Year 4 will learn all about the Ancient Greeks as part of their The Ancient Greeks topic. They will look at all the amazing ideas and inventions that the Ancient Greeks gave to the world and how they lived their everyday lives. They will learn about the country of Greece itself and its climate. They will learn about Ancient Greek gods and myths.
- Enjoy listening to some Greek myths on the BBC Schools Radio website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/history/ancient_greek_myths
- ‘Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’ is home to over 2,300 artefacts from Ancient Greece and best of all admission is free: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag
- If you are able to make the journey into London ‘The British Museum’ has a vast collection of Ancient Greek artefacts (the largest in the UK) to be admired, entrance is free: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
- ‘The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology’ in Reading houses one of the largest collections of Ancient Greek pottery in the UK and is worth a look if you are in the vicinity: http://www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/index.php
- The beautiful city of Cambridge is home to ‘The Fitzwilliam Museum’ which has a huge Ancient Greek collection: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
- ‘The Museum of Classical Archaeology’ is part of The University of Cambridge, and a visit there could be combined with a visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/
- ‘It’s All Greek’ is a business that specialises in Ancient Greek replicas, they are based in their shop in London but also sell their items online, check out their website here: https://itsallgreek.co.uk/
- Try some Greek foods such as Greek halva, Greek yogurt or Greek salad with feta cheese which you can buy from most supermarkets.
- There are many fantastic Greek restaurants in the midlands, if you have a special occasion coming up or just fancy a treat why not pop along to one to experience some authentic Greek dishes.
- If you’re feeling more adventurous and love to cook you could try cooking some Greek meals (with the help of adults) such as:
- Loukoumades (Greek doughnuts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr9wcS8xLfc
- Kelftiko (Greek lamb stew): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayGNdsRLR5E
- Make these delicious Delian sweets from an Ancient Greek recipe, the only ingredients you need are water, flour and honey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCMrPYs-S_U
- Try this recipe for traditional Greek halva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi3NfYx1eUg
- Greek salad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7qbUUD3klE
- Moussaka is similar to lasagne but made with minced lamb and aubergine slices instead of pasta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBJPStoe8Q
- Tzatziki is a tasty Greek yogurt and garlic dip that you can use on meat or simply to dip things into! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOkL5d8t1sM
- Baklava which is a delicious dessert made with filo pastry, honey and nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IIjVmMf5Nw
- Try making these lamb kebabs with babaganoush and enjoy them with some pitta bread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1jmz6H2RSc
- Write a comparison of the ancient and modern Olympics. How were they different and how were they the same? Are there any events from the ancient games that wouldn’t be allowed now? Perhaps there are some modern events that wouldn’t have been possible at the ancient games.
- Write a short story set in Ancient Greece. Perhaps your story will include a character that has travelled back in time from the modern day? Or an Ancient Greek person who travels to the future, what would they think of Britain today?
- Write the script for a Greek tragedy or comedy.
- Write a newspaper reporting the events of the very first Olympic Games.
- Write the diary for a person from Ancient Greece, perhaps you could write one for someone from Athens and another for a person from Sparta.
- Write a set of instructions on how to build a Greek temple or villa, or write your own Greek inspired recipe.
- Write an updated, modern version of an Ancient Greek myth or write your own myth set in Ancient Greece.
- Learn some more about Ancient Greek writing, language and the alphabet: http://www.yac-uk.org/userfiles/file/1429014688_Ancient_Greek_writing.pdf
- Read lots of different Greek myths on this website: http://greekmyths4kids.com/
- This website also has many Greek myths you can read: http://greece.mrdonn.org/myths.html
- This website has many myths and a map to show you were each is set, the stories are compatible with iPads: http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/
- ‘Ancient Greece (Eyewitness)’ by Dk is a fact-filled non-fiction book all about Ancient Greece.
- ‘A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Greece’ (Usborne Visitor Guides) by Lesley Sims; enjoy a virtual journey through Ancient Greece.
- ‘Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters’ by Donna Jo Napoli, is a large collection of Greek myths that can be enjoyed as a family.
- ‘Ancient Greeks’ (Usborne Beginners) by Stephanie Turnbull and Colin King is a book for early readers.
- ‘Spend the Day in Ancient Greece: Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life’ (Spend The Day Series) by Linda Honan is full of fun activities that children can do at home.
- ‘A Greek Theatre (Look Inside)’ by Peter Chrisp, will teach you more about the origins of theatre in Ancient Greece.
- ‘Art in History: Ancient Greek Art’ by Susie Hodge, will give readers a better insight into the art of the Ancient Greeks.
- ‘The Groovy Greeks’ (Horrible Histories) by Terry Deary, is one of the popular Horrible Histories books.
- Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories)by Terry Deary is another in the series.
- ‘Ancient Greeks Sticker Book’ (Usborne Sticker Books) by Fiona Watt and Paul Nicholls; if you like sticker fun you’ll love this book.
- ‘TOOLS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece’ by Kris Bordessa, fact fascinating facts all about the fantastic inventions that came out of Ancient Greece.
- ‘Ancient Greece and the Olympics: A Nonfiction Companion to Hour of the Olympics’ by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, learn more about the origins of the Olympics.
