The Ancient Greeks Year 4 Spring 2 Activities

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.

 

Do It!

 

Write It!

  • 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 It!

  • 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!

 

Remember It!

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.

 

Explore It!

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.

 

Compute It!

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.

 

Create It!

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.

 

Make It!

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.

 

Get Active!

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.

 

Understand It!

Year 4 will learn about what the Ancient Greeks religious beliefs and the myths and customs associated with them.

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