Ancient Greece

Block H - Education

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.

What was it like to go to school in Ancient Greece? Appreciate the role of education in the lives of the Ancient Greeks. Learn about their school days, as well as some of the great thinkers of this period!

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: What subjects were taught?

Discover what school was like for rich boys in Ancient Greece and what home education might have been like for girls; role-play a boy’s life in school; make an abacus; learn to weave, in the same way that the girls learnt from their mothers.

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02: School in Athens

Role-play a child’s typical day in Athens; learn about the Classical Greek alphabet; make clay tablets and inscribe them with words in Classical Greek.

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03: School in Sparta

Role-play a child’s typical day in Sparta; think about the Spartan goals of education versus the Athenian ideals; take part in a debate about the merits of each system.

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04: The Great Thinkers

Learn about the Great Thinkers of Ancient Greece; make bust of significant Greek Thinkers out of modelling material; open the class as a museum about Athens, Sparta and the Thinkers.