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Ancient Greeks Learning Resources

Learn about Ancient Greeks with the Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology loves helping children and adults to learn about the Ancient Greeks. We have put together a range of activities aimed at primary school children. They are easily adaptable to other ages too.

The following home learning resources are available on this page:

  1. Tombstone of Hegeso
  2. Visit the Museum: KS2 Greeks Pack
  3. Design your own Greek Vase
  4. Hero Hybrid

 

1.  Tombstone of Hegeso

tombstone of hegeso, two women, one seated, with yellow overlay

Do you want to know how archaeologists know what they know?
Pretend to be an archaeologist and try to analyse the tombstone showing two women.
 
Use our image explorer to help you focus on different parts of the tombstone. Follow the questions to think about the tombstone. What does it show us about wealthy women and slaves in Ancient Greece?


You will need the following

  • our online resource (click below to download the pdf).
  • paper and pencil or pen to complete the activity

Download: Tombstone of Hegeso Resource (pdf)

You can access image explorer separately. The Hegeso Image Explorer will take you to an external website. 

 

2. Visit the Museum: KS2 Greeks Pack

We know it isn't always possible to visit our Cast Gallery. That's why we made these downloadable home learning packs. You can explore our Museum from afar - with no need to venture out of the house! 

Learning about the Ancient Greeks is easy.

 

You will need the following

  • Our online resources: click below to download the pdf version
  • Some paper and a pencil to write down your answers

Using our KS2 Ancient Greek resources, you can explore the following Greek Sculpture topics:

 

Colour, Gods and Goddesses

sculpted head of a woman with red hair and a red dress, with unpainted version in background

  • Be amazed by our colourful painted Peplos Kore and think about the effects of paint.
  • Meet some of the Greek Gods and Goddesses - and learn how to tell them apart.

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Colour and Gods (pdf)

 

Athletes

plaster cast of athletes playing hockey 

  • Find out more about ancient athletics - and how competitive the Greeks were.

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Athletes

 

Fights and Hercules

bearded man looking down (Farnese Hercules)

  • Talking of competition, find out more about war and how much the Greeks liked to fight
  • Learn about the famous hero, Hercules (or, as the Greeks called him, Herakles)

Download: KS2 Ancient Greeks Online Resource: Fights and Hercules (pdf)

 

 

3. Design Your Own Greek Vase

selection of small terracotta vases

Learn more about Greek Pottery! Use vase templates and sherds from our collection to design your own vase.

In this activity you will chose one of three pottery shapes. Next, you will draw and decorate your own inspired by Greek pottery styles. 

 

You will need the following

  •     paper, pencils, coloured pens or pencils. 
  •     our online resources, click below to download them 

 

Step 1: Choose the shape of your pot!

line drawings of different Greek vase shapes

The shapes of greek pottery tell us about their function. In this worksheet you can learn about three pottery shapes and what they were used for. To be ready for the next activity, choose your favourite and either print it off or draw it on a piece of paper. 

Download: Greek Vase Shapes Template (pdf)

 

Step 2: Design and Draw

broken piece of Greek pottery, with black patterns on red background' width= 

Download our guide to Greek Pottery and use it as inspiration to decorate the pot you have chosen. Share your designs with us!

Download: Greek Pottery Sherds Guide (pdf)

 

 

4. Hero Hybrid

Which Hero hybrid would you choose?

Ancient heroes came in all shapes and sizes. In this activity you will make your own hero inspired by our collection!

 

You will need the following

  • paper, pencils, colouring pencils or pens
  • the instructions, which you can download below

In this activity you will learn about mythical heroes and gods, and see what they look like in our museum. Follow the instructions to create your own heroes and heroines! You can also see an example of a hero created by our education team. 

 

Need help, answers, or want to share your creations? Why not reach out to us on our social media?

 

 

 

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