Primary School Workshop
ANCIENT BOARD GAMES:
In the minds of the ancients
This fun and surprising workshop will get students playing and thinking just like the ancients! Students will discover how and why board games were invented and played by three powerful civilisations: the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese. Students will compare the similarities and differences between games today and in the past, and discover the values, rituals and practices of ancient societies through their games.
Using ancient board game templates, participants will play the Greek game Petteia and Chinese game of Go to delve into ancient warrior culture and battle strategy. Then they will try their hand at Egyptian Senet – a mysterious game that reveals the passage to the Underworld. To explore the ideas behind these games, students will engage with museum artefact collections relating to warfare, mythology and the underworld. To apply their knowledge students will attempt inventing their own labyrinth escape game based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
This workshop links with the following Victorian Curriculum F-10 Learning Areas and Capabilities:
Learning Areas: History, Visual Arts, Design and Technologies, Civics and Citizenship, English
Capabilities: Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking
Ideal for: Grades 1 – 6
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum
Classroom capacity: 25-30 students
Cost: $16 per student