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01 Feb Year 4 visit the British Museum

On the 22nd of January we went on a fascinating educational school trip to the British Museum to find out more about this term’s theme; the Ancient Greeks. We split into groups of 5 so that we could move around the museum quickly and it…

On the 22nd of January we went on a fascinating educational school trip to the British Museum to find out more about this term’s theme; the Ancient Greeks.

We split into groups of 5 so that we could move around the museum quickly and it would be easier to see the exhibits on the way. We were given an activity sheet by Ellie (our teacher) which instructed us to find certain objects in the museum, which were all from the Ancient Greek period, between 800 BC and 500 BC. We found lots of jewellery encrusted with gems belonging to the Greek aristocracy. We found pottery with detailed pictures of the Greek gods, e.g. Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder. He was depicted holding a lightening bolt. There were pictures of great heroes fighting monsters, such as Perseus fighting Medusa (the monster with snakes for hair whose gaze turns anyone or thing to stone). The great Parthenon is the temple of Athena at the top of the Acropolis in Athens. We saw parts of the Parthenon which were brought to the UK by the UK ambassador Lord Elgin. Many people believe that these parts of the Parthenon should be returned to their rightful owners; the Greeks.

By Naomi