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The Iliad Project: A Five Day Ancient Greek History Camp

Jonny Walker (he/him) - MA (Uni of Cambridge)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(611)
The weird and wonderful story of the Trojan War (great for Percy Jackson and Greek Myth fans) #academic

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Have fun engaging with one of the most amazing stories ever told.

Learn about the tale of the Trojan War from Ancient Greece.
Learn about and read some of Homer’s ‘The Iliad’, an ancient poem that tells about the battle.
Think deeply about and discuss complex themes - fate, pride, strength and family.
Develop the ability to hold challenging story narratives in our heads.
Produce creative responses to the story, through art.

The best thing is that when the class is over, your child can pass the story on to the next generation!
I have taught this project in UK primary schools since 2019, and am able to teach it in a way that is age-appropriate in terms of challenge and content.

Testimonial from a UK teacher whose students I taught:

'I was amazed at how, through Jonny's storytelling - which was both intricate and engaging - the children were able to internalise the complex narrative and use all of the new vocabulary.'
Homework Offered
There is no compulsory homework element to the project, but children typically enjoy developing some DIY armour for battle, ready for Lessons 3 and 4. This is entirely optional and the making would take place outside our five lessons. The supply list below is suggested if your child would enjoy crafting a costume, but I emphasise that this is not essential.
Assessments Offered
Should parents request it, I will write a short report about any children who take part in all five lessons. This will include my observations about their engagement, enthusiasm, confidence knowledge and questioning.
Grades Offered

If your child would like to, they can craft some armour ready to go to battle in lessons 3 and 4
Children may wish to create helmets, swords, shields and body armour using basic crafting - pens, scrap cardboard, sellotape and scissors are all that would be required. 

If your child does not wish to do this, that is absolutely fine. If they do, that is also fine.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The theme of the story is the Trojan War - we will be discussing war and violence in this class. 
All images I use are appropriate, with no visual depictions of violence or blood.
Extracts from Homer's 'The Iliad' (translated by Ian Johnstone - available online)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(611)

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for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Completed by 127 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
3-12 learners per class

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