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SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

The Hellenic Museum offers a broad range of curriculum-aligned education programs for secondary school students.

 

The Hellenic Museum Secondary School Workshop Program is designed to enrich teaching and learning history for year 7 and 8 students. Workshops are defined by the Object-based learning approach. This enables students to handle ancient artefacts to make inspiring and personal investigations of history, while unpacking historical and archaeological forms of inquiry. 

Workshops bring to life the ideas and practices of ancient Greek civilisation in contact with the broader Mediterranean, Asian and Early Modern world.

Workshops explore Victorian Curriculum History content knowledge under the following categories:

  • Ancient world and early civilisations: 60 000 (BCE) – c. 650 (CE) (Europe and the Mediterranean world and The Asia-Pacific world) 

  • Middle Ages and early exploration: Expanding Contacts: Discovery and Exploration

Participants develop critical historical skills such as identifying historical continuity and change, and analysing primary and secondary sources.

Explore our range of Secondary School Workshop Programs below.

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VITAL VASES: The archaeology of ancient Greek ceramics

Students explore one of the most important finds from the ancient world – pottery. Using archaeological techniques to assess ceramics (from Neolithic to Classical), students evaluate their strengths and weaknesses as primary sources revealing ancient political, cultural and economic realities.

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HISTORIA: Discover the Methods of Historians through time

In this seminal workshop students investigate the ancient origin of history, and how historical thinking has developed overtime to interpret the past. Decoding a range of primary and secondary sources, students interrogate the nature of historical interpretation and the archaeological record.

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HOW TO DISCOVER DAILY LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE

Students will become archaeologists for a day. Using historical and archaeological techniques, they will interpret artefacts to discover what life was like in ancient Greece from food eaten to city life, trade and rituals.

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FROM THE MISTS OF TIME: Appearance, progress and fall of civilisations

While engaging with artefacts from Neolithic to Roman Greece, students will discuss the origins of civilisations, how they develop and change, why they fall and how civilisation has been conceptualised by different historical perspectives.

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Forming Socratic Discussion Circles, students critically investigate artefacts and texts that reveal key ancient Greek artistic ideas, knowledge and practices that lay the foundation of the Renaissance. Connecting the dots, students interrogate continuity and change between antiquity and the modern world.

ANCIENT GREECE & THE RENAISSANCE: Roots of a modern world 

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CIVICS & CITIES: Ancient Democracy

By examining and handling ancient artefacts, students learn how democracy started in ancient Athens and how the poleis developed. Students investigate Athens’ democratic leaders, compare Athenian and Spartan government and apply their learning by staging ancient democratic elections.

COMING SOON

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ANCIENT BOARD GAMES: In the minds of the ancients 

Students play ancient Greek, Egyptian and Chinese board games to discover what they reveal about ancient societies’ values, rituals and practices. To explore ideas behind games, students investigate museum artefacts relating to warfare, mythology and the underworld. 

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ANCIENT CULTURES: Greece and Rome 

Analysing literature and artefacts, students explore the cultural, political and economic intersection between Greece and Rome, two of the most influential civilisations in the Western world. Critical conversations are opened about the inheritance, power and limitations of the Western world, and historians’ interpretations about links between civilisations.

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LIFE & DEATH IN ANCIENT GREECE

Exploring funerary artefacts and texts, students will investigate how funerary practices changed from Paleolithic to Hellenistic Greece, and what they reveal about the ancient Greek psyche, religion and social organisation. Comparative analysis will be made with ancient Egypt.

COMING SOON

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Using knowledge processing tools and archaeological and visual analysis techniques, students will work in groups to find evidence in museum collections that supports or disproves a series of statements about different features of life in ancient Greece. 

HOW TO DISCOVER DAILY LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE

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TRADE & EXPANSION: Mediterranean networks – Asian encounters 

Students will investigate how ancient Greek trade developed and connected diverse cultures, resources and ideas from Greece to Egypt, Rome and Asia. Students will evaluate how this shaped Greek society in a globalising world. 

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