- ‘Ancient Greece (Food and Cooking In) by Clive Gifford, have fun cooking and eating some delicious food from Ancient Greece.
- ‘Geography Matters in Ancient Greece’ by Melanie Waldron, enjoy reading about the geography and landscape of Ancient Greece.
Work It Out!
- Who were Archimedes, Pythagoras, Plato, Hippocrates of Chios, Aristotle, Ptolemy and Archimedes? Make a fact file about one of them and explain why they are still famous now.
- Find out more about different famous Greek mathematicians on this website: http://www.crystalinks.com/greekmath.html or here: http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Indexes/Greeks.html
- Read about the history of Ancient Greek mathematics: http://www.storyofmathematics.com/greek.html or here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_mathematics
- What did Ancient Greek numerals look like? Find out and write some maths problems using them.
- Learn how to count like an Ancient Greek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HjRaRcQwho
- Learn more in detail about Ancient Greek numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQZZqkm5LQU
- What is an abacus and how is it used?
- What famous discoveries did Ancient Greek mathematicians make?
Children will look at Greek artefacts and learn how they were used by the Ancient Greeks and what their lives were like. They will compare life in Athens and Sparta and look at the differences and similarities between them. They will investigate the Ancient Greek Army and the role they played in the Ancient Greek world. They will learn about the role women played at the time and the jobs that they did. They will learn about famous Ancient Greeks and the legacy they left behind and learn what the Ancient Greeks did to amuse themselves.
- This website has a huge collection of information and links about the Ancient Greeks, it’s well worth a look: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Greece.html
- The BBC Bitesize website has 7 fantastic different areas full of facts and photos about Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Greek way of life: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z87tn39
- There are 5 different video clips about the Ancient Greeks here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z87tn39/resources/1
- This history website especially for kids is a great place to start if you want to learn more about the Ancient Greeks: http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-greece.html
- On this website you can print off a wide variety of colouring and activity sheets about Ancient Greece: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/ancient-greece
- Learn this funny song about Ancient Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy38VzzEF84
- The theatre was a very popular and important part of Ancient Greek culture. Why not make your own using a paper plate or cardboard mask, just like the ones worn by actors in Ancient Greece. Search online for pictures of Ancient Greek Theatre masks to give you an idea of how yours should look. Make a few then get your friends or siblings to join you in acting out a Greek Myth.
- Learn more about Ancient Greek theatre online, this video is a good place to start if you want to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSRLK7SogvE
- What other leisure activities did the Ancient Greeks enjoy? Research on the internet or at your local library.
- What famous Ancient Greeks do we know about? What made them famous? Investigate with your family.
- What were homes, towns, cities and monuments like in Ancient Greece? Investigate then draw or make some using materials you have at home such as Plasticine or clay.
- Watch this video then try making and painting your own Ancient Greek clay vase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1qx5kohof0
- Learn how to make Ancient Greek temple in Minecraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7mrk8cM3Gg
- This video will show you how to make an Ancient Greek helmet using card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z95mPR8KyIA
- What did the Ancient Greeks wear? Draw some pictures of the different sorts of clothes they might have worn. Watch this video for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65WUuFPmHnw
- Watch this video of the Greek alphabet – how is it different to ours? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AwfeLakC7I
- Practise saying hello in Greek: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/greek/talk/greetings/
- Practise saying your name in Greek: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/greek/talk/name/
- Make a PowerPoint presentation about Ancient Greece.
- Design your own menu for an Ancient Greek restaurant.
- Look more closely at a Greek temple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F59pH4UJjz4
Children will compare modern and Ancient Greece. They will learn about the geography and the climate of the country. They will then compare Greece to the UK, specifically looking at the differences in the coast line such as: climate, jobs, and species of fish, tourism, lifestyle and landscape. They will also look at the geography of the world on a global scale; naming and labelling continents and countries and understanding the meaning of longitude and latitude.
- Draw and label a map of modern Greece and a map of Ancient Greece, compare the two.
- Film a weather report for Greece.
- Get some holiday brochures of Greece from a travel agent and make a collage of photos.
- If you’ve ever been to Greece write about or draw your experiences. If you’ve also been to the seaside in the UK how did it compare to Greece?
- Have you ever been to the beach in in the UK? What did you do and where did you go? You could make a scrap book of photos, drawings and writings about your experience.
- Which modern countries were part of Ancient Greece? What are they called now and why are they no longer part of Greece?
- Have you ever been abroad? If so which countries have you visited, or even lived in? What are they like? Which continent are they in? What is the climate and the landscape like? Is it similar of different to the UK?
- Click on this link to download a PowerPoint presentation all about modern Greece: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/modern-day-greece-6287986
- This website has lots of information about Greece: http://www.ducksters.com/geography/country/greece.php
- Watch this video clip about the geography and history of Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FVpL4ma8nQ
- This video will show you lots of footage of Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKU_mA7MQdg
- This video has lots of clips of different beaches and coast lines of Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7fXJOyxl7I
- More footage of Greece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHqG_oOSN7I
- Read about the differences in food in modern and Ancient Greece: http://www.olivetomato.com/food-and-eating-ancient-greece-vs-modern-greece/
- Look at the official Greek Tourism website: http://www.visitgreece.gr/
- Look more closely at Greece using Google Earth.
