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    The primary curriculum singles out the Ancient Greek civilisation for particular attention. Why are the Ancient Greeks so important? How far does their legacy affect our world today? In this section you will find podcasts, articles and resources to help develop your knowledge of this ancient civilisation. Click here to...

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  • Scheme of Work: Thematic study - Education

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    Children can be introduced to the idea that educating children has a long history with many changes over time, sometimes with turning points and significant developments.   This unit examines some ideas about change, e.g. the pace and nature of change, the impact of change and continuity.   It draws upon content...

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  • Teaching the Ancient Greeks

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    Ancient Greece has been part of the primary national curriculum since its inception in 1991 so you may already have a viable scheme of work and classroom resources in place. However, this is not a reason for eschewing the opportunity to review what you are doing, especially to explore how...

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  • Podcast Series: Women in Ancient Greece & Rome

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    In this series of podcasts Dr Richard Hawley of Royal Holloway, University of London looks at the history of women in Ancient Greece and Rome.

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  • Podcast: Ancient Greece & Rome - Similarities and Differences

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    In this podcast Dr Ursula Rothe & Dr Colin Andrews of the Open University discuss how social, moral and religious life in Rome differed from that of ancient Greece.

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  • Podcast Series: Ancient Greek Myths and Legends

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    In this podcast Dr Fiona Hobden of the University of Liverpool looks at what Greek myths and legends can tell us about how the early ancient Greeks saw their world.

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  • Podcast: Ancient Greek Drama

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    In this podcast Dr Fiona Hobden of the University of Liverpool discusses what Greek tragedy and comedy tell us about the society of Ancient Greece and what has been the legacy of the great writers of this period.

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  • Scheme of Work: Ancient Greece

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    Ancient Greece: life, achievements and its legacy In this unit, children use a range of sources to find about the life and achievements of the Ancient Greeks.  Through their investigations they find out about the city states of Athens and Sparta, warfare and seamanship, everyday life, beliefs, culture, and through Greek...

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  • HA Podcasted History: Ancient Persia

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    In this series of podcasts Professor Thomas Harrison of the University of Liverpool examines the Persian Empire, life in ancient Persian society and the Greek-Persian War.

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  • Polychronicon - Interpreting the Persian Wars: The Persian Version

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  • Story, myth and legend: The Story of Atalanta

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    IntroductionTime and change in stories

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  • Investigating the ancient olympic games: A Case Study

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    IntroductionIn a 10-week unit on Ancient Greece, we gave the fourth lesson over to the ancient Olympic Games. The class was a delight: 32 enthusiastic Year 6 children in an urban county primary school.We knew the children would have concepts of the Olympics gained from the modern games. So, we...

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  • Primary History 58

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    THE OLYMPICS: TEACHING HISTORY TODAY 04 Editorial: Nelson Mandela , Apartheid and the Olympics 05 Think Bubble: What ever happened to the Standing Long Jump? - Peter Vass 06 Public celebration of the 1864 Olympian Festival - Dominic Wallis PLANNING FOR THE OLYMPICS 08 Primary History and pla nning for...

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  • Ancient Greeks: The Olympics' War Games - Teaching through Drama

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    Introduction When I was a boy the Greek Olympics was one of the perennials of the primary history curriculum, alongside the Battle of Hastings and the execution of Charles I. I have memories of an old text book showing pictures of scantily-clad men competing doggedly under a burning sun, urged...

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  • The Olympic Games, Classical and Modern

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    IntroductionPossibly a ‘once in a lifetime' experience will be witnessing the British hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. Despite the inevitable commercialisation of the event, it will certainly be possible for children to be excited and inspired. Apart from the glamour of visiting superstars and of visitors from across the...

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  • Ancient Greece: Birthplace of the Olympics - Teacher Briefing

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    Editorial note: Below is a one-page outline of a wonderful briefing replete with visual and textual sources and teaching ideas from The Cambridge Schools  Classics Project (CSC P). The outline below consists of the full introduction and the opening sentences of each section...

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  • Teaching the Ancient Greeks

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    Why study Ancient Greece?The Ancient Greeks' legacy to us is enormous, ranging from philosophy to architecture, from word roots to drama, from education to history, and from science to democracy.The Ancient Greeks were great thinkers and inquirers and fortunately wrote down their theories, poems, plays, investigations, experiments and histories: they...

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  • Citizenship in Ancient Greece: case study

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    This was a ten-week Ancient Greece unit, taught to a Year 6 mixed ability class of 34 children. There was a strong citizenship strand running through the whole programme, particularly the strands of political literacy and critical enquiry (see below). Citizenship values and concepts, with teaching/learning activities in italicsAppreciation of...

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  • Visual image: boxing boys fresco from Ancient Greece

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    John Fines was working with a class of 28 Year 6 pupils, studying Ancient Greece. John wrote: Challenge is what the Nuffield Primary History project is all about, and I wanted the class to think hard about the Greeks and to question sources. My learning objectives were for the children...

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  • Storytelling: Socrates, Alcibiades, and Athenian democracy

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    Nigel Parker's Year 5 class had just made a start on the Ancient Greeks. In this lesson we began with Athenian democracy, where the free adult male citizens decided everything, even ostracizing generals they didn't like.The story of SocratesI told the children some of the story of Socrates, who taught...

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