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Chinese number 6.

Ancient Greece

Level 2 Achievement objective, C2

Students will describe how individuals and groups share characteristics and are also unique.

Learning objective

Students will:

  • participate in activities traditional to Ancient Grecian culture and describe how these activities were unique.

Level 1 Achievement objective, B1

Students will develop a wide range of movement skills.

Learning objective

Students will:

  • participate in a selection of Ancient Olympic activities.

Activity 1 – Olympa-groove

Notes: Provide some facts about Greece and the Ancient Olympic Games – see Ancient Olympics or use storybooks from the reading list in lesson 1 – One world, part one. Students should understand that the Olympic Games are VERY old and that these were activities from a VERY long time ago (776 BC).

Activity 2 – Grecian games

Students work in groups of eight to complete the same task (give each group a Grecian state name, for example, Sparta, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Thebes, Elis, Rhodes). Spend 5–7 minutes exploring each activity as a class, then move on to the next (while the class works in groups, they are still doing the same activity at the same time).

  • Sprint race – running the length of the stadium. Groups line up together to race against their own group members then the next group races.
  • Chariot racing – pair students up within the group of eight, one as the horse, the other as the charioteer (using skipping rope around the horse's belly). Use the 400m track and spread students out around the track so that pairs are running no more than 60m (consistent with Athletics Guidelines).
  • Pankraton (boxing/wrestling) – modification of this wrestling game is knee slaps. In pairs, attempt to slap the knees of your partner as they try to do the same to you. First to five, then swap partner within your group of eight.
  • Hoplitodromos (race in armour) – each team of eight must carry their ‘armour’ as they take part in the relay event (of own design). You can adapt sports equipment for armour (eg head gear, practice javelins, and cricket pads).

Key questions

  • What do these events remind you of?
  • Why were there events like this?
  • How are these games different from what people play now?
  • How are they the same?
  • Why do these games have rules?

Notes: Before having lesson 7, remind students that the Olympic Games began in Greece and every four years (Olympiad) these Games are still held, but are shared around different countries.

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