YEAR Three pupils got the chance to dress in their finest togas and learn about the birthplace of Western civilisation.

The youngsters at Lee Chapel Primary School, based in The Knares, Basildon, loved the chance to explore the past with the interactive day looking at the Greek culture, history and achievements.

A special day of interactive learning saw them take part in a number of fun activities as they took a look back into the past to see what life was like for the ancient civilisation.

The children dressed up as gladiators, Ancient Greeks and Spartans for the day.

Golden headdresses were aplenty as the children creatively designed their outfits.

They also took part in various activities such as drawing and crafts to learn more about those who lived 2,500 years ago.

The classes of pupils got creative, making a variety of themed items which helped them see how society has changed - and stayed the same over the years.

They all loved the opportunity to discover more about the Ancient Greeks and see how they have influenced us today.

The Greeks were great thinkers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians, founding democracy, promoting sport and making discoveries in maths and science.