The Hunt for Zeus's Lightning Bolt!

The Hunt for Zeus's Lightning Bolt!
The Hunt for Zeus's Lightning Bolt!

This term, Year 5 children are learning all about Ancient Greece and on Thursday stepped back 2,000 years in time to become 'Groovy Greeks'. Classical Greek culture was brought to life with parliamentarians, warriors, Greek gods and goddesses filling the Tanglin 'colonnades' and activities that ranged from drama and mythology, to ancient Olympics and artistic impressions of Medusa.

But the big question of the day was 'who had stolen Zeus's Lightning Bolt?' as the children were sent on an investigative mission around the unit, picking up clues from each classroom. It wasn't long before our detectives solved the mystery – it was Hera, wife of Zeus and queen of the ancient Greek gods! But we think it could have been Mrs Harrington-Wilcox...

One of the boys from Year 5 spoke to us about how much he had enjoyed the day. "For me, it was a perfect balance between learning and having fun. I especially liked debating and the ancient Olympics – although chariot racing and the standing long jump wasn't that easy in Greek costume!"

"My son was so animated when he got home from school, the entire family was treated to a history lesson on the Ancient Greeks! Each term he looks forward to the special curriculum themes - he's currently researching the Greek gods and goddesses, the Olympics, ancient city states, philosophers and scientific concepts – and the wow day really brought the topic to life. I also love how the teachers get into dress up character along with the children and join in the fun."