Year 3s go in to the Underworld with Orpheus

This week, some of our Year 3s, reenacted the Greek myth “Orpheus and Eurydice”.  The objective was to start gaining an understanding of the ancient Greek concepts and beliefs. It was also to help the pupils empathise with the variety of characters, who include gods, heroes and mythical creatures,  Cerberus – the three-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld – being one of them.

One of the messages of the story is that if you want something badly enough, you can usually find ways of achieving it. In this story, it was Orpheus who was determined to bring his dead wife back from the Underworld.

When asked what they thought of the lesson, pupils made the following comments:

“We were brilliant at acting out the part where Orpheus goes into the Underworld.” Toby

“The three-headed dog should have done more growling.” Mide

“I felt that it all went well. We could have perhaps given Cerberus a chain.” Thomas

“Can we act it out again?” Li

“I loved the story and the enthusiasm of everyone was catching.” Eddie