Greece

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.

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  • How an atlas and a very old map can help us make sense of the ancient Greeks

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    The ancient Greeks were a maritime people – they travelled and traded vast distances by sea, but rarely left sight of land. They were also a very divided nation. Separate city states fiercely guarded their independence, only uniting [sometimes!] to fight against a common enemy like the Persians. The Greeks all...

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  • Whatever did the Greeks do for us?

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    The National Curriculum asks us to help our children to study ‘Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world’ [DfE 2013]. Lots of books explore the ancient Greeks [see, for example, Ancient Greece by Alf Wilkinson, Collins Primary Histories, published in 2019]. It is a familiar topic....

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  • Pull-out posters: Primary History 89

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    Where did the Vikings go to in ‘these islands’? Ancient Greece – Did you know…?

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  • A cultural legacy: the theatre of ancient Greece

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    Sometimes it is not easy to understand how the different units of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum were selected, but this is not true for the Ancient Greek unit. Since the renaissance period, knowledge of ‘the classics’ has been a central element for an educated man or woman. Ancient...

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  • Film: Primary History at greater depth

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    This primary workshop took place at at the Historical Association Annual Conference, Chester, May 2019. In this session, Stuart explored the principles of how working at greater depth can be applied into history units of work to allow the most able of learners to excel and fully reach their potential in history...

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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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    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 mythology, some of the key events...

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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 149: Interpreting the Persian Wars

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    Truth-loving Persians do not dwell upon The trivial skirmish fought near Marathon. So begins Robert Graves' poem, The Persian Version. The conceit of the poem is to invert the standard narrative of the Persian war of the early fifth century BC - a narrative drawn from Greek sources such as...

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  • Story, myth and legend: The Story of Atalanta

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Time and change in stories Everyone loves a story and stories have always been at the heart of early years education. Children can relate their own experiences of time to stories in picture books about other...

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  • Primary History 58: The Olympics

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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 planning for teaching the...

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  • Investigating the ancient Olympic games: A Case Study

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. In 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...

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

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. 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...

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  • The Olympic Games, Classical and Modern

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Possibly 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...

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  • Ancient Greece: Birthplace of the Olympics - Teacher Briefing

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. 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...

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