Good morning Year 5,

The pottery of ancient Greece from c. 1000 to c. 400 BCE provides the oldest and most diverse representations of the cultural beliefs and practices of the ancient Greeks. Further, pottery, with its durability (even when broken) and lack of appeal to treasure hunters, is one of the great archaeological survivors and is, therefore, an important tool for archaeologists and historians in finding out about the chronology of ancient Greece.ย 

Storage Jar with Herakles Attacking a Centaur


The ancient Greeks created some of the finest pottery the world has ever known.

The ancient Greeks were famous for their clay pots. Potters in the city states of Corinth and Athens made beautiful pottery. They used a watery clay mixture to make patterns on the clay before it was hard. Then the pot was baked in an oven called a kiln. The areas painted with the clay mixture turned black and the unpainted areas turned a reddish-brown.

Please watch the video below to find out more about how the vases were made and why they were mainly orange and black.

Today’s task:

Using the information you learnt from yesterday’s Big Question (ancient Greek gods and goddesses), create a design for an ancient Greek vase.ย 

First, choose the shape of your pot: greek pots templates

Next, think of your favourite ancient Greek myth or legend and how you will portray this in your vase. For example, this image shows the story of Cronus & Rhea:

Please send in photos via the Homework Uploader.

If you have what you need at home you could try out something we would have done in class: How to make a scratch art Greek vase (printable)

Please tell us in the comments below what your pottery represents and a little brief summary of the myth in your pottery art.

I can’t wait to see them!

Good luck,

Mrs Avdiu & Ms Robertson

Printable version of this blog here: Tuesday History blog week 4

18 comments on “History – Ancient Greek Culture (12.5.20)

  1. Ms Robertson says:

    Hi Yr 5!
    I can’t wait to see all of your fantastic creations!

  2. Hello everyone! I hope that you have had a great day so far! I am still finishing todayโ€™s task. I think that mine looks really nice and I am sure that yours will look GREAT too!

    ~ Nika ???

  3. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Can’t wait to see! Thank you for being so friendly on the blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. No worries ?

  5. Hello everyone, I hope that you are all well. I am at the hub at the moment but when I get home I will start working on mine and I can’y wait ton see everyone else’s. Have a good day!

  6. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Hi Elsa, thank you for your kind greeting. I look forward to seeing yours! Say hello to Miss Jones ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey everyone!
    I really enjoyed doing this and I just finished mine! I think that it looks quite nice ๐Ÿ˜€ and I hope that all of yours do too!

    I hope you all have a nice day!!! Bye!


  8. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Thanks Kayla, please share it via the Homework Uploader!

  9. Hello everyone hope you are all well this is my myth:

    Odysseus and Cyclops

    The myth Odysseus and Cyclops which is also a poem is one of the most known Ancient Greek myths ever. The myth of
    Odysseus and the Cyclops is about the one eyed giant Cyclops who menaced and almost put an end to the hero Odysseus like he did to his crew. The only thing Odysseus wanted to do was to get to his family for he escaped the Troyon battle and has been floating around with no crew all alone. I think the Cyclops is one of the most memorable character of Greek mythology. I really liked this myth I have drawn the vase hope you like it.

  10. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Hi Claudia, thank you for sharing! That is one of my favourite myths. What do you think the moral/message of this story was to people at the time?

  11. Hello Mrs Avdiu thank you I think the moral is you can never run away from your fears because they will always come back and you have to face them together.

  12. Violette says:

    Dear All,
    It was a great activity! I enjoyed drawing my Greek vase !
    I am sending you the picture to share it with you !

  13. Sebastiao says:

    Hi everyone,
    I have finished my design and I will send it in to the homework uploader.

    Have a good day! ??

  14. Hi Everyone!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am working on my design and I will send it in as soon as possible !!

  15. Hello everyone!
    I have just finished my design.
    I really enjoyed making it.
    I hope you all have a nice day!

  16. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Thanks Tommaso! Donโ€™t forget to share a photo

  17. Mrs Avdiu says:

    Thank you to everyone who uploaded their vases above. I am astounded at how talented you all are – they are just phenomenal!
    Please have a look at each other’s vases. Once you click the photos you will see I have written the name of the ‘artist’ at the bottom of the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Mathilde says:

    Hello everyone I liked doing the task today. I hope everyone has a great day. I mad a drawing of Zeus. It is a red figure drawing. I would like to try a black on red figure next.

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