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Y5 Term 2 Ancient Greeks

National curriculum content

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, including the nature of ancient civilisations. Study Ancient Greek life and achievements, and their influence on the western world. Learn about the legacy of Greek culture and the impact of this legacy on later periods in British history, including the present day. Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims.


Lesson objectives

  1. To understand who the Ancient Greeks were.
  2. To explore and understand the daily life of an Ancient Greek.
  3. To compare the lives of Greeks who lived in Athens and Sparta.
  4. To understand where the Olympics originated, and how the games have been adapted over time.
  5. To explore the role that Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses played.
  6. To find out about the Trojan War.


What we want children to know

  • Identify and evaluate achievements of the Ancient Greeks
  • Describe aspects of Greek life in different places and how it has changed over time
  • Use evidence available to draw conclusions about Ancient Greece
  • Construct historical accounts of Ancient Greece 


What skills we want children to develop

• Investigate open and closed questions about Ancient Greek life and society

• Pose their own questions relevant to an enquiry

• Know where to locate suitable information and ideas

• Make inferences and deductions

• Recognise different viewpoints and interpretations

• Compare and contrast information

• Explain causes and effects.



Acropolis, comedy, satire, tragedy, Corinthian, Doric and Ionic, democracy, dictatorship, Hellenistic, hoplite, Olympic Games, pankration, Spartans, triremes, tyrants