Year 4 will be gathering information on Ancient Greece and organising it into their very own Wikipedia page.
- Look at the actual Wikipedia page for Ancient Greece. You will learn lots of interesting facts and also learn about the structure of Wikipedia itself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greece
- Try navigating Wikipedia itself looking at other subjects that interest you.
Children will look at Ancient Greek sculpture and how the human body is proportioned; they will then use this knowledge to draw several sketches of themselves and their friends. They will also look Ancient Greek art on paintings and vases and use various techniques to create their own art in a similar style.
- Find an old card board box and cut out a large circle. Use paints to decorate your shield in the style of Ancient Greek soldiers. Finish it off with two cardboard loops and the back so you can slot it onto your arm.
- Winners at the Olympic Games were awarded with olive leaf wreaths to wear on their heads. Make your own by cutting a long strip of paper and measuring it to fit around your head. Then stick or tape it together. Finally cut out some leaves from green paper and stick them all around the outside.
- You could make an Olympic winner’s wreath out of cardboard or try this version using baked bread: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-an-olympic-medal
- Here is a link to show you how you could make an Olympic torch out of an empty drinks bottle, tin foil and paper: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-an-olympic-torch
- Paint your own Olympic flag or poster, or make a flag or poster of the Greek national flag.
- Use an old drinks bottle and get help to cut the top off making it into a vase shape. Use sticky tape to stick paper around the empty bottle once it is clean and dry. After that use orange and then black paint to paint an Ancient Greek style design around your vase and voila you have your very own Ancient Greek artefact! Don’t forget to check online to see what Ancient Greek designs look like.
- Draw or paint your family in the Ancient Greek style.
Year 4 will design, make and evaluate a Greek style sandal.
- Do you own a pair of sandals? Look at them closely to see how they were made, what materials were used?
- What about other members of your family? If they have sandals how are they similar or different to yours?
- Design a different type of footwear such as trainers, school shoes or football boots. What materials would you use and why? What colour would they be?
Listen to It!
Children will listen to music inspired by the Trojan War and sing songs based on the theme.
- Make up your own song about the Ancient Greeks.
- Listen to this version of ‘Let It Go’ from the film ‘Frozen’ sang in Ancient Greek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX_MSrE9WtE
- Listen to this Ancient Greek music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh51m6glEHo
- If you particularly enjoy singing perhaps you could have a go at some karaoke, have some singing lessons or join a youth musical theatre group, look here for more information: http://www.mywalsall.org/kids-directory/index.php?view=walsall-activities&aid=1
For PE Year 4 will get fit in the style of Ancient Olympians! They will learn the history of the Olympic Games and compete in different games and activities in mini-Olympic events. They will also enjoy playing basketball outside.
- Learn more about the history of the Olympics by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHHus8IgYA
- Watch this short documentary clip about the ancient Olympics and see where they would have taken place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8ztMlmavBw
- Watch the best of the modern Winter Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdn1-vO_-Qk
- Watch the highlights of the London Olympics in 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbsXUJITa40
- Invite your friends or family to take part in your own Olympic games. If you’ve made the flags, wreath, torch or medals from the Create it! Section you could use those to make it more authentic.
- Are there any events from the Olympics you would particularly like to try? If so perhaps you could join a local club to find out more. They also have details of local basketball clubs. If you’re unsure where to start look at these websites to find out more:
- You may be eligible for the Walsall Move it promotion that entitles adults and children to attends sports and leisure classes and centres at reduced costs from only £1, find out more here: http://www.whatsonwalsall.co.uk/UserFiles/file/LeisureCentres/move%20it%20flyer.pdf
Year 4 will learn about what the Ancient Greeks religious beliefs and the myths and customs associated with them.
- Make a list of as many different Ancient Greek gods and goddesses as you can and sort them into alphabetical order.
- Draw a picture of your favourite Ancient Greek god or goddess. Write some facts about them to go with it.
- What did the Ancient Greeks believe about how the gods lived and the powers they had? Write and research about them.
- Read some stories about Ancient Greek gods and goddesses (see the things to do section).
- Learn more about the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses on the British Museum website: http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/gods/explore/exp_set.html
- This website has lots more information and also colouring pages you can print off: http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-greek-gods.html
- The BBC Bitesize website has more information and clips about the gods: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgt7mp3
- There are lots of videos about Ancient Greek Gods and videos of myths available to watch on this website: http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythology/videos/greek-gods
- Watch this fun Greek god rap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V71ywBHK6wQ
- Watch this cartoon version of the myth of Pandora’s box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGTTAfwHugY
- This cartoon is the story of Hercules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZcu7wU2nB0&list=PLY-ydBusPRbUBV4jJrcF7YbgvkeNHgXb-
- You’ll laugh out loud at these Groovy Greeks clips from the fabulous Horrible Histories series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzLHq5pBCIU&list=PL31KgkgYdVbEKAVHWLQ9f1QAwFME5LZOw
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