Change of culture as children get into Greek spirit

IT'S ALL GREEK Stamshaw Junior School pupils enjoy a Greek Day. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123737-8674)
IT'S ALL GREEK Stamshaw Junior School pupils enjoy a Greek Day. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123737-8674)

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PUPILS got a taste of life in Greece as they spoke the language, sampled the food and danced as part of their very own Greek Day.

The Year 6 children from Stamshaw Junior School in Tipner have been learning about Greece at school.

And the fun tied in with their literacy work, as this week the pupils will be writing a newspaper article about their experiences of Greek Day.

The youngsters arrived at school dressed as ancient Greeks.

They then pretended to fly to Greece and watched a video about flying. When they arrived they pretended to visit three different villages.

They had the opportunity to learn Greek and they tried out some dancing.

Gemma Gwilliam, Year 6 teacher and leader of English, lived in Greece for four months as she has family out there.

She said: ‘We were comparing ancient Greece to modern-day Greece. We looked at the Olympics too. It was amazing. For me, from a teachers point of view, they were engaged and excited.’

The school had a visit from staff of the Southsea-based Greek restaurant Steki.

They tried different food such as olives, hummus, pitta bread, tzatziki and Greek yoghurt with honey .

‘They got to try food they hadn’t had before,’ added Miss Gwilliam.

‘We try and give them a range of different stimuli but there is nothing like a real hands-on experience.

‘Children definitely learn better from a hands-on experience.

‘They were worn out by the end of the day but they were smiling and wanted to tell their parents all about it.’

Katie Evans, 10, said: ‘I think it was fun and exciting. We weren’t just having fun, we were learning.

‘I learnt how to speak Greek which I never knew. It was 100 per cent fun.’

Brandon Lashley, 10, added: ‘It was really fun. We had lots of things to learn about.’