Gold Galore! Junior School

Year 2 enjoyed a visit to the Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum near the Acropolis in Athens on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016. As part of their topic work in science this term, the pupils have been discussing Changes in Materials. They were awestruck watching how gold is melted and worked with using various techniques to produce intricately beautiful gold pieces of art.

A hands-on approach to the workman’s bench and tools; a look at semi-precious stones like amethyst and obsidian in their natural forms; as well as a video on fine gold techniques, all had the pupils mesmerized. They even tried on a large golden snake and ancient neck piece!

Pupils were then asked to produce a sketch of their own which may end up as the basis for “real jewellery” from the Lalaounis craftsmen. Wouldn't that be a treat to see!