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It's all Greek to them

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

GREECE was the word for these youngsters!

Pupils at St Matthew's Primary School in Ipswich got a taste of ancient Greek-style culture, food and fun at a special history event.

GREECE was the word for these youngsters!

Pupils at St Matthew's Primary School in Ipswich got a taste of ancient Greek-style culture, food and fun at a special history event.

Children in years five and six have been doing a project on ancient Greece – and a visit from the company History off the Page brought it all to life for them.

First off, the children made a variety of Greek-style items, including pottery, necklaces, mosaics, wax tapers and little medicine bags.

They also crushed olives to make oil, and even took part in a mini-archaeological dig, discovering a selection of items hidden in a box of earth.

"They had a fantastic time and they were all so thrilled and excited with it all," said Sarah McCraw, humanities co-ordinator at the school.

"I think they will remember all the little details of the things they made."

Next, the youngsters divided into groups, with some as slaves serving a banquet, and others as soldiers demonstrating their athletic powers.

Sainsbury's at Hadleigh Road in Ipswich donated a selection of Greek goodies, including pitta bread, feta cheese, dates and olives.

Instead of wine, the children drank blackcurrant juice, served in silver goblets.

All the children made their own Greek costumes for the special day, with a little help from mums and dads of course!

"A lot of work went into the costumes and we were very pleased with how it all went," said Mrs McCraw.

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