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Term 3

Our Topic this term is entitled 'Ancient Greeks and Materials'

Who were the Ancient Greeks? What was their legacy? Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures – creating the world we know today. As geographers, we then spend some time thinking about the modern day and considering, ‘How is England different to Greece?’ Comparing the Geographical features of England to Greece.

 In Art, we will be considering: how people in the past have represented stories and characters, how we can use art to tell a creation story and how to design and create our own Greek masks. Materials – Hundreds of different materials are used to make everyday objects. Some materials occur naturally, e.g. wood from trees while others are manmade in factories, e.g. plastic. Some materials are magnetic; some allow heat and electricity to pass through them. But with so many different materials to choose from, how do we decide which to use? This term we master working scientifically to explore and ask questions about the materials of the world around us.


This term we have been learning all things Ancient Greece. We started with a Greek day where we dressed up like members of Greek society. We listened to famous Greek myths and designed our own mythical creatures. We tasted all types of Greek food and we all found a particular fondness of olives (NOT!!). We also researched all the gods that the Ancient Greeks believed in.


We were extremely lucky to have received a CAT box from the Canterbury Archeologically Trust containing items linked to the Greeks. Inside we found a water timer, which would be used to measure 6 minutes. We also looked at some Greek voting chips that were used to show whether a person was guilty or not guilty.

In PSHE this term we have been learning out what to do if there is a medical emergency. The children acted out scenarios and followed the St John’s Ambulance advise on what to do in these situations.