Greece is the southernmost country in Europe, sharing borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey.The mainland has rugged mountains, dense forests and beautiful lakes – but the country is best known for the thousands of islands dotting the blue Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Ionian Sea to the west.
They were often rivals and fought each other in the Peloponnesian Wars.
At other times they united together in order to protect the Greek lands from invaders.
Ancient Greece was a civilization that dominated much of the Mediterranean thousands of years ago.
At its peak under Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece ruled much of Europe and Western Asia.
Our Science topic this half term is all about the circulatory system, the function of the heart, lungs and blood and how to stay healthy.
In computing, the children will learn how to create an online survey and analyse the results.
And once you’ve had your fill of Ancient Greek facts, be sure to scroll down to learn more about Greece today… It’s believed the first Ancient Greek civilisations were formed nearly 4,000 years ago (approximately 1600 BC) by the mighty Mycenaeans of Crete (a Greek Island).
The Ancient Greek Empire spread from Greece through Europe and, in 800 BC, the Greeks started to split their land into city-states, each with its own laws, customs and rulers. The Greeks had some strange superstitions about food – some wouldn’t eat beans as they thought they contained the souls of the dead! The Ancient Greeks had lots of stories to help them learn about their world. Events at the Greek’s Olympics included wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus and chariot racing. Most Ancient Greeks wore a chiton, which was a long T-shirt made from one large piece of cotton.
They will present their research in a variety of ways, including reports and information leaflets.
The children will also explore Greek myths and create their own hero and mythological beast.