GREECE was the word when children from a town primary school paid a visit to a college to kick start a history project and get a taste of life in another country.
A total of 48 Year 5 youngsters from Lynnfield Primary School, in Grosvenor Street, Hartlepool, travelled the short distance to Hartlepool College of Further Education as part of a school project on ancient Greece.
After touring the facilities of the recently opened multi-million pound college, the youngsters gathered in one of the conference rooms to learn about the world’s oldest civilisation,
They were told that children in Greece played with make-shift toys, fashioned out of wood and even stone. But by the time they were 15, they were expected to throw them away because they could marry.
From there, the children visited the college’s Flagship restaurant to get a taste of what meal times were like in ancient Greece.
There they had the chance to try a range of traditional Greek food, including Feta cheese, salad tossed in olive oil, along with traditional Greek cake.
The educational visit was arranged by Lynnfield teacher Jean Scott, who is heading up the Greek history project and was looking for a way to kick-start it.
Jean said: “So far, the children have just been learning about Greece in the classroom.
“They’ve learned about the geography of Greece and where it is in the world. But I wanted to really bring the subject to life for them, so I contacted the college and they were very keen to help.
“The children have been so impressed by the college that it will now be fixed in their minds as a place they can go to when they get older, so it has given them something to aspire to.”
Some of the Lynnfield pupils who visited the Stockton Street-based college were accompanied by their mums and dads as part of the school’s bid to get parents more involved in their children’s learning.
Among the pupils to go on the visit was Shamima Uddin, who said: “I enjoyed exploring the college and seeing stuff I’ve never seen before, like the engineering department.
“It looked like they were at work instead of in a classroom.”
Fellow pupil Brenden Madden found the college visit useful, adding: “It helped with learning about Greece. We tasted foods we’ve never tasted before and found out more about children in ancient Greece.
“They didn’t wear the same kind of school uniform that we wear. They wore a kind of cloth like a loin cloth that was tied with rope.”
Victoria Burrell, who was also on the visit, said: “I found it interesting to learn that girls got married when they were 15.
“I wouldn’t like to get married at 15. I think that at that age girls should still be in school.”
Jamie Whayman, who was also part of the visiting party, said: “It was an information blast and it really helped me understand what we’re learning about.”
Lynnfield’s successful visit to the college was hosted by catering lecturer Kevin Dove.
He said: “We’re keen to foster relationships with the community.
“When we heard that the Lynnfield children were learning about Greece and were keen to sample Greek food as part of their learning, we were very keen to embrace that and show the youngsters and their teachers what we have to offer.”