This week the children in Year 3 were extremely excited to start their new Ancient Greece topic! Excitement was well and truly ignited as we discussed some of the myths we would be studying over the course of the term. Questions have been asked in abundance - What is the name of the most ferocious beast? Who was the most powerful God? Why were heroes and heroines sent on such impossible quests?
Starting at the very beginning, the children learned about how the world as we know it came to be (according to the Ancient Greeks.) Next week, the children will be drawing comparisons between the Christian creation story and the myth ‘Father Sky and Mother Earth’.
The children were also intrigued to discover how evil escaped into the world as they read the story of Pandora’s box. Year 3 then re-enacted scenes in the story through freeze-frame, considering the feelings and motivations of each of the characters. This enabled them to write as Pandora, describing her experiences in first person.
“I tried to stay away but the mysterious box seemed to drag me back towards it, like a magnet”
“Hideous creatures came shooting out of the box. Buzzing, rustling and biting all around me. I soon realised the horrible truth. My curiosity had got the better of me and I had changed the world forever.”