The Battle of Marathon

As part of our History work, we have been learning all about Ancient Greece.  Over half term for homework, the children created fantastic Ancient Greek shields.  We put the shields to good use this week exploring Ancient Greek warfare. We studied film footage and pictures of the battle formation of a phalanx during the Batlle of Marathon. We then worked in groups of eight replicating arrows with foam javelins.  If the children got hit, they were injured and had to leave the group.  We then discussed how effective the battle formation was and what sorts of problems they encountered.