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Significant Event: The Trojan War


Did you know that the Trojan War is a famous story told in the Iliad? The Iliad is an epic poem written down about 2,700 years ago, although the story is much older. It was first told and sung orally during the Greek Ages by travelling storytellers.

After the Greek Ages, Homer, a Greek poet, supposedly wrote down the entire story somewhere between 750 BC and 650 BC, so that it would never be forgotten. The Iliad is the story of the 10th and final year of the Trojan War. It focuses on a brave and powerful Greek warrior, Achilles. We explored the story of the Trojan War and then used our knowledge and understanding to rewrite the (epic) tale in 100 words!


Here is an example from Amelia, Class 8:


Three Goddesses had an argument so they asked Prince Paris of Troy to settle it. Paris accepted Aphrodite's deal so that he would fall in love with a woman called Helen- the queen of Sparta. King Menelaus, the King of Sparta, was extremely angry so sent an army to get her back. The tiring battle lasted for ten years. The war finally came to an end because the Greek’s created a wooden horse to trick the Trojans. At first, the Trojan’s thought it was a gift from the Gods however the Greek’s were inside and killed them all.



Did you know that historians cannot be certain the Trojan War actually happened? When we explored the facts we learnt that, according to the Greek literary evidence, there were at least two Trojan Wars (Heracles’ and Agamemnon’s), not one. This made us think that the story in the Illiad, although amazing, is unreliable.' - Isabelle - C8


I think that the key figures in the Trojan War, such as Hector and Achilles, are portrayed so well that they have to have been real. I hope the Trojan War actually happened as I like to believe in all of the heroes it describes! - Anthony, C7

Understanding Significant Figures


We have used our History lessons to focus on significant characters who played a key role in the Trojan War. In particular, we focused on Hector and Achilles, two major figures! We explored their legacy and highs and lows during the war. As a result, this developed our understanding when reading our class book, 'The Tale of Troy.'


I was so excited for the appearance of Achilles in our class book as I know how he was thought of as the best warrior the Greeks had! The book developed my understanding of Achilles as I learnt he wasn't as noble as I first thought. He stole from people, demanded gold and even refused to fight for a long-period of the war!' - Scott, C5


Before reading, 'The Tale of Troy' I loved Achilles and thought he was a hero. However, after reading the book I changed my opinion; Hector was the true hero! Hector fought until the end for Troy and although he knew he could not win he did not give up. The book enabled me to understand the two significant figures in more detail.' - Isabella, C8

Motion: Zeus was the most powerful of all Ancient Greek Gods.


We used our understanding of the Greek go and goddesses during a debate topic in Literacy. After collecting evidence from previous work, here are two examples of our propositional and oppositional points; showcasing our understanding. Who do you agree with?


'People of the audience I am certain you will agree with me! Zeus has a number of powers that included throwing lightning bolts, controling the weather and even people into animals. How could anyone deny his true strength? He was the most powerful God!' - Alex, C5

'Only an idiotic fool would believe Zeus was the most powerful God! Zeus only became the king as he had help to defeat his father from his loyal brothers Hades and Poseidon. Without them, he would not have survived. I ask you how he can be the most powerful god when he does not work alone?' - Michael, C6