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Learn about Ancient Greeks with the Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology loves helping children and adults to learn about the Ancient Greeks. We have put together a range of activities aimed at primary school children. They are easily adaptable to other ages too.

The following home learning resources are available on this page:

  1. Write a Greek Myth
  2. Bassae Frieze
  3. Medusa Mask
  4. Tombstone of Hegeso
  5. Visit the Museum: KS2 Greeks Pack
  6. Design your own Greek Vase
  7. Hero Hybrid

Have you used any of these resources? Please tell us what you thought about them in this very short survey. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes. Thank you for your help!

 

1. Write a Greek Myth

Write your own greek myth on green background

Follow our handy instructions and write your own greek myth with heroes, villains, gods and monsters. You can choose between four story types: a quest, homecoming, foundation and monster, illustrated with examples from Greek myth and statues from the gallery throughout. 

You will need:

  • paper and pens. 
  • the instructions, which you can download below

Download Write you own Greek Myth Activity (pdf). 

Why not use some colouring pencils to add illustrations to your myth? 

 

2. Bassae Frieze   Bassae Frieze, children's activities

Every Monday throughout December a new children’s activity will be uploaded to the website! The Activities will circle around our Bassae Frieze Conservation project. These are perfect for entertaining kids throughout the winter break. Get ready for colouring sheets, making activities and story-writing resources!

 

Making Activity

Make your own plaster casts on red background

All of our statues are plaster copies of other statues. The process of making them is called plaster casting. In this activity you can make your own moulds and casts using salt dough, plasticine and household objects. This is quite a long activity, best saved for a long winter weekend.

 

You will need: 

  • Objects you want to cast
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • baking sheet
  • baking paper
  • cup of flour
  • half a cup of salt
  • half a cup of water
  • plasticine or play-dough

 

Colouring Activities

In this colouring sheet we erased the horse between two fighting figures. Let your imagination fly and draw the horse back in! 

Why not give colouring this chariot from the Bassae Frieze a go? These would very likely be painted in the ancient times. Let your imagination run wild. The chariot, and the faces of the figures are badly damaged. Why not try to redraw them? 

 

The Colouring sheet is based on this cast of the chariot of the Bassae Frieze:

Bassae Chariot with white lines drawn on.

 

 

3. Medusa Mask

Mask of Medusa activity

Make your own mask with snakes instead of hair. Based on the story and our own sculpture of Medusa, follow this simple step by step tutorial to make your own fun mask. If you need an idea for an arts and crafts afternoon, this is perfect.

Wear it around the house and scare your family! 

Download:

 

4. Tombstone of Hegeso

Tombstone of Hegeso

Do you want to know how archaeologists know what they know?
Pretend to be an archaeologist and try to analyse the tombstone showing two women.
 
Use our image explorer to help you focus on different parts of the tombstone. Follow the questions to think about the tombstone. What does it show us about wealthy women and slaves in Ancient Greece?

 

You will need the following

  • our online resource (click below to download the pdf).
  • paper and pencil or pen to complete the activity

Download: 

 

5. Visit the Museum: KS2 Greeks Pack

We know it isn't always possible to visit our Cast Gallery. That's why we made these downloadable home learning packs. You can explore our Museum from afar - with no need to venture out of the house! 

Learning about the Ancient Greeks is easy.

 

You will need the following

  • Our online resources: click below to download the pdf version
  • Some paper and a pencil to write down your answers

Using our KS2 Ancient Greek resources, you can explore the following Greek Sculpture topics:

 

Colour, Gods and Goddesses

sculpted head of a woman with red hair and a red dress, with unpainted version in background

  • Be amazed by our colourful painted Peplos Kore and think about the effects of paint.
  • Meet some of the Greek Gods and Goddesses - and learn how to tell them apart.

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Colour and Gods (pdf)

 

Athletes

plaster cast of athletes playing hockey 

  • Find out more about ancient athletics - and how competitive the Greeks were.

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Athletes

 

Fights and Hercules

bearded man looking down (Farnese Hercules)

  • Talking of competition, find out more about war and how much the Greeks liked to fight
  • Learn about the famous hero, Hercules (or, as the Greeks called him, Herakles)

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Fights and Hercules (pdf)

 

 

6. Design Your Own Greek Vase

selection of small terracotta vases

Learn more about Greek Pottery! Use vase templates and sherds from our collection to design your own vase.

In this activity you will chose one of three pottery shapes. Next, you will draw and decorate your own inspired by Greek pottery styles. 

 

You will need the following

  •     paper, pencils, coloured pens or pencils. 
  •     our online resources, click below to download them 

 

Step 1: Choose the shape of your pot!

line drawings of different Greek vase shapes

The shapes of greek pottery tell us about their function. In this worksheet you can learn about three pottery shapes and what they were used for. To be ready for the next activity, choose your favourite and either print it off or draw it on a piece of paper. 

Download: Greek Vase Shapes Template (pdf)

 

Step 2: Design and Draw

broken piece of Greek pottery, with black patterns on red background' width= 

Download our guide to Greek Pottery and use it as inspiration to decorate the pot you have chosen. Share your designs with us!

Download: Greek Pottery Sherds Guide (pdf)

 

 

7. Hero Hybrid

Which Hero hybrid would you choose?

Ancient heroes came in all shapes and sizes. In this activity you will make your own hero inspired by our collection!

 

You will need the following

  • paper, pencils, colouring pencils or pens
  • the instructions, which you can download below

In this activity you will learn about mythical heroes and gods, and see what they look like in our museum. Follow the instructions to create your own heroes and heroines! You can also see an example of a hero created by our education team. 

 

Need help, answers, or want to share your creations? Why not reach out to us on our social media?

Have you used any of these resources? Please tell us what you thought about them in this very short survey. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes. Thank you for your help! Why not make a suggestion for what our next resource should be? 

 

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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Extended Opening Announcement

From Tuesday 5 October, we will:

  • No longer require visitors to book tickets
  • Extend opening hours to 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday
  • Remove our one way system
  • Welcome group bookings again

 

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Sat: 2-5pm (univ. term-time only)
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Closed on Bank Holidays

 

Saturday Opening

We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 27 November 2021.

Please note: We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time.

 

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