THE ILIAD PROJECT
Creativity. Culture. Rigour. Laughter.
The Iliad Project introduces children and young people to one of the most ancient and timeless stories - Homer's 'The Iliad', the tale of the Trojan War.
Jonny's retelling draws out the drama, rivalry and philosophy, and it is shared with pupils in a way that is memorable, entertaining and age-appropriate.
This is our flagship online project, which we are running with schools during times of virtual learning.
The project is delivered over the course of five hour-long lessons, delivered over Google Meet or Zoom.
The sessions are all facilitated by Jonny Walker.
Through engaging with extracts from Homer's 'The Iliad' as well as storytelling, role-play, writing-in-role and analysing paintings, children learn of a rich interpretation of one of the oldest stories of European civilisation.
The focus of the project is in developing deep enquiry, philosophical discussion and analytical skills. It is worth saying that I do make it very fun too - unashamedly so. Drawing out the strangeness of the story, with comedic retelling, ensures that all children will be able to access the story, and enjoy doing so.
Our interpretation of the story explores the tales of the Apple of Discord, the Marriage of Helen and the Birth of Achilles, and uses these three strands to preface the events of the Trojan War.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 will engage with extracts of the Homeric text and learn high level comprehension strategies, as well as develop techniques of storytelling and art appreciation. Through lively facilitation, children freely take roles within the narrative and the project is a great vehicle for the development of students' oracy and performance.
Pupils in Year 3 and 4 will take part in the project as above, but with less of a focus on extracts from the Homeric text. The focus is on philosophical discussion, prediction, storytelling and enquiry.
The sessions all build on each other, and regular questioning and quizzing ensures children can manage the ambitious and very rewarding task of holding onto the story. Each session draws out key vocabulary - prophecy, oath, pride and wrath - and each session also draws out reflection on key figures in the story. The final session gives children space to go deep into their discussions and reflections, having engaged with a full telling, and we create time for children to re-tell themselves, with a combination of writing and art.
Session One - Prophecy and Achilles
Session Two - An Oath and Helen
Session Three - Pride and Agamemnon
Session Four - Wrath and the Survivors
Session Five - The Legacy and Our Responses
I endeavour to get pupils fully involved in the sessions; speaking, listening, thinking and performing.
I can facilitate for up to 120 pupils at a time.
This may mean multiple year groups, or you could paid up with a local school and split the cost.
Cost for the five live-sessions - £800
In Spring 1 (Jan - Feb) the project is currently running successfully online:
75 x Year 3 pupils at Park Primary in Stratford
100 x Year 5/6 pupils at Glade Primary in Ilford.
This can be facilitated for schools internationally.
Availability for Spring 2 Term (updated regularly)
Monday AM - available
Monday PM - available
Tuesday AM - booked
Tuesday PM - booked
Wednesday AM - booked
Wednesday PM - booked
Thursday AM - booked
Thursday PM - booked
Friday AM - available
Friday PM - available
Note - If your school is in East London - Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Redbridge, Waltham Forest - I may be able to run the project working with your keyworker/vulnerable student bubbles. I spend the morning working face-to-face with pupils on the drama, art, myth and culture around the tale, before they join their classmates online for the Zoom/Google Meet in the PM.
Enquire if interested.
I WAS AMAZED AT HOW, THROUGH JONNY'S STORYTELLING, WHICH WAS BOTH INTRICATE AND ENGAGING, THE CHILDREN WERE ABLE TO INTERNALISE THE COMPLEX NARRATIVE AND USE ALL OF THE NEW VOCABULARY.
RICHARD HODKIN, LKS2 PHASE LEADER AT PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
"THROUGH THE DRAMA ACTIVITIES AND RE-ENACTMENT OF KEY PARTS OF THE STORY, AND THE CHILDREN WERE ABLE TO FULLY IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN THE NARRATIVE AND KEY THEMES OF THE ILIAD."
LISA NAYLOR, TEACHER AND P4C TRAINER AT GALLIONS PRIMARY SCHOOL