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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    IntroductionTime and change in stories

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Olympic Games, Classical and Modern

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    Introduction 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 inspired. Apart from the glamour of visiting superstars and of visitors from across...

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  • Teaching the Ancient Greeks: an introduction

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Please note: this guide was written before the new National Curriculum...

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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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  • A European Study: Ancient Greece

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    Ancient Olympic Games and other lessons available on this site: Ancient Greek Government is one of the most popular lessons this website - it's good for citizenship too.

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  • The Iliad

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    The aims of this Iliad lesson for year 4/5 children are: to develop an understanding of the weapons and tactics used in ancient Greek warfare to be able to read and understand a challenging text and extract information from it. Literacy objectives are to develop the children's skills in: extracting...

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  • Archimedes and the Syracusan War

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    Cross-curricular History and Science in the Literacy Hour Archimedes and how his weapons worked Archimedes is an excellent subject. Indeed, Archimedes offers an excellent cross-curricular lesson opportunity, as he covers science, mathematics and a range of other areas, including cunning plans to defeat enemy armies and navies. The previous week...

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  • Archimedes and the Kings Crown

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    Cross-curricular History and Science in the Literacy Hour Problem-solving in science through story-telling: how did Archimedes work out much gold there was in the king's crown? Archimedes is an excellent subject. Indeed, Archimedes offers an excellent cross-curricular lesson opportunity, as he covers science, mathematics and a range of other subjects,...

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