Ancient Greece

Block C - Empire

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.

Research the fascinating life of Alexander the Great and some of the places he and his troops saw. Recreate some of the episodes in his life through improvisation and performance.

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: The life of Alexander

Research Alexander's life and, work out how we know about him and assess some of the sources about his life.

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02: Other characters

Makeup character cards with details of the lives of some of the main people who feature in the stories of Alexander.

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03: The Greek Empire

Research what some of the cities that Alexander captured looked like and what kind of environments he travelled through.

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04: Making scenery

Plan and make some backdrops to go with the performance of Alexander's life.

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05: Performing

Put on an improvised performance of Alexander's life.