greek battle manoeuvres.

Writing

 

Replica reed pens and ink are used to copy out Greek medicines and information about the gods (paper to be provided in school, please). can dress up in child-size ancient Greek clothing and handle a range of museum quality replica pottery.

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Greek pastimes are discussed and a range of replica artefacts relating to the Olympics are shown.  There is time for a little practice with javelins, balls and the discus before a full class reenactment of the ancient Olympics (fully clothed and with a range of child-friendly resources!).

Replica Olympic artefacts

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Introduction

Here is an outline of the typical Greek school visit:


The Specialists will introduce themselves in costume and in role before discussing Greek life and the Gods.  Then a volunteer will be chosen for dressing up in a child sized chiton.


The Spartan Hoplite

Leaf-shaped Spearhead

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Greek Sword

Olympic resources

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