Ancient Greece Brought To Life In Pilgrim Panto

Stuart Davies, from Portals To The Past, with Pilgrim Academy children Charlie Hodson, Tilly Score and Zara Marcheva performing Theseus and the Minotaur.

Ancient Greece in all its glory was brought to life when Year 5 and 6 pupils at Pilgrim Academy got a visit from historian Stuart Davies from 'Portals To The Past.'

His production of Theseus and the Minotaur, with Pilgrim Academy pupils in the roles of Greek characters, was a spectacular finale to the topic of 'Ancient Greece' which the children have been studying this term.

The pupils took part in a variety of Greek workshop activities to consolidate, extend and deepen their knowledge on areas that they had not covered in class.

The day included: a general overview of Ancient Greece, a quiz, a democratic vote, a puzzle, a Greek game involving counters, a showcase of Greek armour, an attack and defence activity, and finally the Greek pantomime of Theseus and the Minotaur.

The lessons learnt on Greek democracy were then applied during a Shared Learning Afternoon with parents, in which the parents voted on whether they wanted to save Ancient Greece or get rid of it based on how persuasive their children's arguments were.

Andy Clark, Pilgrim Academy Principal, said: "This was a fantastic way to complete this topic for the children, who put all of their knowledge to the test. The visit by Stuart Davies was the icing on the cake and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, with the pupils tackling their roles with great enthusiasm."

Historian Stuart Davies, from Portals To The Past, is pictured with Year 5 and 6 pupils who took part in the panto, Theseus and the Minotaur.

Charlie Hodson in action in the pantomime.

Charlotte Clark takes flight.

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