This term, we’ll be studying Ancient Greece for our topic and I know you’re going to enjoy it – the Ancient Greeks were an incredible civilization, advanced way beyond their years and pioneers for so many things we have today! We’ll be looking at the following:
- Key events that happened in Ancient Greece between 2000BC and 146BC (when Greece was conquered by the Romans)
- How the Ancient Greeks invented democracy and how different/similar it was to the democracy we live under today.
- Many Greek myths and heroes inspired by the period as well as the many Gods with human attributes Ancient Greeks believed in.
- The differences between two major city-states, Athens and Sparta, and the conflict that came about.
- Ancient Greek theatre and how the comedies and tragedies Greeks enjoyed watching form the basis of theatre we enjoy today.
- The origins of the Olympic Games, which was invented by the Greeks, and what its purpose was.
- Mathematical vocabulary we use today that originated from the Ancient Greeks
- The significance of Alexander the Great, another king known as ‘the Great’, and his influence on Ancient Greek civilization
In Art, we’ll be using Greek architecture for our drawing module and we’ll be using Ancient Greek architecture to help us learn to shade and draw in 3D.
In English, we’ll be reading ‘The Odyssey’ by Gillian Cross (an incredible story of a man’s determination, resilience and misfortune – written by Homer in 700BC) and using it as stimulus for writing opportunities. For our shared reading lessons, we’ll be reading ‘Mythologica’ by Steve Kershaw and Victoria Topping, a fascinating book all about the different Greek Gods and Goddesses. ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’, a light-hearted fantasy about a modern 12-year-old boy who learns that his true father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, is another book we’ll be reading.
To begin our new topic, I’d like you to write three different interesting facts about Ancient Greece in the comment section. If you already have three interesting facts about the Ancient Greeks you’d like to share, great. If not, you could do some research (you can use the internet of course but don’t forget about the books we have in the classroom!). Remember what we’ve been learning in Computing recently and check the reliability of your source and its facts. I’m looking forward to learning some new facts about Ancient Greece I didn’t already know!