Ancient Greece

Block J - Olympics

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 significance of the Ancient Greece Olympics. Research the details and structure of the ancient Olympics and recreate significant parts of them in this block!

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: Going to the games

Research what Ancient Games was like, the opening ceremony, who visited and what they did; experience an Olympic opening ceremony with singing and feasting.

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02: The first olympic games

Research the Olympic flame, its origins in Olympia and journey to the host’s stadium; consider the importance the god Zeus played in the Games and why olive leaf wreaths were given to the winners; make Olympic torches and olive leaf wreaths.

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03: Event and spectators

Research the events at the original Olympic Games and compare to modern day Olympic Games; imagine what it would have been like for the spectators of the Ancient Greek Games and research famous athletes.

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04: Class closing feast

Research how the Ancient Greeks celebrated the end of the Games; host a class Olympic Games’ closing feast; prepare and deliver 2 minute long performances, such as speeches, juggling and wise philosophical words to the spectators at the Games’ feast.