24th Nov, 2020

Coventry school pupils step back in time to Ancient Greece with special themed week

Tristan Harris 19th Nov, 2020 Updated: 19th Nov, 2020

PUPILS from two Coventry catholic schools were given a taste of what life was like in Ancient Greece during a civilisation themed events.

Year four children from St Patrick’s and St Peter and Paul’s, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, tasted foods which would have been eaten by people back then as part of ‘Greek Week’.

The pupils have been studying the era and also took part in Greek dancing, vase making and learning the Greek alphabet.

The Academy’s in-house catering team shed light on the diet of the Ancient Greeks and prepared some food samples from pitta bread and dips to pomegranate, figs and dried fruits.

They were also given the chance to try olives and were given an insight into their versatility.

The Academy, made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school based across Coventry, is now set to hold the week for year four pupils at its other primary schools.

Tom O’Reilly, the academy’s catering manager, said during the topic the children would normally have visited a Greek restaurant but they were unable to because of the pandemic.

“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 the school’s innovative knowledge rich and skills based curriculum used active experiences to enhance learning and help the children retain what they had learnt.

“Ancient Greece is a term-long topic for our year four 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.

“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 four pupils across our schools have just as much fun.”

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