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The Trojan War


After exploring the events of the Trojan War the children were asked: 'Do you think the ancient Greeks were right to trick the Trojans or was it an unfair way to win?' They each used their oracy skills to give reasons for their option to the rest of the class.



We explored how the legacy of the Ancient Greeks has impacted on Britain today. We created a class video using the 'Clips' app and included discussion about:

  • The Olympic Games
  • The Government
  • Architecture
  • The Alphabet
  • The Theatre


Education and Democracy in Ancient Greece 


Did you know that the two main provinces of Ancient Greece were Athens and Sparta?

Firstly, we had to acquire knowledge about the similarities and differences in the two provinces. We discovered that ,despite the fact that they shared the same heritage and language, ancient Spartans and ancient Athenians were very different.  The Spartans were warriors, disciplined and strong, and always ready to die for their homeland.

Athenians were educated and those who were not soldiers were philosophers, politicians, writers, musicians, and sculptors. Additionally, Athens was a democracy (the very first!) and Sparta was a dictatorship (King Leonidas was in charge!).


Using our newly acquired knowledge, we explored these differences together and then were split up into two groups: Athenians and Spartans! We then held a class debate, using our knowledge to argue why our province was the best place to live.


Using our oracy skills we were able to further develop our knowledge of Athenians and Spartans. Below are two examples from our debate teams!


'Girls are allowed to be educated in Sparta! Just one of the many reasons why it would be absurd to live in Athens! Only few people have rich parents so what would the rest of the girls do? Don't be an idiotic fool!'

-Olivia M


' Life as an Athenian is superior to life as a Spartan! We live in a democracy! We ALL get a say! A dictatorship is poisonous! Would you really want to lose your voice? Would you really want to have no say in your own laws? No! So why even consider that Sparta would be the best place to live. Do the right thing- live in Athens!' - Jacob J

In the delivery of their debate pupils:

  • Demonstrated a good command of Standard English using ambitious vocabulary and language devices.
  • Used a growning awareness of whether to add detail or remain conci and justified answers.
  • Spoke at an appropriate pace and adpatated their intonation as required enunciating all words clearly.
  • Established eye contact with the listener, stood straight when engaged in both speaking and listening and used some appropraite hand gestures. 
  • Listen carefully to points raised, thinking about how to question them and make comments or ask questions.