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Gods and Mortals - Additional Resources

Let’s discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes!


This half term, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other gods who reign from Mount Olympus and create a 3-D head of our favourite god or goddess. We’ll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. In PE, we’ll take part in athletics and practise synchronised battle movements just like the ancient Greeks. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In D&T, we’ll design wings, just like Daedalus, and make Trojan horses. We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters.


At the end of the ILP, we’ll create our own gods and look forward to presenting these to you on a special manuscript.


Help your child prepare for their project
Greece is a fascinating country that has a long and colourful history. Why not sample some delicious Greek food such as baklava or tzatziki? You could also research ancient Greek pots and sketch the intricate images painted on them. Alternatively, have fun taking part in a back garden Olympics, seeing who can run the fastest or throw a ball the furthest!


Memorable experience  Meet Zeus
Innovate challenge  Pandora's box
History  Ancient Greece
A&D  3-D sculpture; Greek art and design
Computing  Using presentation software
D&T  Moving parts; Making models
Geography  Ancient and modern day Greece; Geographical features; Using maps
PE  Athletics; Battle formation; Dance
PSHE  Resolving differences
Science investigations  Why did Icarus fall from the sky?

Book List

📗 Recommended text | 📙 Love to Read guide available

📗 📙 Greek Myths for young children (Usborne)WaterstonesAmazon  Anna Milbourne9780746037256
Helping Hercules: The Greek Myths as you've never heard them beforeWaterstonesAmazon  Francesca Simon9781842551530
Ancient Greeks (Usborne Beginners)WaterstonesAmazon  Stephanie Turnbull9780746074855
Ancient Greece: 100 factsWaterstonesAmazon  Fiona MacDonald9781848101272
Ancient Greeks: What they don't tell you about…WaterstonesAmazon  Robert Fowke9780750280501
Groovy Greeks Presents: 'Orrible Olympics (Horrible Histories)WaterstonesAmazon  Terry Deary9781407171852
Groovy Greeks: Splats, hats and lots of rats! (Horrible Histories)WaterstonesAmazon  Terry Deary9781407135823
A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Greece (Usborne)WaterstonesAmazon  Lesley Sims9781409566168
Ancient Greece (DK Eyewitness)WaterstonesAmazon  DK9781409343653
How The Olympics Came To Be (The British Museum)WaterstonesAmazon  Helen East9780714131443
The Iliad and the OdysseyWaterstonesAmazon  Marcia Williams9781406303483
Minotuar's Maze (History Quest)WaterstonesAmazon  Timothy Knapman9781781711484
Greek MythsWaterstonesAmazon  Marcia Williams9781406303476
Greek Myths & Legends (Usborne Illustrated Guide To)WaterstonesAmazon  Cheryl Evans and Anne Millard9780746087190
Ancient GreeceWaterstonesAmazon  Andrew Solway9780199107643
The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and GoddessesWaterstonesAmazon  Geraldine McCaughrean9781843628668
Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek MythsWaterstonesAmazon  Lucy Coats9781842552797