|Using small brushes.|
|Digging and using a camera.|
|Using a measuring tape.|
UNCOVERING OUR ARTIFACTS
Then everyone FROZE! I shoulder tapped children in each square and that was their cue to ‘uncover’ their artifact. This worked really well and the acting again was fantastic. Once the group in each square had uncovered their artifact and discussed some initial responses to what it might be they froze again and we listened to another square find their artifact.
BACK IN THE LAB
All the artefacts were taken back to the lab for further research. Our discoveries today gave us the starting point for another round of inquiry work. Everyone was busy researching and recording information in their log books. It was great to listen to how much everyone has learned about ancient Greek artefacts already. All the artefacts today were new but everyone drew on the knowledge and language from our term's work to interpret what they had found.
|Inquiry work back in the lab.|
- 3 pottery amphoras showing sporting practice/exercises with servants playing music while they worked.
- Caryatids (lady columns) on the “Porch of Maidens” from the Erectheion on the Acropolis in Athens. These columns were sculpted in the Golden Age by Phedias who also worked on the famous sculpture, Athena Parthenos, that we studied earlier.
- A marble sculpture of Greek Wrestlers from about 510BC. We did some inquiry around how wrestling was part of everyday life for the ancient Greeks and how school boys were taught wrestling along with reading, writing, and maths.
- A piece of pottery, perhaps a vase or bowl, showing the God Dionysus and a Satyr. We did some inquiry around this God and how he was represented in artworks with a fennel staff and a wreath of grape vines – being god of wine, music, and parties! We also learnt about how satyrs were part goat and often followed the god Dionysus playing panpipes. We will be able to add this information to the guides we have been writing on Greek Gods and Mythical Creatures.
- Pottery jars being used as a water clock. We knew all about water clocks from our play in the agora/pnyx last week!
- Pieces of pottery showing Greek armour. We did some inquiry around Greek soldiers and the types of armour they used. We found out that the ancient Greek soldiers were called Hoplites. Their round shield was called an ‘aspis’, their spear was called a ‘dory’, the short sword was called a ‘xiphos’, and they wore plumed Corinthian helmets with cheek plates.
- A bronze relief sculpture showing Odysseus hiding under a ram. It was fun working out what this statue was showing, as we all know a lot about Odysseus now! This was a bronze relief ornament from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, c. 540-530 BCE
- A piece of pottery showing Odysseus blinding the Cyclops – Polyphemus. We are starting to see how artists often depicted stories of Greek heroes and gods/goddesses on their pottery. This painting was done on a type of pottery called a proto – attic amphora, ca. 650BC.
THE ODYSSEY - THE FINAL EPISODES
|Nausicaa helps Odysseus|
|Odysseus is sailed home to Ithaca by the Phaeacians.|
|Athena presents herself to Odysseus and warns him of trouble in his home.|
|Athena turns Odysseus into a beggar for disguise.|
|Penelope is saddened by all the suitors who want to marry her!|
|Penelope weaving at her loom - she unravels it each night so she doesn't have to make her decision!|
|Odysseus successfully bends his bow and arrow and shoots an arrow through the holes in the back of twelve axe heads. Everyone knows Odysseus has returned and the suitors are defeated.|