Ancient Greece

Block G - Parthenon Marbles

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.

Learn about the great art of the Ancient Greeks through the details on the Parthenon Marbles, learn techniques to help draw figures of people and animals as realistically as possible, and use the marbles as inspiration for creating drawings, paintings, and sculpture. Finally, learn about and debate the controversy over the ownership of the marbles.

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.

Supporting documents for topic
  • Week
  • Title
  • Download
+ Details
01: The Marbles

Learn the story depicted on the marbles and retell it through performance.

+ Details
02: The Art

Look in detail at the style of the art and compare it to other art styles in history that it influenced/ was influenced by. Make some sketches.

+ Details
03: Drawing

Work in teams to plan a visual story and then use pose-able models to draw a scene in that story in an Ancient Greek style.

+ Details
04: Sculpting

Using newspaper, mod roc and air-drying clay, sculpt a relief frieze of your scene.

+ Details
05: Display

Create a museum for your Parthenon Marbles, including writing labels and information boards.

+ Details
06: Elgin

Research how Elgin acquired the marbles and various points of view about who should own them now, preparing for a debate.

+ Details
07: The Debate

Invite another class, the whole school or even parents and governors to see your museum, and hold a debate on who should own the marbles.