|The English National Curriculum does not give
much time to study in History in great depth. Because of the lack of time there is the
risk of misconception when dealing with a subject such as Ancient Greece ... over 1000
years of History and Myth.
- Was Heracles real?
- What about the Wooden Horse of Troy?
- Did Archimedes meet Pythagoras?
Rather than deal with the whole of Ancient Greece we just
deal with 26 years worth!! The war between Athens and Sparta.
We have two families. One from Athens and one from Sparta.
We can read just like in a play or a soap about what happens to each member of the family
at different points in time. The characters also interact, so by reading about one, you
can infer things about others.
If half of the class read about Sparta and the other half
read about Athens you have the opportunity for some pretty meaningful discussion. For
example in Act 1
- Sparcus the Younger & Poliphus the Younger deal with
differences in boy's education
- Carintha & Polonia raise the differences between boy/girl
- Trepula & Appala : the status of women in the two city
The teacher summary at the 'foot' of each Act gives the
Family 'Surfboards' are provided for each Act to help
children keep track and note the main points. There are also 'autobiography' sheets
for each character that can be built up as the action progresses.
We apologise from the start for any offence that we cause to
serious historians... but we haven't made it ALL up. If you would like to read our
'sources' for yourself then these are included. Most of it ACTUALLY happened. Have fun!!