Ancient Greece

Block I - Aesop

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 historical background of Aesop, his fables and the illustrations. Discuss your learning, create your own fables, and round off the block by explaining Aesop to younger children and reading your own story to them!

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: Introduction to Aesop

Research the history of Aesop and his fables; discover the history of the illustrations of Aesop's Fables.

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02: The Fables

Discuss your understanding of a story; understand the importance of oral story telling; retell from memory a fable they have become familiar with and finally assess what the stories tell us about life in Ancient Greece.

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03: Plan a storyboard

Make sketches in a sketchbook based on other artists' work; Plan a story using a storyboard using your knowledge of Aesop and his fables.

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04: Write a picture book

Rewrite a story in your own words based on previous drafts; Illustrate your story based on previous drafts and sketches.

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05: Reading to others

Give a structured account of Aesop and read your own story to younger children.