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Ancient Greece at BMAG!

This week, a very excited Y3 visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of their Gods & Mortals topic - on arriving, they carefully made their way to the top floor to observe and sketch some of the artefacts in the Ancient Greek gallery and made notes of how old items were and where they were found looking at the notes underneath each artefact.  

Children enjoyed using their maths skills to work out the age of the objects and it started some interesting conversations about where Greece and Cyprus were in the world, their BC/AD understanding, 'fragments' of pottery, 'excavating' and 'archaeology' - all words that the children had learned in the Flints and Stones topic last term.  It was so good to see that they are applying their knowledge and understanding!

When we had finished in the gallery, the children took part in an art workshop, where they learned how the Greeks added relief to their clay pots and jugs and also how they added finer details to t…
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