Olympic Games and Greek Mythology at School (LS-ES-273)

This Learning Scenario was created by Cristóbal Ángel Alonso López, a Spanish teacher working in London. The lesson is intended for Primary Students (10-11 years old) that will be working collaboratively in groups with the purpose of developing their creativity and innovation. The activities done can also be found on Cristóbal Ángel Alonso López’s blog. Last year he did a Learning scenario named “Who was Don Quixote de la Mancha?”.

The origins of the Olympic Games

The main axis of the project is getting to know the origins of the Olympic Games and its nexus to Greek mythology. In order to connect both topics, the lesson starts with short and simple videos, the reading of some books about this topic and the study of graphic and written resources that can be found on the Europeana Collections. The students will develop their digital and literacy skills in Spanish and English, and Social Sciences among the other subjects (i.e. Art or Social Values).

Students doing the activity. CC-BY-SA Cristobal Ángel Alonso
Students doing the activity. CC-BY-SA Cristobal Ángel Alonso

Teaching aims

We intend (1) to promote a creative spirit, interest, attitude and appreciation of effort, (2) to use ICT as a methodological change to create, express and support teaching and (3) to develop the key competences framework 2006/962/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006.

Learning outcomes

With this scenario, students will be able to produce summaries of texts, they will write a report following an established script that involves the search, selection and organization of information. They will also read small literary works, completing the proposed activities, and exposing their opinions.

On the other hand, students search, select and organize specific and relevant information, analyse them, reflect on the process followed and communicate about it orally and/or in writing. The students use ICT (Internet, blogs, social networks…) to prepare works with the appropriate terminology for the subjects dealt with.

Students completing the activity. CC-BY-SA Cristobal Angel Alonso
Students completing the activity. CC-BY-SA Cristobal Angel Alonso

As we well know, cultural heritage often brings artefacts to mind (paintings, drawings, prints, mosaics, sculptures), historical monuments and buildings, as well as archaeological sites. But the concept of cultural heritage is even wider than that and has gradually grown to include all evidence of human creativity and expression: photographs, documents, books and manuscripts, and instruments, etc. Either as individual objects or as collections.

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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.

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