Coventry school pupils have been given a taste of what life was like in Ancient Greece during a week dedicated to the civilisation.
Year 4 children from St Patrick’s and St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, have been tasting foods that would have been eaten by Ancient Greeks as part of a special ‘Greek Week’.
The week provided an in-depth look at the topic of Ancient Greece which the Year 4 pupils have been studying throughout the term, providing a variety of practical activities to enhance their knowledge and skills even further.
Children took part in everything from Greek dancing, vase making and learning the Greek alphabet.
The Academy’s in-house catering team also gave children the opportunity to learn more about the diet of the Ancient Greeks and sample some of the food they would have eaten.
The children sampled everything from Greek salad, pitta bread and Greek dips, pomegranate, figs and dried fruits.
They were also given the chance to try olives and were given an insight into their versatility.
The Academy, which is made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school based across Coventry, is now set to hold the week for Year 4 pupils at its other primary schools.
Tom O’Reilly, Catering Manager at the Academy, said: “During the topic of Ancient Greece the children would usually visit a Greek restaurant.
“Although they are currently unable to do this, it’s really important that we continue to offer these kinds of interactive experiences to children to enhance their learning and ensure it’s fun and memorable.
“The children were able to try a variety of foods, some of which they had never had before, while learning about the Ancient Greek diet and how it has impacted what we eat today.
“It’s fantastic to link food to the curriculum in this way and having an in-house catering service allows us to be even more dynamic with the experiences we provide to the children.”
Megan Scullion, Strategic Lead for School Improvement at Romero Catholic Academy, added: “At Romero we have an innovative curriculum which is knowledge rich and skills based, and uses active experiences to enhance learning and help the children retain what they have learnt.
“Ancient Greece is a term-long topic for our Year 4 pupils and they have already had the opportunity to learn the historical and geographical elements of the subject.
“Our dedicated Greek Week gives the children the opportunity to enjoy a number of practical activities whilst developing their knowledge and skills further, so when learning about the food eaten by the Ancient Greeks they are also able to try it themselves.
“They will look at the various Ancient Greek traditions and learn Greek dancing, explore artwork, make Greek vases and learn the Greek alphabet. They will use their new skills to create a piece of artwork based around their own name which they can take home.
“All of the children at St Patrick’s and St Peter and Paul have thoroughly enjoyed Greek Week, and we hope the rest of our Year 4 pupils across our schools have just as much fun.”
Picture: Children from Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School learn Greek dancing.