Ancient Greece

Block A - Timeline

Discover the lasting influence of the Ancient Greeks on the western world. Investigate the timeline and four main periods of the Greek Empire. Explore different kinds of historical sources and evaluate their usefulness. Marvel at Alexander the Great and the empire under his leadership. Learn about trading and design, research lifestyle and clothing, and study key Ancient Greek buildings. Research the historical background of Aesop and his fables. Learn about the roles and rights of free men, women, children and slaves in Ancient Greece and research democracy. Examine the exciting Olympics and its modern legacy.

Find out about the four main time periods of the Greek Empire. Learn key information from each era and wow your invited guests as you teach them everything you have learned about the chronology of the Ancient Greeks.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Up to 1000 BCE - The Greek Dark Ages Part 1

Research information about the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations; make a clay pot and decorate it with the designs of that time; use your pot to store your key facts.

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02: 1000-800 BCE - The Greek Dark Ages Part 2

Find out about the Greeks from 1000-800 BCE including the establishment of city-states; make clay pot, decorate it with the bold linear designs of this era and use it to store key information about this period of time.

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03: 800-500 BCE - The Archaic Period

Discover how the Greek empire expanded during the Archaic Period; make a pot and decorate it with images of black stylised figures.

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04: 500-300 BCE - The Classical Period

Learn about the unification of the city-states during the Classical Period; make a clay pot and decorate it with human figures in the Persian wars.

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05: 300-30 BCE - The Hellenistic Period

Understand about the end of the Greek Empire; create a 3D ‘timeline’ of artefacts which is made of pots and includes information from each time period; invite other children to view the timeline.