Ancient Greece
Trade

Understand Ancient Greek trading. Work with maps and discover the traded goods and their journeys. Learn how the economy worked. Design, make and play an Ancient Greek trading game.

Session 1 Introduction to the geography of the Ancient world

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries using maps.

Teaching and Activities

Locate Ancient Greece and the countries that made up their empire; play a sorting game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the wider world in the time of Ancient Greece.
  • To label a blank map of the Mediterranean with modern and ancient names.

Children will:

  • Assess the natural resources of an area through observation.
  • Use maps to help them locate places in the Mediterranean.
  • Match ancient place names to modern ones.

You Will Need

  • Atlases
  • Sketchbooks

Session 2 What did they trade?

Objectives

History

  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the nature of ancient civilizations.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

English

  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.

Geography

  • Human geography, the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

Discover the goods that were traded by the Ancient Greeks; play a trading game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To find out about what was traded between cities in the Archaic and Classical periods.
  • To retrieve and present information for catalogue.
  • To make a trade plan

Children will:

  • Undertake historical research.
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.
  • Explain how the uneven distribution of natural resources fuels trade.

You Will Need

  • Sketchbooks

Session 3 How do we know?

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims.

English

  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary.

Geography

  • Human geography, economic activity including trade links.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the evidence for Greek trading; learn about evidence from shipwrecks.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate a case study of a Greek shipwreck or archaeological site.
  • To retrieve and present information for catalogue.
  • To add the information they learn to their maps.

Children will:

  • Undertake historical research.
  • Retrieve and report information from non-fiction.
  • Demonstrate what the evidence tells us about economy and trade links.

You Will Need

  • Sketchbooks
  • The maps children were marking in the first session

Session 4 Currency and exchange

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'economy' 'exchange' 'coinage'.

English

  • Extend confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views.

Geography

  • Human geography, economic activity including trade links.

Teaching and Activities

How did the economy work? Find out about the different types.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research the introduction of coinage in Ancient Greece.
  • To debate the advantages and disadvantages of a barter system.
  • To decide whether their game will be barter or money based.

Children will:

  • Explain the economic system of exchange in Ancient Greece.
  • Make sketches of coins.
  • Debate the advantages and disadvantages of barter and money

You Will Need

  • Internet-enabled devices
  • Sketchbooks

Session 5 Plan the game

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

English

  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary.
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views.

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries using maps.
  • Human geography, including: economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

Show all you have learnt about trading by deciding the rules for an Ancient Greek trading game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use their knowledge to create a strategy game.
  • To discuss and agree the objectives and rules of the game.
  • To use their knowledge to decide the objectives and limitations of the game.

Children will:

  • Apply their knowledge of Ancient Greek trade to create a strategy game.
  • Apply their locational knowledge and human geographical knowledge of the Mediterranean to the game.
  • Take part in discussions and give justifications for their proposals.

You Will Need

  • Sketchbooks

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 6 Make the game

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

Art

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).

Teaching and Activities

Make your items to trade in the Ancient Greek trading game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To find out about Ancient Greek objects to recreate as props.
  • To create props to use in the game.

Children will:

  • Use their knowledge about Ancient Greek objects to make replicas.
  • Plan an artwork using their sketchbooks and discussion with a partner.
  • Work in a variety of materials.

You Will Need

  • FiMo
  • Air-drying clay
  • Cardboard
  • Potatoes
  • Metallic card
  • Metallic pens
  • Pears soap
  • Carving tools
  • Sketchbooks

Session 7 Play the game

Objectives

History

  • Study Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

English

  • Extend confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.

Geography

  • Human geography, including: economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

Dress up and play your trading game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate their knowledge of Ancient Greek trade by playing a strategy game.
  • To play the strategy game including bartering.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the human geography of the Ancient Greek world to play the game.

Children will:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of Ancient Greek trade to trade with other children.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the Mediterranean to trade with the right people.
  • Take part in a role play.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • The objects for trading the children created in session 6
  • The rules children created in session 5
  • Sketchbooks
  • Masking tape