Ancient Greece
Buildings

Discover the significance of temples to the Ancient Greeks. Research the features and roles of key Greek buildings and attempt to build your own. Make a model, shoot a short small world figure film and then host a movie premier for another class.

Session 1 The Temples, Palaces and Public Places

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘civilization’.
  • Understand Ancient Greece, Greek life, their achievements and influence on the western world.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products which are fit for purpose.

Teaching and Activities

Discover the importance of temples to the Ancient Greeks and that they were homes for the gods and goddesses; be familiar with some of the architectural features of Greek temples; build a temple like the Parthenon out of card and art straws and include a statue of the resident god or goddess.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of temples and become familiar with some of the architectural features of Greek temples.
  • To build a temple like the Parthenon and include a statue of the resident god or goddess.

Children will:

  • Understand the importance of temples to the Ancient Greeks and that they were homes for the gods and goddesses.
  • Be familiar with some of the architectural features of Greek temples.
  • Build a temple like the Parthenon out of card & art straws and include a statue of resident god or goddess.

You Will Need

  • Card
  • Art straws
  • Air-drying clay
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors

Session 2 Stoas and Agoras

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘civilization’.
  • Understand Ancient Greece, Greek life, their achievements and influence on the western world.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products which are fit for purpose.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the role of the public stoa in Ancient Greece; build a stoa from card and art straws.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To consider the role of the public stoa in the Ancient Greek community.
  • To act out the architecture and role of a public stoa. To build a stoa with card and art straws or construction.

Children will:

  • Consider and understand the role of the public stoa in the Ancient Greek community.
  • Act out the architecture and role of a public stoa.
  • Build a stoa with card and art straws or construction.

You Will Need

  • Lego
  • Air-drying clay
  • Art straws
  • Rolling pin
  • Card
  • Sticky tape

Session 3 The Theatre, Plays and Performances

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘civilization’.
  • Understand Ancient Greece, Greek life, achievements and influence on the western world.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products which are fit for purpose.

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

Find out about the theatre culture of the Hellenistic period of Ancient Greece; research the role and characteristics of the amphitheatre; make and decorate a theatre mask in the style of Ancient Greek theatre.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research the theatre culture of Hellenistic period of Ancient Greece, including the typical plays performed in the theatres. Understand the role and characteristics of the Ancient Greek theatre.
  • To make a theatre mask out of ModRoc™.
  • To decorate the mask in the style of the Ancient Greek theatre mask.

Children will:

  • Understand theatre culture of Ancient Greece and the role and characteristics of the Theatre.
  • Make a theatre mask out of ModRoc™.
  • Decorate it in the style of the Ancient Greek theatre mask.

You Will Need

  • ModRoc
  • Balloons
  • Plastic cups
  • Bowls of warm water
  • Wool
  • String
  • Material scraps

Session 4 Promoting the City

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘civilization’.
  • Understand Ancient Greece, Greek life, their achievements and influence on the western world.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals.

Teaching and Activities

Demonstrate your knowledge of Ancient Greek town buildings by making a model and then shooting a short small world figure film; host a movie premier for another class.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand how all the buildings of an Ancient Greek town fit together.
  • To shoot a short promotional film using small world figures visiting the different model buildings.

Children will:

  • Understand how all the buildings of an Ancient Greek town fitted together.
  • Shoot a short promo film using small world figures visiting the different model buildings and think about information and facts about the buildings in their group city.

Provided Resources

  • Aerial shot of the ancient city of Athens
  • Making a promotional video for your Ancient Greek city

You Will Need

  • Extra clay
  • Art straws
  • Lego for making buildings
  • Models from previous sessions
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Videoing equipment (iPads, cameras)